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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, you’ll be enabled to provide holistic and compassionate health care through a strong foundation in 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. 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.
- 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
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 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) but preference is given to students who have done their lower-division course work at FPU.
*Foreign language requirement may be met by one of the following:
- Level III high school language with grade of C- or better in the final semester.
- A passing grade in elementary, level II, college language study.
- Examination (CLEP, local examination, TOEFL or IELTS)
Approval and Accreditation
The pre-licensure registered nursing (BSN) program received California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) approval for feasibility in June 2019. In addition, we are seeking accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Accreditation evaluation is a multi-year process that has begun and will continue until after the first cohort has graduates.