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Nursing - BSN Pre-Licensure

Offered: On Campus Apply

The BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) Pre-Licensure program is for students who need to complete prerequisite courses or may be ready to apply to the Nursing major but are not licensed nurses. Following completion of the bachelor's program, these students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam to become licensed nurses. 

Students will be equipped to be compassionate health care providers and leaders in the Nursing profession. Students will receive simulated training in two on-campus, state-of-the-art Simulation Labs opened in 2015 and 2017.

Students take part in clinical training at leading partner health care facilities including St. Jude Medical Center, Orange County Global Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital, Children's Hospital of Orange County and Orange Coast Medical Center as well as participating in a variety of community-based experiences.

We offer two pathways to the BSN Pre-Licensure Degree

  • Pre-Nursing for first-time freshmen and transfer students who need to complete prerequisite courses.
  • Nursing for transfer students (current Vanguard undergraduates or transfers from other institutions) who have completed prerequisites and are ready to apply into the Nursing major.

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View program requirements in the Academic Catalog


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.


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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.