1. What are the Professional Studies programs?

The Professional Studies programs are for working adults who want to complete their Bachelor’s Degree.  Classes are held in a cohort model and students attend class only one night per week. You can complete your degree in as little as 22 months.
-Major (cohort) classes are 5 weeks long and held on campus.
-General education classes are offered both on campus (5-8 weeks) and online (7 weeks).
-The RN to BSN classes are 7 or 8 weeks long and you can complete your upper division BSN course work in 16 – 24 months.
-Early Childhood Education classes are seven weeks long and fully online.


2. How often do new classes begin?

New classes begin every five weeks (onsite) and every eight weeks (online).


3. How many units do I need to begin a cohort?

You can start your upper division coursework when you have completed 57 units.  It is strongly recommended that students complete their General Education coursework prior to beginning their cohort.  For the RN to BSN program, students must hold a current RN License from California except for the dual enrollment application who can sit for their N-Clex while in the program.


4. Do I have to finish my general education prior to transferring into the Professional Studies programs?

No.  Students may transfer into the Professional Studies programs with any amount of units.  An Admissions Counselor will meet with you and complete a complimentary evaluation of your transcripts to see what classes you need to graduate. We offer general education and elective courses both online and in a classroom setting.


5. Can I test out of general education units?

Yes. The CLEP and DANTES exam may be taken for a maximum of 24 units. Exams taken must not be duplicates of any courses taken. Duplicate units will not be transferred in.


6. What day and time are courses offered?

Major/cohort courses are offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evening from 6pm-10pm. General Education and elective courses are offered Thursday 6pm-10pm or online.

Early Childhood Education are offered online.


7. How much is tuition?

2015/2016 Tuition Rates
$355/unit for General Education/Elective courses
$485/unit for Major/Cohort courses
$515/unit for Nursing Major/Cohort courses
$355/unit for Early Childhood Education Lower Division courses
2016/2017 Tuition Rates
$375/unit for General Education/Elective courses
$510/unit for Major/Cohort courses
$450/unit for Nursing Major/Cohort courses
$355/unit for Early Childhood Education Lower Division courses


8. Is Financial Aid available?

Yes. Financial Aid is offered through the FAFSA application. Please see the Financial Aid website for further information.


9. Are discounts available for Professional Studies students?

Yes. Click here to learn more about the 25% Professional Colleague Discount and click here to learn more about the Affiliate Partner Discount.


10. Do I need work experience to be eligible for the Professional Studies programs?

Work experience is preferred, but not required for all Professional Studies Programs. Students with less than 5 years work experience applying to the Business program or less than three years work experience applying to the Religion program will be required to write an additional essay as part of the admissions requirements. Nursing students have a preferred 1 year work experience requirement in the field of nursing.


11. When is the Priority deadline?

Students are encouraged to apply at any time as classes start every five weeks.  The priority application deadline is three weeks prior to a class start.


12. What is the minimum GPA requirement?

2.0 GPA for regular standing.
3.0 GPA is preferred for the RN to BSN program.


13. What is the workload for each course?

In each accelerated class, you can expect to complete approximately 15-20 hours of coursework each week.


14. What can I expect from an online class?

All of the online class in the Professional Studies program are asynchronous.  Asynchronous courses do not require students to log in at a specific time each week to “attend” class.  Instead, students must submit assignments at designated times throughout the week and may access materials and lectures at the time of their choosing.


15. Is Vanguard University accredited?

Yes. Vanguard is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WASC). The RN-to-BSN degree program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Vanguard is a member of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and an Associate Member of Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.


16. How do I get started?

Email gpsadmissions@vanguard.edu or call us at 877.669.8872 to speak to an Admissions Counselor and schedule an appointment to review program details.