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Nursing - RN to BSN

Offered: On Campus & Online Apply

The nursing department 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.

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Format & Schedule

Vanguard University offers the RN to BSN program in two formats, hybrid – with both in-person and online instruction – and fully online. Both are taught by expert faculty using the same curriculum. Students can choose from the following:

1. Hybrid Format (classes on campus and online) - Students enroll in two 8 week classes per semester. Class is taught one night per week on campus for 3-4 hours and includes one Saturday class per semester.

2. Online Format - Students enroll in two 8-week classes per semester. It is recommended that students attend on campus orientation at the beginning of the initial start term.

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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Quick Facts

Total Units: 40
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 2020/2021 academic year and is subject to change.


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.