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Why Stanbridge

From cadaver labs to virtual reality, the ADN program embraces every learning technology possible to bring core nursing principles to life.

  • 100% RN pass rate in 2017/20181
  • #1 Ranked RN Program in California by Registerednursing.org2
  • Innovative learning with virtual reality, telemedicine, and synthetic cadavers

Overview & Accreditation

Find your calling as a Registered Nurse (RN)

Do you want to transform lives? In the Associate of Science in Nursing degree program, you will learn how to think critically, solve problems, and ultimately, heal those in need. Feel prepared and confident as you enter a fast-paced, high-demand profession and start making a difference in people’s everyday lives.

The Associate of Science in Nursing degree is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses. Their website is http://www.rn.ca.gov/education/rnprograms.shtml.


Take the first step for your future

Applicants must meet the following deadlines for the next start date. Applicant deadlines subject to change.

Process Due Date
Application Deadline September 10, 2019
Applicant Notification September 17, 2019
New Student Orientation September 24, 2019
Start of Class September 30, 2019

Admissions Criteria

Ready to begin the Associate of Science in Nursing? We're excited to help you get off to a great start on your educational path.

Please read and complete the following steps:

  1. Complete an online application for the Associate of Science in Nursing degree program. Click here to apply now and start your admissions application process for an early decision.

If you are not ready to apply, but would like more information, please attend an information session and campus tour offered on campus. Click here to view the info session schedule. Please note, all prospective students must apply online before moving on to the entrance exam step.

  1. After submitting your online application, take the Accuplacer examination and achieve the following preferred minimum scores on each test of this examination: Reading Comprehension 240; Sentence Skills 234; Arithmetic 226; and Elementary Algebra 206. Scheduling your exam will be coordinated by your dedicated Admissions Representative.
  2. Take the ATI Critical Thinking Assessment Entrance Exam and achieve a preferred minimum score of 68% to be eligible for an interview.

Upon completion of steps 1 through 3, applicants may proceed to the following:

  1. Submit an official transcript of record showing possession of a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a (GED), from an accredited secondary school or an associate degree or higher from an accredited college or university.
  2. Take the Online Readiness Quiz. Click here to start.
  3. Complete a background check.
  4. Schedule and attend a meeting with a Financial Aid Officer.
  5. Participate in two interviews with the Program Director or designee(s); write a timed essay; and take an impromptu math quiz on dosage calculation.
    • The thirty (30) applicants who have met the minimum requirements for admission to the ADN program, and who have the highest number of combined points awarded according to the departmental rubric, will be accepted for admission to the current cohort. Should an opening occur, the applicant who has the next highest number of combined points may be accepted for admission. If there are more than thirty (30) individuals qualified for admission to a given cohort, those who are not admitted to the current cohort may reapply to be considered for admission to a subsequent cohort.
  6. Submit the Transfer of Credit Request form and related documentation for evaluation of possible transfer credit. To learn for about transfer credit information, please visit catalog.stanbridge.edu.
  7. File all required documents with Admissions at least two (2) calendar weeks prior to the interview with the Program Director or designate and ensure all required proof of physical examination, immunizations, and valid CPR card is submitted to Admissions seven (7) days prior to the start of orientation.
  8. Applicants will be notified of admission to the program by a letter of invitation. An applicant may only decline the letter of invitation twice and must repeat steps 2-10 above if he or she reapplies for admission to the program.
  9. Applicants who are not admitted to the ADN program may reapply for admission by repeating steps 2-10.
  10. Applicants reapplying for admission only have to resubmit official transcripts of record if they have taken additional courses since the previous application for admission.


Schedule options that fit your life


119.5 Quarter Credit Hours (The approximate time to complete the program will vary according to the start and end dates of a cohort and ranges from 24-25 months, including national holidays, breaks between terms and Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. Schedules will be provided upon orientation.)


Similar to programs around the country, the ADN (RN) program's theory, lab, and clinical activities may be scheduled at varying times due to the nature of clinical site partnerships and schedules.

Students will attend classes for 3 or 4 days a week; 1 to 2 days shall be theory and 1 to 2 days shall be clinical. Theory classes are scheduled between the hours of 8:00 am to 10:00 pm and lab/clinical for 8 or 12-hour shifts. Clinical sessions may be scheduled on the day, evening or night shift and on weekdays or weekends.

Students will be notified of the class schedule two weeks prior to class start date.

One or more courses in this program are delivered online. Please take the Online Readiness Quiz to determine whether you can meet the hardware, software, and competency requirements for taking online courses.

Financial Aid

Finding the Right Fit for You

A diploma or degree can open doors to exciting career opportunities, and greatly increase your earning potential. We understand that funding your studies can be overwhelming, which is why Stanbridge University has a dedicated Financial Aid team to help you find the best financial aid package for your needs.

Federal Financial Aid Programs

Stanbridge University has the following federal financial aid programs available to those who qualify.

  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal Direct Loan
  • Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan
  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
  • Federal Direct Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

Read more about these options in the Stanbridge University Catalog.

Cal Grants

Stanbridge University also participates in Cal Grants. Cal Grants are awarded to those who qualify by the California Student Aid Commission. Read more about these options in the Stanbridge University Catalog.

Private Education Loans

Stanbridge offers private loans through various lending institutions including Sallie Mae, College Avenue Student Loans and the Ascent Loan Program to those who qualify. FASTChoice makes learning more about private loans easy to understand, so you can determine what works best for you. Learn more at www.fastproducts.org.

How to Start Your Financial Aid Process

Get the most out of your meeting with our Financial Aid team by first creating your Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) and completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our team is here to answer questions as you submit your forms and plan for your financial aid package.

FAFSA Application:
Orange County Campus School Code: 038893
Los Angeles Branch Campus School Code: E40465

Learn more and get step by step instructions on the FSA and FASFA at the Federal Student Aid YouTube channel.

WIOA Title-I financial assistance programs and activities are an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities.

Student Support Services

At every step of the journey

Stanbridge University is committed to helping you achieve educational excellence through innovative, rigorous, and accessible programs with a student-centric, holistic support framework. From day one of orientation until well after graduation, our goal is to support each student, who will then go on to transform thousands of lives.

From the Very Start

Student support is woven into the very fabric of academic life from day one of your comprehensive, three-day orientation. At orientation, you will meet your support teams and fellow classmates who will join you as you journey towards your fullest potential.

Laying the Foundation for Success

Within your first year at Stanbridge®, you will have exclusive access to signature seminars designed to assist with goal setting, time management, academic discipline and integrity, positive communication, managing stress, and much more.

Support When You Need It Most

No matter how you learn, we offer tutoring solutions at no additional cost to help you succeed. Tutoring options include one-on-one and group tutoring with current students, alumni, and caring, dedicated faculty for your program. Additionally, you can access virtual tutoring from anywhere, conveniently integrating learning into every day life.

A Team You Can Count On

Student Services Officers

Your individual, dedicated Student Services Officer (SSO) is assigned to you from the first day of orientation. Your SSO is ready to provide highly individualized support with academic and personal development, offering assistance and guiding you through your program.

Student Success Coordinators and Retention Specialists

You’ll be able to work alongside student success coordinators and retention specialists who are committed to helping you succeed through individual mentorship and coaching. These specialists dedicate time and energy to meeting your needs as you progress toward achieving your educational and career goals.

Academic Assistance

In the Learning Resource Center, you can hone your writing, research, and critical thinking skills with the expert assistance of our on-campus librarian and writing specialist. Meet and collaborate with fellow students, tutors, and academic success specialists in your go-to location for all things academia.

Stanbridge Student Assistance Program

We are committed to not only your success as a student, but also your personal well-being. Through the Stanbridge Student Assistance Program, you will have access to free counseling services in order to help with a wide variety of difficult situations, including stress, depression and anxiety, family conflict, alcohol and drug abuse, identity theft, daycare issues, and more.

Help at the Click of a Button

We strive to create an environment where you can pursue your passion to the fullest. To this end, we provide convenient online workshops to enhance and enrich your student experience. You can delve into both academic and personal development workshops on a schedule that works for you.

Always Growing

Monthly Academic Success and Excellence (ASE) workshops offer you assistance with important real-life topics such as handling holiday stress, relationship health, academic burnout, increasing self-confidence, and clinical skillsets such as motivational interviewing. Further your understanding of yourself as you grow into a well-rounded future leader.

Become the Best You Can Be


We believe that every student has the power to change the world. You will have the opportunity to enrich your academic and personal development through rewarding community service projects. Learn, develop, and train for your future while you transform the local and global community for the greater good.

Student Organizations

Campus life at Stanbridge creates a lifelong community. By joining a student organization, you can practice, develop, and hone effective leadership skills and gain exclusive access to professional networking and leadership events that provide valuable career preparation.

Student Leadership Development

Become a new kind of leader, ready and able to meet the needs of a fast-paced, demanding industry. At the biannual two-day Stanbridge Student Leadership Summit, you will explore the values, skills and professional behaviors required as you learn alongside accomplished leaders.

Career Services

Your future starts now

From your first day of orientation until long after your educational journey, our dedicated Career Services team is here to help. You will be paired with an individual Career Services Officer (CSO) who will offer one-on-one guidance with resume preparation, portfolio development, and practice interviews. The highest quality employers are looking for someone just like you – you can find your dream career through the help of your CSO.

Career Advising

From the beginning of your program you’re paired with a Career Service Officer to help guide you with career advising and preparation. In each term of your program, you’ll work with your Career Service Officer on specific goals including resume and portfolio building, networking, and interviewing. Our goal is to help you prepare for a seamless transition to a rewarding career.

Digital Portfolio Builder

As an exclusive resource to our students and graduates, the Stanbridge University Digital Portfolio Builder helps you organize and present your academic experience from Stanbridge University and professional achievements into a modern and sleek online portfolio. As you progress, your academic achievements including GPA, completed courses, community service activities, and continuing education certifications are automatically updated in your portfolio. Along with guidance from your Career Service Officer, you can easily add and edit your achievements. The Digital Portfolio Builder also automatically creates a resume for you from the data collected during the portfolio creation process. You can email your digital portfolio in a single link to your future, potential employers for a unique and strong first impression.

Mock Interview Sessions

Our Career Services department guides students and graduates through personality mapping, salary negotiations, role-playing, and other specialized interview techniques to enable them to take control of the job interview. We make sure you’re confident to put your best foot forward.

LinkedIn Profile and Networking

LinkedIn is an essential tool for any active job-seeker. Career Services works with students and graduates to build LinkedIn networks to connect them to colleagues and potential employers.

Job Leads

Graduates receive access to continually updated job listings and career opportunities, including recruiting organizations and Southern California companies with whom we have built relationships.

Alumni Services

From a highly networked, vibrant Alumni Association to proven career services and exclusive alumni workshops, we are committed to your success as a graduate. You can network professionally, attend development workshops, and take part in fun community-building events. From the moment you cross the stage to every moment after, we’re there to help prep and propel you toward that next big thing.


RN pass rate in 2017/20181

Your path to licensure starts here.

From your first term to graduation and beyond, you’ll take practice tests, receive online mentorship, and attend subject-specific reviews. Every touchpoint is designed to build your confidence toward licensure.

Your path to licensure starts here.

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