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Nursing Education Paths & Scholarships at Pacific College

Nursing Education Paths & Scholarships at Pacific College


Nursing Education Paths & Scholarships at Pacific College

Working as a nurse or a healthcare professional is one of the noblest duties one can serve as a citizen of the world. Choosing this profession means you will be looking after the well-being of countless patients, a job that comes with a great deal of responsibility, but that is gratifying and rewarding in numerous ways.

Types of Nursing Degrees 

If you’re enthusiastic about pursuing a career in nursing and healthcare and are eager to learn and get an education in this field, Pacific College offers a variety of programs that aim to prepare students for this career path:


Associate of Science in Registered Nursing 

The Registered Nursing Program is aimed at students who wish to become registered nurses (RN). This program lasts for four semesters and leads to an Associate Degree in Nursing, with the opportunity to attend classes in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program by the third and fourth semesters.

This program will equip you with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills that will prepare you to successfully complete the California RN Licensure Exam (NCLEX) and obtain your license to practice.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Pacific College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is aimed at individuals who are already registered nurses and aim to fulfill the prerequisites for a Bachelor of Science degree. Through this program, registered nurses will have a greater grasp of the ethical, cultural, political, economic, and social issues that impact patients and influence healthcare delivery. 


Upon completion, you will be eligible for supervisory and management positions at hospitals and managed care facilities, as well as complete the prerequisites for getting admitted into graduate nursing programs in research, consulting, teaching, or clinical specializations.

Associate of Science or Diploma in Vocational Nursing

Vocational nurses are an integral part of medical staff that work under the supervision of physicians or registered nurses within various healthcare settings. The associate of Science or Diploma Program in Vocational Nursing prepares graduates with theoretical knowledge and clinical learning experience that prepares them for obtaining their license as vocational nurses (LVN) in the State of California through the NCLEX-PN examination.

Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP)

The Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner program at Pacific College targets nursing professionals who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing and have worked as an RN, and now wish to gain the academic credentials to work as a family nurse practitioner (FNP). 


FNPs are Advanced Practice Registered Nurses that provide care to patients of all ages in primary care settings such as doctor’s offices, clinics, private homes, schools, hospitals, and other institutions. As a student of this program, you will be completing your coursework online, while the clinical experiences will be held in local primary care settings.

Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration 

A Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration has recently become a requirement for many entry-level management roles in various healthcare settings. While this program is not intended for nurses, it is a great opportunity for healthcare professionals who want to want to advance in their careers and land healthcare administrator jobs. 


This program is offered 100% online and its diverse curriculum covers a wide range of topics that prepare you for the role of a manager in the ever-changing environments in the healthcare industry. Moreover, you can complete it in as little as 18 months (full-time), since you can transfer up to 60 credits from an accredited Allied Health training program.

Scholarship Opportunities

Pacific College is always on the lookout for outstanding students who are enthusiastic about pursuing higher education studies who can benefit from plenty of scholarship opportunities that support this institution. Here are some of the scholarships that cover nursing degrees which you can look into and apply to depending on the requirements.

Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) Scholarship 

The Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) Scholarship offers a range of one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards for students of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity. The next application for the 2021-2022 academic year will be available from September 9, 2020 until January 14, 2021 at 5:00 PM EST.

Association on American Indian Affairs

The Association on American Indian Affairs offers scholarships for students who are enrolled in with their respective federally or non-federally Tribe from the continental US or Alaska. The next application will reopen on February 1, 2022.

Bonnie Fang Foundation Scholarship

Bonnie Fang Foundation Scholarship offers scholarships for all full-time nursing students enrolled in baccalaureate degree nursing programs in the states of California and Nevada who are legal U.S. Citizen or aliens with U.S. permanent resident status/alien registration numbers. The next application process opens January 2, 2022 and closes at 11.59 PM, March 31, 2022.

California Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF)

The California Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF) offers six scholarships programs in nursing:


  • Allied Healthcare Scholarship Program
  • Vocational Nurse Scholarship Program
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse to Associate Degree Nursing Scholarship Program
  • Associate Degree Nursing Scholarship Program
  • Bachelor of Science Nursing Scholarship Program
  • Advanced Practice Healthcare Scholarship Program.


Each program has its own eligibility criteria which you can check on the specific program pages.

City of Commerce Scholarship Program

The City of Commerce Scholarship Program offers $200-4,000 for Commerce residents attending an accredited college or university. The application date for 2021 is closed but you can visit their website for more information and details on the upcoming application dates.

Coca-Cola Foundation

Coca-Cola Foundation offers a $20,000 scholarship 150 graduating high school seniors who are U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees – based on the guidelines utilized by U.S. Department of Education for Federal Financial Aid eligibility. The application for high school seniors graduating in 2021 is closed, but you can revisit their page for upcoming applications.

Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association (FNSNA)

The Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association (FNSNA) offers a General Scholarship Program with a funding of $7,500 per academic year for students of a specific area of specialization within the nursing profession, and a ​Promise of Nursing Program which awards funding up to $7,500 per academic year to support undergraduate nursing education.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund awards more than $30 million in scholarships annually to graduating high school seniors, undergraduate students of all years, community college students transferring to four-year universities, and graduate students (law school, medical school, MBA, and all other full-time masters or PhD programs) of Hispanic heritage. The 2021 scholarship application is closed.

HRSA Nurse Corps

The HRSA Nurse Corps offers scholarships for students who are accepted or enrolled in a nursing degree program at a U.S. accredited school and are U.S. citizens (born or naturalized), nationals, or lawful permanent residents.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) awards scholarships to active NAHN members enrolled in accredited LVN/LPN, associate, diploma, baccalaureate, and graduate nursing programs. The application for 2021 is closed, therefore check further information on their website for upcoming dates.

National Black Nurses Association (NBNA)

The National Black Nurses Association offers a variety of scholarship programs ranging from $1,000 – $90,000 to members of NBNA and members of a local chapter that are currently enrolled in a nursing program. The application for 2021 has been closed.

PFLAG South Orange County 

Residents (or children of residents) of Orange County between the ages of 17 and 24 who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, or queer/questioning, as well as straight allies who have directly supported LGBTQI youth and/or the LGBTQI community, are eligible for up to $2,500.00 in PFLAG South Orange County scholarship awards.

R&D Systems

R&D Systems awards a scholarship of $1500 twice a year for one student in the fall semester and one student in the spring semester for students of science-related fields (Life Science, Medical Science, Health Science).


These were some of the nursing education paths and scholarship opportunities that Pacific College offers. Do not hesitate in making the leap toward your education, as it the next and one of the most important steps towards a career in nursing.


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Eleanor Bardot

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