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Nursing - RN to BSN

Offered: On Campus & Online Apply

The department of nursing seeks to provide quality undergraduate and graduate nursing programs that promote academic excellence while integrating the values of truth, virtue and service.

RN to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

This program is for licensed nurses or students currently enrolled in an ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) dual enrollment program at another institution who seek to complete a bachelor’s degree. This program consists of 9 courses, 8 weeks each, and can be completed in as little as 10 months. The student must have their RN license prior to the last class, NURS 420 Community Health Nursing. After graduation, the student is eligible to apply for the Public Health Nurse (PHN) certificate.

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Quick Facts

Total Units: 30
Cost Per Unit: $485*
Length of Program: 1-2 years
Start Terms: Spring, Summer, Fall

Program Benefits: 
-Dual Enrollment Option 
-Public Health Certificate
-10% Professional Colleague Discount available

*Tuition is based on the 2022/2023 academic year and is subject to change.

Format & Schedule

Vanguard University offers the RN to BSN program in three formats, Hybrid - with both in-person and online instruction, fully online, or hyflex, a combination of both. Students may enroll in two 8-week classes per semester, or choose to enroll up to four courses in a semester, or two nights per week as an accelerated option.

1. Hybrid Format - Students attend class in-person or remotely, and complete additional online assignments facilitated by the professor.

2. Online Format - Students complete online assignments independently facilitated by the professor. 

3. Hyflex Format - Students may choose to attend class in-person or on zoom, or may choose to complete alternative assignments independently that meet the same objectives for that class session.*

There are dual enrollment options for ADN students. The program can be completed in as few as 10 months. Class sizes are intentionally small and classes may be taken out of order.  Classes are available fall, spring and summer terms.

*Online students are combined in courses with students in live, hybrid courses.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Vanguard University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.


1. To provide quality-nursing programs which equip students for a spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.

2. To prepare graduates who can provide age appropriate, culturally sensitive, and competent care within a framework of scientific and professional accountability and function independently in a variety of healthcare settings.

3. To prepare graduates with the necessary foundation for further education and specialization within their chosen career paths and who demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning and personal, spiritual and professional growth.

4. To establish innovative educational and community partnerships that better prepare graduates to meet the complex needs of the populations they serve.

5. To be recognized as a center of Christian nursing education that demonstrates spiritual vitality and academic excellence.


1. Use a systematic approach in assessing, planning, testing, and evaluating innovative and evidence-based solutions to patient care problems across a variety of healthcare settings.

2. Develop and articulate an understanding of a Biblical worldview in integrating values of truth, virtue, and service in personal and professional life and in providing Christ-centered leadership and service.

3. Demonstrate behaviors that integrate altruism, autonomy, integrity, social justice, and respect for diversity and human dignity across the lifespan.

4. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for self and nursing practice, engagement in life-long learning, demonstrating a holistic view of health and living and ongoing professional growth.

5. Use communication theories and techniques to promote communication and collaborative relationships with intra-professional healthcare team members, individuals, families, groups, and communities.

6. Use a problem-solving approach in evaluating patient health status and in advocating for the patient and family, anticipating and reducing risk, and improving health outcomes.

7. Apply cultural competence theory in the care of diverse individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan and across the continuum of healthcare environments.

8. Demonstrate technology skills in locating, retrieving, applying, and evaluating the integrity of information while using information responsibly and ethically.

9. Apply leadership concepts, skills, decision making, and problem solving in the provision and oversight of nursing practice, and in advocating for equitable health care.

Program Highlights

Relevant Coursework

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, our scientifically sound, values-based nursing education prepares graduates to lead with knowledge, integrity and compassion in an increasingly complex health-care environment.

Community Involvement

Students are placed in clinical areas where they are able to experience a role in nursing working outside the hospital in the community. Roles such as Parish Nursing (or Faith Community Nursing), school nursing, Correctional Facility nursing in the jail, diabetic educator, obstetrics educator, nurse navigation, mental health and homeless clinics and other opportunities in the community allow students to experience different roles in nursing.

Financial Aid

70% of Vanguard’s Professional Studies students receive financial aid. Students who start the program with a colleague are eligible for a 10% tuition discount. 

Meet the RN to BSN Program Chair

Julia Wilson, DNP, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, PHN

Dr. Julia Wilson has taught nursing at Vanguard University since 2008, and also taught at Golden West College in the Associate Degree in Nursing program for over six years. She is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, and worked for 21 years as an FNP at a clinic in Irvine. She also worked at Hoag Hospital for 34 years, the majority of the time with cardiac patients. Dr. Wilson earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing at CSU Long Beach, and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the CSU Consortium (CSULB, CSUF, CSULA).  Dr Wilson was actively involved in growing and developing Vanguard’s RN to BSN program, and became Chair in 2014.  She is committed to helping students develop their nursing knowledge and supports them in achieving their career goals. 

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