National University Nursing School Review

National University (NU) was established in 1971 as a non-profit making institution. The university offers various academic programs to students from all over the world. The university offers both undergraduate and postgraduate (masters) programs to enrolled students and it has been ranked as one of the top ten Universities in the United States in granting master degrees to women.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

This course if offered to registered and licensed nurses who want to proceed to a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The course will prepare the students in conducting accurate nursing diagnoses, planning, implementing nursing diagnoses, management of multiple patients and communication with patients and families within the health care fraternity.

Course Admission Requirements

In order to be accepted for admission into BSN, the students must meet these criteria points: The student must complete an undergraduate admission process and must be in possession of a current and active license to practice as a registered nurse. Students should also be required to obtain a score of 2.75 as their grade point average; or the equivalent in the nursing program. In some cases the student will be required to be a current or recent graduate of a nursing associate degree in order to be admitted into the BSN program. The student will be required to submit the nursing program’s application and attend a pre-nursing program information forum. In addition, the student will be required to complete all the prerequisites courses, take the essential skills test and finally complete a passed written proctored essay.

Equivalency Requirements

Licensed Registered Nurses who might not have an associate degree may still be admitted into BSN by successfully completing and passing the basic education requirements which may include some theory and practical lessons in anatomy, physiology, physical, biological sciences and basic nursing education program among others.

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)

This course is specifically designed for students seeking basic preparation in order to be ready for the Nevada exam and licensure for registered nursing.

Admission Requirements

Have successfully completed the university’s undergraduate process and must also attend a successful pre-nursing forum that is organized by the university. The student must have gained a GPA of 3.0 for all the sciences and mathematics courses or accumulative GPA of 2.75 from an accredited institution that he/she attended. In some cases the student will be required to achieve a score of minimum 70 points on the Essential Skills Test and TOEFL for those whose main language is not English. It should be noted clearly that meeting all the admission requirements does not automatically guarantee the student’s admission into the specific nursing program.

Accelerated Post Bachelor Degree – Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

This degree program is designed for those with a bachelor’s degree in arts or sciences and would like to be prepared for licensure as a registered nurse at the same time studying towards earning a Bachelor of Science – Nursing degree. Admission requirements are the same as those in Associate of Science in Nursing program. In all programs, for the students to receive BSN, they must complete a minimum of 108 units per quarter where 45 must be successfully completed in National University.

Licensed Vocational Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LVN to BSN)

This program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education and it meets the requirements for certification in the state of California. This program aims to allow the students to provide accurate nursing diagnoses and collect accurate data; as well as manage multiple patients and assume an ethical and professional working manner. To be accepted into this program, students must be a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) and hold a current certification. Students will need to complete at least 180 study units of which 45 will be as a resident.

LVN’s who want to take the minimum number of units that is required for the licensure exam can take this option. LVN’s that select the 30-Unit option should consult with the Chair of the Department of Nursing for a personalized consultation. Students need to complete specific study units to receive certification; including the completion of 40.5 study units.

Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia

This program aims to teach students the fundamentals on anesthesia care delivery. The study curriculum is divided into two parts; which comprises of didactic instruction, and clinical practice. Students are required to hold a current Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in order to be accepted into the program.


National University
11255 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla
CA 92037
Tel: (800) NAT-UNIV

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