Nursing — RN to B.S.

The Admissions Committee is looking for individuals who reflect a high degree of personal integrity, dependability, self-discipline, intellectual vigor, and a caring and thoughtful manner.

Application deadlines

Applicants seeking undergraduate admission must have the application process completed by the dates indicated in the following.

  • Autumn Quarter—March 31
  • Winter Quarter—August 15
  • Spring Quarter—November 1

In addition to Loma Linda University admission requirements, the applicant must also meet the following requirements:

  1. Registered nurse in active practice
  2. No grades below a C submitted for transfer.
  3. Complete an interview with the recruiter.
  4. Completed an Associate in Science degree or diploma from an accredited school of nursing.
  5. Have a license to practice nursing in California as a registered nurse.
  6. Completed all nonnursing requirements or their equivalents on the lower division level. The applicant must have a minimum of 87 quarter (61 semester) units to be eligible for upper division status.
  7. Completed the following course prerequisites:
Domain 1: Religion and humanities (28 quarter units)28*
Prorated, based on units taken at a Seventh-day Adventist college or university. (See University Division of General Studies for religion and humanities specifics.)
Minimum of 12 units that must include a modern language (required; Spanish preferred) and at least two of the following areas: civilization/history, fine arts, literature, philosophy, or performing/visual arts (not to exceed 4 quarter units)
Domain 2: Scientific inquiry and analysis (43 quarter units)
Natural Sciences (31 units minimum):
Human anatomy and physiology with laboratory, complete sequence8
Introduction to chemistry with laboratory, one quarter/semester4
Basic medical microbiology with laboratory5
Natural science electives4
Social Sciences (12 units minimum):
Sociology or Anthropology4
General psychology4
Developmental psychology (life span development)4
Domain 3: Communication (13 quarter units)
English composition, complete sequence9
Domain 4: Health and wellness (2-6 quarter units)
Physical education (two separate physical activity courses)R
Nutrition (may be embedded in nursing content courses)I
Domain 5: Electives
To meet total GE requirements of 68 quarter units and total degree requirements of 193 quarter units.

Some of these may be completed while a student at LLU.




Integrated in previous nursing course 

If the registered nurse (RN) is a graduate of an accredited nursing program, the nursing credits will be accepted as equivalent to the School of Nursing lower division courses. For unaccredited schools, or for additional information regarding transfer credit, see section on "Transfer Credit" under Admission Policies. Credit for 300-level nursing courses will be granted upon satisfactory completion of NRSG 337 Strategies for Professional Transition and NRSG 407 Complex Nursing Concepts of Health and Disease.

NRSG 324Nursing Informatics and Evidence-Based Practice3
NRSG 337Strategies for Professional Transition4
NRSG 375Introduction to Applied Biostatistics for Nurses3
NRSG 375LComputer Applications in Biostatistics1
NRSG 404Introduction to Epidemiology for Nursing3
NRSG 407Complex Nursing Concepts of Health and Disease6
NRSG 414Management and Leadership for the Working Nurse 15
or NRSG 419 Capstone: Management and Leadership in Nursing
NRSG 415Community Mental Health Nursing4
NRSG 424Professional Practice for the Working RN 17
or NRSG 418 Capstone Nursing Practicum
NRSG 426Public Health Nursing for Working RNs4
NRSG 426LPublic Health Nursing Clinical Laboratory for the Working RN4
NRSG 429Nursing Research3
ENGL 300Writing Seminar for Health-Care Professionals 22
REL_4__Upper-division Religion 34
Select one course from the following:2
Adventist Beliefs and Life
Loma Linda Perspectives
Adventist Heritage and Health
Current Issues in Adventism
Total Units55

NRSG 418 Capstone Nursing Practicum and NRSG 419 Capstone: Management and Leadership in Nursing required if not currently employed as an RN


Course may be waived based on selected admission criteria


Students are required to take at least one course from the content areas of RELE, RELR, and one of the required RELT courses listed above.  If students need a total of 6 required religion units, a 2 unit course will be taken from each of the content areas.  Total units required are based on the percentage of course work from an SDA college/university. The maximum requirement is 16 units including transfer credit.

Total unit requirement for graduation is 193 quarter units (transfer units plus above listed courses).

Normal time to complete the program

1.33 years (four academic quarters] at LLU) — based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted