The RN to BS track is designed for nurses who are looking to further their education into a BS in Nursing degree to open doors to greater job opportunities. Our Christ-centered and caring faculty members bring guidance and knowledge to each student in our programs. Our students will graduate from Loma Linda University School of Nursing with a deepened understanding of whole person care. Students in the RN to BS program will be able to investigate new areas of professional interest along with enhancing their personal and professional growth.

The BS program prepares students for professional nursing in acute and community settings, and is structured to accommodate schedules of working RNs by allowing students to attend on a full- or part-time basis.

You are already a registered nurse, complete your BS in Nursing at Loma Linda University. Heroes made here.

*Financial aid, scholarships, and grants are available for students. Be sure to communicate with your admissions representative today!

Prerequisite Courses

All students are required to complete the following pre-requisite courses before starting the RN to BS program at Loma Linda University School of Nursing.  Students can have courses in progress while they are applying, as long as they will be completed before the program begins.



Quarter Unit

Semester Unit

Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab

4 3

Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab

4 3

Introduction to Chemistry with Lab

4 3

Medical Microbiology with Lab

5 4

Public Speaking

4 3

English (full sequence)

9 6

General Psychology

4 3

3rd area of social science (Dev. Psych/Lifespan Dev./Econ/Politics)

4 3

Intro to Sociology

4 3

Physical Education

2 activity courses 2 activity courses


16 11

College Algebra or Statistics

4 3

Humanities* – Students must take courses in three different areas. 

Areas include:

  • Foreign Language
  • Applied Art or Music
  • Introduction or Art or Music
  • Literature
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Logic
  • Religion

 For information regarding which course to take at your college or university, please refer to our Transfer Patterns.

Admissions Requirements

  • AS degree in nursing from a regionally accredited program
  • Current California RN license (May apply before receiving this)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all college coursework
  • All prerequisites with a “C” or better
  • Application with personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all college credits
  • Completion of HS or equivalent
  • All qualified applicants will be interviewed


Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Autumn of 2024 Oct 1, 2023 Jun 3, 2024
Winter of 2025 Jan 1, 2024 Aug 1, 2024
Spring of 2025 Mar 31, 2024 Nov 1, 2024

Cost of Attendance

View Expected Cost of Attendance Here

Scholarship Opportunities


Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program and a Nursing Scholarship Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program and a Nursing Scholarship Program.  For information on loan repayment assistance and scholarships through the government, please visit the HRSA website.

International Students

Students coming from countries other than the United States are required to pay an $8,000 deposit which is applied to the final quarter’s tuition and charges.

Scholarships & Awards

Students can apply for scholarships after they have been in the program for one full quarter.  There are many different scholarships available each quarter.  Scholarship amounts typically range from $500 - $3,000.  Students can apply for scholarships every quarter.

Student Awards

Awards for excellence in nursing, scholastic attainment, and leadership ability are made available to students whose performance and attitudes reflect well the ideals and purposes of the School. Selection of students is based on the recommendation of the faculty to the dean.

Lucile Lewis Award

This award is presented annually to a junior student who has demonstrated outstanding clinical and academic performance in nursing practice.

RNBS Award

This award is presented to the senior registered nurse student who has demonstrated exceptional competence in scholarship and in the clinical practice of nursing.

Dean's Award

The Dean's Award, established in 1971, is given to an outstanding student in each program on the basis of the student's demonstrated commitment to academic excellence and to the objectives of the School.

President's Award

The President's Award, established in 1960, is made annually in recognition of superior scholastic attainment and active participation in the student community, within the framework of Christian commitment. One recipient is selected from each school of the University.

Non-Degree Program for Foreign Graduates

Do you offer non-degree courses to help me complete my BRN requirements?


How do I sign up for these courses?

We are now accepting applications. To apply, you must send the following two documents to

  1. BRN letter listing classes needed to meet deficiencies; ex: MS, OB, etc
  2. Current job resume including RN licenses in other states and work history.

What happens after I send in my documentation?

Once we receive BOTH documents, we will put you on the wait list for future vacancies.  All notifications for class openings are sent via email. No phone calls are made.


Loma Linda University is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Baccalaureate graduates are prepared for registration by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing. The California State Board has approved all programs offered at the Loma Linda University School of Nursing. At the time of graduation, students become eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become registered nurses. Many states may offer a compact license to individuals already licensed in California. If this opportunity is of interest to you, please contact your program director. Students who decide to pursue a registered nursing license in another state should check with the applicable licensing authority in that state

The BS, MS, and DNP Programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
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