Nursing Program @Grand Canyon University - page 2

by Kabin 79,957 Views | 120 Comments

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


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    I considered GCU as a plan B in case I don't get into my first choice program. I considered it for about 1.5 seconds. You really need to be an Evangelical Christian to go there for the traditional BSN. I don't think agnostic/secular humanists/feminists like myself would get on well there. Sure they may say anyone may attend. In reality though - it's not going to go over well. I mean no disrespect towards GCU. They have a right to have a program that teaches their particular belief system and religious world-view. I just think prospective students need to understand that these folks really believe with every cell of their being and it permeates (rightly so) the nursing program. I was raised as an Evangelical Christian so I do understand their world-view.
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    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?
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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?
    I'm going to apply 2 semesters from now. That's ok. I'm taking my 4.0 there and they are taking me. They just don't know it yet.

    I could apply sooner, but I want more of my classes out of the way. I want to only be taking nursing courses once I get in - not loaded up with Spanish 101, philosophy 101 etc.

    Of course there's always my plan B which is NAU.
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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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    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
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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.
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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...
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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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