Program Description

The BS degree prepares students for professional nursing in acute and community settings. Students in this program will gain hands-on learning right from the start.  The School of Nursing offers several choices in the Bachelor of Science (BS) program. There is a track available for current LVNs who wish to pursue their BS in nursing. Once accepted, these students will be allowed advanced placement. For those with a BA/BS in another area, LLU has an accelerated track to complete their BS degree in nursing. This path can reduce the regular program by a quarter. Note that prerequisites for this program differ slightly. 

We also offer a completely online RN to BS track for students with an AS level RN license wanting to obtain a BS degree in Nursing. For working nurses, courses are offered using technology modalities and providing flexibility. This program is also available for part-time study. (Admission Requirements and Pre-requisites for this track vary slightly)

The BS degree prepares students for professional nursing in acute and community settings. Students in this track are able to investigate new areas of professional interest along with enhancing their personal and professional growth.

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Program Length

2 1/2 years

Possible Careers

Nurse in hospitals, public health, community clinics, emergency, schools.

Application Deadlines

QuarterApplication OpenPriority DeadlineFinal Deadline
Spring of 2020Apr 1, 2019Nov 1, 2019

Admissions Requirements

  1. Minimum college cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 3.0 for the regular track, 3.3 for the accelerated track
  2. All prerequisites with a C or better
  3. Application with personal essay
  4. Official transcripts from all college credits
  5. Pre-entrance exams (TEAS and Critical Thinking)
  6. Three letters of recommendation (2 from instructors)
  7. Completion of HS or equivalent
  8. All qualified applicants will be invited to interview
Recommended: It is recommended that applicants obtain volunteer or work experience in a hospital/clinical setting.

California Board of Registered Nursing report of NCLEX pass rates


  • Intermediate Algebra (or HS Algebra II) 4 quarter units
  • Anatomy and Physiology I (with lab)+ 4 quarter units
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (with lab)+ 4 quarter units
  • Intro to Organic Chemistry (with lab)+ 4 quarter units
  • Intro to Biochemistry (with lab)+ 4 quarter units
  • Basic Medical Microbiology (with lab)+ 5 quarter units
  • Public Speaking 4 quarter units
  • English Composition (full sequence) 9 quarter units
  • General Psychology4 quarter units
  • Lifespan Development (Developmental Psychology) 4 quarter units
  • Intro to Sociology 4 quarter units
  • Nutrition 4 quarter units
  • Physical Education 2 activity classes
  • Humanities 17 quarter units
* For those with a previous BA/BS degree
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2019-2020

Year of Program:Year 1Year 2Year 3
Books & Supplies$2,100$475$1,000
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)$425


Expected costs for the 2019-2020 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

70-75% of LLU Nursing students receive financial aid

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2019-2020, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program:Year 1Year 2Year 3
Months enrolled996
Room & Board$11,655$11,655$7,770
Personal Expenses$1,350$1,350$900


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.