Brandman University

Brandman University offers over 50 certificate and degree programs catered towards working professionals and adults in the military.  In operation since 1958, Brandman University is part of the Chapman University family and was founded to provide a feasible higher education alternative for adults in the military. The Chapman network includes over 20 other colleges based in California and Washington.  The university offers programs in the fields of Nursing, Education, Business and Professional Studies.

Overview of Programs, Certificates and Degrees

  • Offers online bachelors through doctoral and post-doctoral certificate programs
  • All nursing courses are delivered online with required campus-based “immersion” courses

Online Nursing and Health Care Degrees Review

Brandman University offers comprehensive nursing study options for healthcare professionals at various stages.  All nursing programs at Brandman University operate on the same method, which includes a blend of immersion, online courses and community-based clinical experience.  Students are required to attend several 4-day immersions twice during their program, participate in online courses, and a clinical experience delivered in their community.  Immersion courses are designed to offer hands-on clinical training and an opportunity for face-to-face interaction with other students.

Online Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

Registered nurses seeking a bachelor’s degree may enroll in the online RN to BSN degree program.  Courses in the program include:

  • Managing Health Care Reform
  • Nursing’s Public Image and Professional Issues
  • Evidence-based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice
  • Health Care Communication and Collaboration

Duration and Cost

Program tuition is approximately $16, 920 and is 36 credits.  The program can be completed in one year on a full time basis.

Online Doctoral Degrees in Nursing

Students in the online Doctor of Nursing Practice program have the option of pursuing a doctoral degree immediately following earning a BSN qualification.  Areas of specialization for the program include Adult-Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner , Family Psych. and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Acute Care.

Duration and Cost

The BSN to DNP program is 73 credits and may be completed in 2 to 3 years on a full or part time basis. Tuition is approximately $65,700.  Students who choose the Post-master’s program must completely approximately 33 credits and can be completed in approximately 1.5 years part time.  The program tuition is approximately $29,700.

Online Certificates in Nursing

The following post-doctoral certificates are available to nurses holding a doctoral degree:

Post Doctoral Certificate, Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (NP), Post Doctoral Certificate, Adult-Geriatric Acute Care NP, Post Doctoral Certificate, Family Psych. And Mental Health NP, Post Doctoral Certificate, Geriatric Primary Care NP, Post Doctoral Certificate, Neonatal NP and Post Doctoral Certificate, Pediatric NP, Acute Care.

Duration and Cost

Graduate certificates are approximately $6,840 per program and require approximately 15 credits to complete.

Things to consider:

  • Students are required to complete several 4-day immersion courses based in Irvine, California
  • A clinical practicum in the student’s home community is a part of the program
  • 2 year DNP completion option is only available when a minimum of 8 students are enrolled in the program
  • Programs are not currently accredited by a nursing body, but in the process


Brandman University programs are currently not approved by a nursing body, but are seeking accreditation. Brandman University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Brandman University
16355 Laguna Canyon Road
Irvine CA 92618