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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 or online depending on the program. You can complete your degree in as little as 22 months.

  • Major (cohort) classes are 5-8 weeks long and held on campus or online, depending on the program.
  • General education classes are offered both on campus (5-8 weeks) and online (7 weeks).
  • The RN to BSN classes are 7 to 8 week hybrid courses and can completed in as little as 12 months.
  • Early Childhood classes are seven weeks long and fully online.

How often do new classes begin?

New classes begin every five weeks (on campus) and every seven weeks (online).

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 California RN License or be enrolled in an ADN program.

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.

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.

What day and time are courses offered?

General education and major/cohort courses are offered one night a week, Monday through Thursday, from 6-10 p.m. Early childhood, religion, elective and additional general education courses are offered fully online.

How much is tuition?

2017/2018 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 Lower Division courses

Is Financial Aid available?

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

Are discounts available for Professional Studies students?

Yes. click here to learn more about the 25% Affiliate Partner Discount.

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 three 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.

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.

What is the minimum GPA requirement?

2.0 GPA for regular standing.

3.0 GPA is preferred for the RN to BSN program.

what is the workload for each course?

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

What can I expect from an online class?

Most of the online classes in the Professional Studies program are asynchronous, with the exception of online religion courses, which 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. Synchronous courses require students to be online at a specific time.

Is Vanguard University accredited?

Yes. Vanguard is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WASC). The RN to BSN program is 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.

How do I get started?

Apply online OR email spsadmissions@vanguard.edu OR call us at 714.668.6130 to speak to schedule an appointment to take the next step!

will my units transfer?

The Registrar's Office is available to assist all transfer students or you can review Vanguard University's transfer guidelines here.

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