Nursing Program @Grand Canyon University - page 2

Anyone know if the GCU nursing program is ok? Good teachers? Accredited? I know it's expensive and they were financially strapped as of Jan '04, but supposedly that's behind them.... Read More

  1. Visit  Multicollinearity} profile page
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    From GCU's website:


    http://www.gcu.net/campus/faq.php

    Q: Why CGU?
    A: There are many reasons, but mainly because you can succeed, brilliantly, and we will help you. We've been at this for more than 55 years. GCU is one of America 's best private universities for providing real academic excellence. That means real jobs in the real world where real Christians make a difference.
    Also, Grand Canyon University is a student-focused institution that provides academically challenging education in a Christian community for students from diverse backgrounds who live in a constantly changing environment. Furthermore, there are small class sizes, hands on education, private tutoring, and lasting friendships with both staff and students.


    Q: What is spiritual life like at GCU?
    A: The holistic nature of a Grand Canyon University education includes experiences that seek to develop the spirit as well as the mind and body. The Office of Spiritual Life exists to provide students with opportunities to know God's purpose in order to reach their destiny. A key component in achieving this goal is a shared worship experience that brings the entire campus community together. Each Monday at 11:00 a.m., we have a "Grand Celebration" hosted by Club Stello. Attendance is required. Using an honor system, each student signs a 'commitment to attend' statement. We understand that there may be times when a student is unable to attend. Therefore, a student is expected to attend only ten (10) Grand Celebrations per semester. The requirement applies to all students enrolled in 9 hours or more per semester, with the exception of those enrolled in non-traditional programs, those already possessing a baccalaureate degree, and those granted special release due to course requirements. Faculty and staff will join with the entire student body to create a wonderful space to rejoice and celebrate our many blessings.

    Bold emphasis is mine.
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  3. Visit  cardiacRN2006} profile page
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    Hey! I have "grand Celebrations" every week also. Their called my days off!
    Thank goodness I read this thred! GCU is not for me!

    Also, NAU is a great school. Good luck with that app. as well.
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    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    Hey! I have "grand Celebrations" every week also. Their called my days off!
    Thank goodness I read this thred! GCU is not for me!

    Also, NAU is a great school. Good luck with that app. as well.
    @ your "grand celebrations"

    I'm sure NAU is a great school. I just hear that they tend to have more young 20 year olds in the program than UofA. Not that there's anything wrong with that. I'd just prefer more non-traditional older students as company. Folks like myself.
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    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    Wow! I only looked into them because SJH/SMH offeres the ADN-BSN program for free to ADN nurses.
    How's it going with your app to the U? Have you found anything out yet?


    YOu may actually want to check with the hospital what the program entails. A BSN for free is something that is worth looking into! My preceptor attends the program at Chandler. They meet one night a week at the hospital for about 4 hours. Most if the course work entails group projects/presentations. There aren't any "prayer groups" or religious discussions involved....The program lasts 18 months and you usually get 2 weeks off between "semesters"
    Last edit by mattsmom64 on Sep 10, '06
  6. Visit  Multicollinearity} profile page
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    Quote from mattsmom64
    YOu may actually want to check with the hospital what the program entails. A BSN for free is something that is worth looking into! My preceptor attends the program at Chandler. They meet one night a week at the hospital for about 4 hours. Most if the course work entails group projects/presentations. There aren't any "prayer groups" or religious discussions involved....The program lasts 18 months and you usually get 2 weeks off between "semesters"
    Yes. It is the traditional on-campus BSN program that I am speaking of here.
  7. Visit  cardiacRN2006} profile page
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    Quote from mattsmom64
    YOu may actually want to check with the hospital what the program entails. A BSN for free is something that is worth looking into! My preceptor attends the program at Chandler. They meet one night a week at the hospital for about 4 hours. Most if the course work entails group projects/presentations. There aren't any "prayer groups" or religious discussions involved....The program lasts 18 months and you usually get 2 weeks off between "semesters"
    True, but I don't work for either of those hospitals! So it wouldn't be free for me...
  8. Visit  hogan4736} profile page
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    Back up there guys...

    I went to GCU 13 years ago...Went to Chapel (1 hour, sat in back) once a week, back then it was required...Not now for the accelereated program...

    We had catholics, jews, agnostics, smokers, partiers, etc...

    Never had any religion permeate my studies or classes...I was adjunct faculty there for the last 2 years...Never did I pray or even talk about God in my clinicals/post conferences...

    Where are you guys getting these holy roller ideas about GCU?

    It is expensive though...But St Joe's is partnered w/ them, and if you work there as a tech/CNA/PCT, Joe's will cover 5250 per year...
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    Quote from hogan4736
    Back up there guys...

    I went to GCU 13 years ago...Went to Chapel (1 hour, sat in back) once a week, back then it was required...Not now for the accelereated program...

    We had catholics, jews, agnostics, smokers, partiers, etc...

    Never had any religion permeate my studies or classes...I was adjunct faculty there for the last 2 years...Never did I pray or even talk about God in my clinicals/post conferences...

    Where are you guys getting these holy roller ideas about GCU?
    Clinicals are only part of the program and traditional programs are treated differently. When I was there 1.5 years ago all on campus meetings began and ended with instructor led prayer. I talked to a community college nursing faculty that considered teaching at GCU and she said she wouldn't teach there because she didn't feel comfortable leading prayers.
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    I was teaching there 1.5 years ago, helped w/ skills lab, and sat in on some lectures...Don't remember any prayers...BIG misconception...I heard the same stuff 13 years ago before I enrolled...None of it true...

    You may have a patient someday ask you to pray w/ him...what will you do then?
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    Quote from hogan4736
    You may have a patient someday ask you to pray w/ him...what will you do then?
    That I was well trained as I sat in the back row of the Chapel with GCU faculty, partiers, and smokers.

    It's odd how you acknowledge the accelerated program is different but fail to acknowledge praying or extra religious studies as part of the GCU lifestyle/curriculum.

    Obviously for anyone interested in GCU, a quick phone call to the campus will clear up any misconceptions or misrepresentations.
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    Quote from Kabin

    It's odd how you acknowledge the accelerated program is different but fail to acknowledge praying or extra religious studies as part of the GCU lifestyle/curriculum.

    Obviously for anyone interested in GCU, a quick phone call to the campus will clear up any misconceptions or misrepresentations.

    If you call the campus, you will get the PC answer...

    Yes, I'm odd...But you confuse me...I relay the new accelerated "rules" only...I wish I did not have to go to chapel. I acknowleged chapel...And if I didn't, I acknowledge Old and New Testament history classes (1 of each)...I NEVER prayed in my 2.5 years as a student and 2 years as a faculty...

    4.5 years is a pretty good foundation to form an opinion...

    I despise organized religion...But 1-2 years on a waiting list (for a 3.2 GPA student) on a community college puts me that much farther from retirement buddy, NOT where any of us wants to be...I had a school that wanted me, NOT my GPA...

    I don't care if they worshipped the sun...I wanted my RN!!!
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  13. Visit  sailornurse} profile page
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    [quote=hogan4736;1843439]back up there guys...

    i went to gcu 13 years ago...went to chapel (1 hour, sat in back) once a week, back then it was required...not now for the accelereated program...

    we had catholics, jews, agnostics, smokers, partiers, etc...

    never had any religion permeate my studies or classes...i was adjunct faculty there for the last 2 years...never did i pray or even talk about god in my clinicals/post conferences...

    i graduated in 1988 from gcu, same thing as hogan says, i would review my notes during mandatory chapel, no biggie. in my nursing class there was only one southern baptist & she was from salt lake city!!!, rest of class were catholics, greek orthodox, protestant, agnostics/atheists/partiers. i went there for the nursing education as asu was being scrutinized by bon. this was before rn to bsn program was created as i was an adn-rn. it was by far the best nursing program, though i could not afford the tuition now, back then it was about $1500.00 per semester. good school.
  14. Visit  cardiacRN2006} profile page
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    Quote from hogan4736

    You may have a patient someday ask you to pray w/ him...what will you do then?
    Quote from hogan4736
    ...I NEVER prayed in my 2.5 years as a student and 2 years as a faculty...
    These 2 points don't make sense. You state that we should go to the school in order to prepare ourselves when a pt asks us to pray, and then state that you NEVER prayed while you were there...So then, what's the point of a religious school??



    The fact is about GCU, some of us are very skeptic about organized religion. All I had to hear was a little bit about this program to know that I didn't want to deal with it. No thanks :uhoh21:


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