100% NCLEX-RN exam pass rate in 2017/20181

#1 Ranked RN Program in California by Registerednursing.org2

Learn anatomy in the first synthetic Human Cadaver Lab on the West Coast

Nursing students learn safe practices for CPR.


Associate of Science inNursing

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Prepare for Your Future: NCLEX-RN Exam Prep

Academic rigor is the heart of career preparation. Your NCLEX exam training starts day one and builds with each term preparing you for licensure and a career.

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Welcome to the Future of Education: The Anatomage Table

The Anatomage Table is the world's first and only virtual dissection table for an in-depth look at human and animal anatomy. High resolution, 3D models and scans elevate your educational experience to the next level.

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Why Stanbridge?

Find your calling as a Registered Nurse (RN)

The Associate of Science in Nursing program at Stanbridge University prepares you to enter a fast-paced profession, confident to think critically, solve problems, and ultimately, heal those in need. Our program builds on your talents to define you not just as a licensed professional but also as a leader, ready to take on challenges and dedicate your life to saving others.

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Video: Making a Difference: RN Grad Shares Inspiration for Success

Making a Difference: RN Grad Shares Inspiration for Success

Video: Learning Pediatric Nursing Skills with SimMom

Learning Pediatric Nursing Skills with SimMom

Video: Networking at the ADN (RN) Career Fair

Networking at the ADN (RN) Career Fair

Video: Nursing Community Engagement Student Fellowship with Saddleback Memorial Medical Care

Nursing Community Engagement Student Fellowship with Saddleback Memorial Medical Care

Video: Nursing Community Engagement Student Fellowship Project with the Saddleback Memorial Medical Center

Nursing Community Engagement Student Fellowship Project with the Saddleback Memorial Medical Center

Video: Celebrating True Heroes: National Nurses Week for LVNs and RNs

Celebrating True Heroes: National Nurses Week for LVNs and RNs

Video: A Celebration of Achievement: Commencement Exercises

A Celebration of Achievement: Commencement Exercises

Multi-Term NCLEX-RN Exam Prep

With a 100% NCLEX-RN exam pass rate in 2017/2018,1 we’re committed to your licensure preparation. Throughout each term and after graduation, you’ll get practice tests, online mentorship, subject-specific reviews, and assessments to help your preparation.

World-Class Simulation Lab

Hands-on training in our world-class Simulation Lab helps you improve confidence to care for patients in a fast-paced environment. This lab features high-fidelity simulation manikins with pre-programmed patient scenarios including cardiac arrest, stroke, and birth. These breathing, talking, and crying manikins help test your skills and response time to critical conditions. You’ll review your actions and the patient’s real-time physiological responses with your instructors via video recorded simulations to help you focus on areas of improvement.

Nursing Skills Labs

Three Nursing Skills Labs emulate the real-world of patient care with 26 hospital beds, mobile electronic medical records charting carts, and patient manikins. In these labs, you’ll apply concepts and procedures to real-life scenarios in a safe and supervised environment.

Virtual Reality Meets Classroom Concepts

Experience the next innovation in learning inside one of the largest virtual reality labs for medical training in the U.S. Delve into high-fidelity, virtual-holographic 3D models and animations of over 1,000 biological and anatomical structures.

Human Cadaver Lab

The Human Cadaver Lab houses both real and synthetic human cadavers giving you an in-depth and tactile understanding of human anatomy. As the first cadaver lab on the West Coast to feature full-body synthetic human cadavers, you can get hands-on training with life-like body systems, bones, muscles, and organs.

Innovative Digital Classrooms

Each classroom operates with a SMART Board, laptop workstations, and digital exams with instant score results. Access to online PowerPoint presentations with note-saving availability, instant student polling, and the digital Learning Resource System heightens the academic experience.

California Nursing Students Association

Join a collaborative, active, and engaging group of fellow nursing students and work together to serve local community needs and raise awareness of healthcare.

Serve Your Community with Your Skills

Providing the local community with healthcare services brings concepts learned in class to life in real healthcare environments.

An Early Focus on Career Development

One-on-one guidance gives you the tools to make a positive, lasting impression on future potential employers.

Small Class Sizes with High Faculty-to-Student Ratio

Learning in small groups in your clinical labs optimizes your time with instructors and gives you a deeper understanding of skills.

Inside the Classroom

RN Program Human Cadaver Lab

Nursing students get an in-depth look at human anatomy and body systems on a synthetic human cadaver in the Human Cadaver Lab on campus.

Nursing School Virtual Dissection Table

Nursing students learn in the Virtual Reality Lab with the Anatomage Table, a virtual dissection table for human anatomy education.

Nursing School Virtual Reality Lab

In the Virtual Reality Lab, you can interact with high-fidelity, 3D models to gain an in-depth look at the inner workings of anatomy and biology.

RN Program Nursing Simulation Lab

Student nurses practice their CPR skills on simulation manikins inside the on-campus Simulation Lab.

Stanbridge University Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Student nurses celebrate their academic achievement and first steps toward professional careers at the Nursing Pinning Ceremony.

RN Program Nursing Skills Lab

Student nurses receive hands-on practice in patient care inside of one of the three Nursing Skills Labs on campus.

RN Students Dissect Spinal Cord

Nursing students delve into human anatomy in the Anatomy and Physiology Lab dissecting spinal cords.

RN Student Receives Nursing Pin

Students celebrate their academic achievement with their loved ones and program faculty at their pinning ceremony.

RN Program Nursing Skills Lab

Three Nursing Skills Labs give our students the ability to practice valuable skills with 26 hospital beds, simulation manikins, EMR carts, and professional nursing supplies.

Stanbridge University Nursing Students Association

The Stanbridge University Nursing Students’ Association (SCNSA) executive board leads fellow students in working together to promote OT and OTA to their community while hosting networking and service events.

RN Program Nursing Simulation Lab

Students learn from their actions as they review recorded footage of their performance in simulated patient care scenarios on SMART Board technology in the labs.

RN Program Birthing Simulation

The Stanbridge Nursing Simulation Lab houses high-fidelity human birthing simulation mother and infant manikins, for students to practice their labor and delivery skills.

RN Program Nursing Simulation Manikins

The Nursing Simulation Lab includes seven high-fidelity simulation manikins and EMR carts to teach students proper patient care skills.

Nursing Program High Tech Classroom

Classrooms equipped with advanced learning technology, including SMART Boards, help students focus on their coursework and instruction.

Stanbridge University Student Resource Center

The Learning Resource Center provides students with private collaboration rooms, quiet study rooms, and a computer lab.

Program Guidebook



Program Duration3

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.)

Program Schedule4

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 visit www.stanbridge.edu/admissions to take the Online Readiness Quiz to determine whether you can meet the hardware, software, and competency requirements for taking online courses.

NCLEX-RN Exam Prep

NCLEX-RN Exam Prep

Created by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX - RN) is required for all nursing students to pass in order to become a Registered Nurse in the United States. The examination upholds a strict level of competency and critical thinking in a series of four categories including safe and effective care environment, health promotion and maintenance, psychosocial integrity, and physiological integrity. Preparing for the NCLEX-RN is critical to your success as a student and professional.

With a 100% NCLEX-RN exam pass rate in 2017/2018,1 Stanbridge University strives to ensure that you are fully prepared to take the NCLEX-RN examination. The Associate of Science in Nursing program weaves NCLEX-RN exam preparation within its curriculum, clinical practice and overall instruction. Practice tests, practice questions, and one-on-one instructor guidance give you a comprehensive review throughout your program, after graduation, and right up until you take the test.


Admissions Timelines

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

Process Due Date
Application Deadline July 2, 2019
Applicant Notification July 9, 2019
New Student Orientation July 16, 2019
Start of Class July 22, 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.

2. 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.

3. 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:

4. 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.

5. Take the Online Readiness Quiz. Click here to start.

6. Complete a background check.

7. Schedule and attend a meeting with a Financial Aid Officer.

8. Submit Official Transcripts of all courses taken at all high schools, colleges, and/or universities.

9. 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.

10. Submit the Transfer of Credit Request form and related documentation for evaluation of possible transfer credit. Transfer credit will only be granted under the following conditions:

  • The course is equivalent to one required in the ADN program.
  • Required prerequisite science courses must have been completed within two (2) years of the date of enrollment. Prerequisite English and math courses must be completed prior to the date of enrollment. Nursing courses must have been completed within three (3) years of the date of enrollment.
  • The grade in a prerequisite course in science (Human Anatomy, Physiology, General Microbiology) is 3.0 or higher; in another prerequisite course (English Composition, College Algebra I) or general education course (Introduction to Sociology, Developmental Psychology, Speech Communication) is 2.0 or higher; or in an RN nursing course is 3.0 or higher.
  • An applicant may receive competency-based credit for an RN nursing course by passing a written examination on the theory objectives and a skills demonstration on the clinical objectives of the course. The Program Director will administer this process.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. Applicants who are not admitted to the ADN program may reapply for admission by repeating steps 2-10.

14. Applicants reapplying for admission only have to resubmit official transcripts of record if they have taken additional courses since the previous application for admission.

Accreditation VA

Awarding of Credit for Previous Education or Competency-Based Credit, Including Military Education and Experience

Stanbridge University recognizes the heroic service and sacrifices that our nation's active and veteran military personnel and their families have made for our country. Transitioning from the military to civilian life and starting a career can be challenging. That is why Stanbridge University provides guidance for servicemen and women and their families to help them prepare for a degree.

For all US military veterans and eligible students, Stanbridge University will:

  • conduct an evaluation of previous education and training;
  • grant appropriate credit;
  • shorten the training period proportionately; and
  • notify the VA and student accordingly.

Stanbridge University complies with California Board of Registered Nursing regulations SB 466 as follows:

  1. The University Student Catalog shall include a section referring to Awarding of Credit for Previous Education or Competency-Based Credit, Including Military Education and Experience for all students, including those that have served or are serving in the United States Armed Forces.
  2. The University Associate of Science in Nursing webpage shall provide a link identified as “Transfer Credit for Military Experience” that directs to the policy.
  3. A form outlining the procedures will be provided and kept as a record in the student’s file.
  4. The student’s file will reflect the awarding of credit on the student transcript.

For more information on this policy, please read page 15 of the current Stanbridge University catalog.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid

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 guide you through various options and help identify the best financial aid package for your needs.

Our team is there to answer questions as you fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and plan your financial aid package. Stanbridge University has the following financial aid programs available to those who qualify:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Direct Loans
  • Federal Direct Parent (PLUS) Loans
  • Sallie Mae Loans
  • Cal Grants

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.

Transfer Information

Transfer Information

Diploma and Degree Programs Transfer of Credit

Students may request an evaluation of their previous coursework for possible transfer credit, provided that before the beginning of their program at Stanbridge University, they give the Registrar of the university proof of satisfactory completion (such as an official transcript from a school that is regionally or nationally accredited, PACE and DANTES courses, a course of study or training in the Armed Forces of the United States) or American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendation, and equivalency of the coursework to the Stanbridge University course.

Students requesting evaluation of their transcripts must provide a description from the school catalog for each course for which transfer credit is requested. If the course description from the school catalog is not sufficient by itself to evaluate whether the course is equivalent, a course syllabus or outline of each course for which transfer credit is requested will be required. ACE credit recommendations will be considered only for General Education course credit, not technical or core course credit or Associate of Science in Nursing (ADN) program prerequisite science course (SCI prefix) credit.

Transfer credit will be granted only for those courses:

  • for which a grade of "C" or better ("C+" in prerequisite science courses and "B" for nursing courses in the ADN program) was earned or proof of passing a vendor’s certification examination is provided; and
  • which are determined to be equivalent in content and academic level to those required in the student’s program at Stanbridge University.
  • Certain courses in specific programs may have to be completed within 2 – 5 calendar years of the date of the student's start of coursework at the university in order to be accepted for transfer credit.

For more information on transfer credit and information specific to the diploma or degree of interest, please read the current Stanbridge University catalog.

“Earning this degree has given me confidence and a sense of purpose in my life. I’m so excited for what the future has to offer.”

Jacquelyn DuVall, RN, Stanbridge University Graduate, Associate of Science in Nursing

Student Resources

Guidance for Your
Academic and Professional Goals

Stanbridge University focuses on providing you with a rigorous education and the unwavering support of our Student Services and Career Services to help you prepare to start a career as a leader in your industry. We provide you with a suite of comprehensive services from the moment you begin your training, to the day you graduate, and beyond.

Student Services

Academic Advising

One-on-one advising with a faculty advisor or Student Services representative is available when you need it most. You can discuss academic or personal issues at any time, and we’re here to listen, help, and ultimately guide you to the resources you need.

Tutoring Services

When you need help on coursework, concepts, or clinical skills, Student Services offers you a wide range of options for both didactic and clinical tutoring. Course instructors and program faculty are available for one-on-one and group didactic tutoring. If your program has medical math requirements, and you need assistance to better understand medical dosages, extra tutoring is available for you. Clinical tutoring gives you one-on-one time with our instructors in our simulation and skills labs. And to help give you more insight into difficult concepts and study tips when you need it, our robust peer tutoring program pairs you with experienced students and graduates.

Academic Success Coordination

To foster your academic success, Student Services is ready to help you with time management, study and reading skills, test-taking strategies, and test anxiety management. When you need assistance, we’ll set up one-on-one coaching sessions to plan out strategies, learn how to use online apps to inventory your time, and practice applying these resources to your coursework and exams.

The Writing Center

Having exemplary writing skills is critical to academic success and career preparation. The Writing Center on campus gives writers of all skill levels, academic support for paper writing skills, including best practices for developing and expressing ideas, learning the APA format, and improving punctuation and grammar usage.

Student Assistance Program

The Student Assistance Program is a free, comprehensive, and fully confidential counseling service that helps you manage and resolve challenging situations. Because we understand balancing academic excellence and a life outside of school can be overwhelming, we are committed to your well-being. The SAP includes:

  • Free counseling services
  • Prescription drug discount program
  • Identity theft recovery
  • Financial consultation
  • Legal services

Learning Resource System

To better serve our students, we developed a comprehensive Learning Resource System that is uniquely effective in providing academic support. It includes the on-campus Learning Resource Center (LRC), the Online Library, and the Online Learner. The LRC provides you with spaces including quiet rooms, collaboration rooms, and a computer lab for individual and group study. You can use these resources to help guide your coursework, research, study, and exam preparation.

Career Services

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. Click here to view a sample digital portfolio.

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 Association

The Alumni Association provides continued access to the university’s resources, news, and special events while facilitating a dynamic network amongst graduates. Members receive benefits, including extended career services, access to exclusive alumni workshops, social media networking, and invitations to complimentary professional networking events. Our mission is to foster a lifelong, mutually beneficial relationship between alumni, current students, and Stanbridge University. Click here to visit the Stanbridge University Alumni Association.

Campus Location

Located in Orange County, the heart of Southern California.

The campus of Stanbridge University is in Irvine, California minutes away from Orange County’s vibrant cities including Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, Newport Beach, Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Orange, Whittier, Tustin, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Buena Park, Aliso Viejo, San Clemente, Yorba Linda, Stanton, Newport Beach, Westminster, La Mirada, La Habra, and more!

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2041 Business Center Dr. Irvine, CA 92612

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