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As a nursing major at Fresno Pacific University, you’ll be equipped with the values, knowledge, and skills to improve health for all through leadership and service. As a graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, you’ll be enabled to provide holistic and compassionate health care through a strong foundation in the nursing care of individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan. Our program’s focus is on wellness and disease prevention, evidence-based nursing practice, servant leadership, and culturally relevant care in a Christian environment.  Built on a strong liberal arts foundation, you’ll develop a sense of social responsibility as well as transferable intellectual and practical skills such as communication, conflict resolution, problem-solving, and the ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings. In the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, a rigorous program of study, you’ll be supported and challenged as you learn in the classroom, in the nursing lab, and in clinical settings throughout the Central San Joaquin Valley. If you have your RN or are actively working toward your RN, please visit our RN to BSN program page.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Small class sizes in a cohort model
  • Innovative curriculum taught by supportive faculty with decades of nursing experience
  • An emphasis on wellness and health promotion as well as evidence-based nursing practice across the lifespan
  • Opportunities to train at some of the best hospitals in the San Joaquin Valley
  • Personalized advising from faculty
  • Courses that integrate faith and science
  • A focus on the human and spiritual aspects of nursing, as well as the physical and technical skills needed to answer the call to serve

Career opportunities

Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) to be licensed as a registered nurse (RN) and enter into professional nursing practice. You will meet California BRN requirements to apply for the Public Health Nurse certification. As a graduate, you’ll be prepared for nursing positions in direct patient care, education, and administration throughout the health care industry - in hospitals, clinics, public health agencies, and more. After successfully completing the BSN degree, you’ll have the educational foundation for entry into the master's program that prepares advanced practice nurses for roles as nurse practitioners in primary care.

Admission requirements

Admission to the BSN program at FPU is a 2 step process. First, students must meet the admissions requirements and be admitted to the University. Admitted freshmen students will then enroll in 2 years of general education requirements and nursing prerequisite classes.

During the second year, students must apply and submit the requirements for the BSN program. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the BSN program. The BSN nursing admission committee will be looking at performance in program course prerequisites, ATI TEAS scores, and the nursing application along with a written statement, in-person interviews, and other academic information. You must be able to pass all criminal history checks and medical and drug tests.

Admission to the BSN program is competitive and limited by the number of available clinical spots. Transfer students may apply for direct entry starting for Fall 2022 (our first year of clinicals).

BSN Program Application

To apply, complete and submit the following items:

  • Nursing, BSN program application
  • Two reference forms for the BSN program: one academic reference and one personal character reference.
  • Personal Statement on why you want to pursue nursing at FPU. (Typed; 500 word-minimum.)
  • Transcripts of any courses completed at institutions other than FPU if not previously submitted during the FPU application process. Science prerequisite courses must have been completed within five years of applying or approved upon review by the BSN program director.
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) score.

For additional program information or admission questions contact

Jen Penner
Assistant Director of Health Science Admission and Recruitment

Transferring to Fresno Pacific

Come and experience the FPU community and finish your degree with us! Visit our Transfer page to learn more about transferring or connect with a Transfer Specialist to ensure your transition to FPU is as smooth as possible.

Transfer to FPU

Course listing

Semester 1 of 8 (Year 1, Fall)
BIOL 231Human anatomy and physiology I3
BIOL 231LHuman anatomy and physiology I LAB1
CP 152LCollege transitions and success1
COM 110Written communication3
BIB 100Jesus and the Christian community3
HIST 120Ancient civilizations4
PE 100-154Physical education activity1
 Total Units16
Semester 2 of 8 (Year 1, Spring)
BIOL 232Human anatomy and physiology II3
BIOL 232LHuman anatomy and physiology II LAB1
BLIT 310-349Biblical literature course3
HIST 130Medieval and early modern civilizations4
COM 120Oral communication3
 Humanities elective (one of two)3
 Total Units17
Semester 3 of 8 (Year 2, Fall)
CHEM 210Chemistry for Allied Health3
CHEM 212LChemistry for Allied Health: Laboratory1
PSY 360Life span development3
HIST 140Modern civilizations4
KIN 270Nutrition3
 Humanities Elective (two of two)3
 Total Units17
Semester 4 of 8 (Year 2, Spring)
BIOL 340Microbiology3
BIOL 340LMicrobiology LAB1
MATH 205Introductory Statistics3
MATH 206LIntroductory Statistics Lab (Recommended)1
NURS 315Professional Role Development, Nursing Theory and Health Promotion3
THEO 465FS: Theological ethics of conflict and peacemaking3
SOC 120Introduction to sociology3
 Total Units17
Semester 5 of 8 (Year 3, Fall)
NURS 335APathophysiology and pharmacology I3
NURS 330Health assessment1
NURS 330LHealth assessment LAB2
 NURS 300Foundations of nursing3
NURS 300L    Foundations of nursing PRACTICUM3
NURS 311Nursing care of the adult and elder I (geriatrics; med/surg)2
NURS 311L    Nursing care of the adult and elder PRACTICUM I1
 Total Units15
Semester 6 of 8 (Year 3, Spring)
NURS 335BPathophysiology and pharmacology II3
NURS 321Nursing care of the adult and elder II (geriatrics; med/surg)2
NURS 321L    Nursing care of the adult and elder PRACTICUM II1
NURS 341Nursing care of the childbearing family (obstetrics)2
NURS 341L    Nursing care of the childbearing family PRACTICUM 1
NURS 350Nursing Care of Children2
NURS 350L    Nursing Care of Children PRACTICUM 1
NURS 450Nursing Informatics and Economics3
COM 420FS: Conflict Management3
 Total Units18
Semester 7 of 8 (Year 4, Fall)
NURS 411Mental Health Nursing2
NURS 411L    Mental Health Nursing PRACTICUM2
NURS 431Nursing care of the critically ill2
NURS 431L    Nursing care of the critically ill PRACTICUM 2
NURS 420Nursing Research3
NURS 343Writing in the natural sciences3
NURS 470Global Community and Health Diversity1
NURS 470L    Global Community and Health Diversity PRACTICUM1
 Total Units16
Semester 8 of 8 (Year 4, Spring)
NURS 435Public Health Nursing and Global Health Issues3
NURS 445Public Health Nursing and Community Health Assessment3
NURS 465Leadership and Clinical Management With Practicum3
NURS 480Senior project3
NURS 475NCLEX Review1
 Total Units13

 *Foreign language requirement may be met by one of the following:

  1. Level III high school language with grade of C- or better in the final semester.
  2. A passing grade in elementary, level II, college language study.
  3. Examination (CLEP, local examination, TOEFL or IELTS)

Approval and Accreditation

The pre-licensure registered nursing program received California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) approval for feasibility in June 2019. Full program approval is a multi-year process.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Fresno Pacific University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

View our State Professional Licensing and Certificate Disclosure. 

Program director

Photo of Photo of Rox Ann Sparks

Rox Ann Sparks, DNP, RN, LNC, CMHIMP

Professor Nursing, RN to BSN Program Director, BSN Program Director