Nursing Program @Grand Canyon University - page 4

by Kabin

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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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    Im currently applying to GCU, and would lthe ove some advice about the school (applying, resident life, academics, etc...) please reply if you have any pertinent info. thanx
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    Let me help out all of you.
    First, GCU does not push relgion, True there use to be a Baptist tie now the campus is non denomenational and the only time you must attend chapel is if you are a tradtional first time student. They offer many RN programs, online, traditional and fast track. They were sold to a new management company about 4 years ago and are no longer in the red. The nursing and business instructors for the most part are top rate. The cost is a bit more however you are getting a BSN not an ADN and you have smaller class ratios. Not to mention its a private University. I recieved my ADN through GCC, my BSN and currently in my MSNL and MBA program. at GCU. It will be well worth your time and money.
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    It's the best BSN program going in AZ...

    I should know, I taught there 2 years, and graduated from there 11 years ago ...
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    I would definitely check it out. I've heard great things about GCU, in fact, I work with one of the instructors that teaches there and she really does know her stuff and I'm sure is a great instructor.
    The only thing that would worry me about GCU (and you'd have to check this info out) is that when I was doing my clinicals at T-Bird one semester we had GCU students who were graduating in 6 weeks. They told us that this was their first contact with actual patients. I'm not sure if it was the prior degree to BSN program (because they do have a fasttrack program for those who already have a Bachelors degree) or if they were traditional, but it just surprised me that they had no experience with patients.
    I've heard that about most of the BSN programs though, that they have less clinical exposure than the ADN programs.
    I'd definitely check into it though, I saw a billboard on my way to work and it said there's no wait time for GCU, not sure how true that is, but even a one semester wait is better than the MCC system right now!!
    Good luck!!
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    Quote from Calzonan
    I've heard that about most of the BSN programs though, that they have less clinical exposure than the ADN programs.


    Not this myth again...

    read this info:

    http://www.azbn.gov/Documents/educat...20Programs.pdf

    You'll see that the mean # of hours spent in clinicals is higher for BSN than for ADN...

    Likely due to the extra semester (leadership class) which, at GCU carries 120 clinical hours...
    Last edit by hogan4736 on Aug 27, '07
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    Quote from hogan4736
    It's the best BSN program going in AZ..

    Hmm, I would have guessed NAU first...


    Quote from Calzonan
    I was doing my clinicals at T-Bird one semester we had GCU students who were graduating in 6 weeks. They told us that this was their first contact with actual patients.

    Yikes!!!
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    Quote from Calzonan
    The only thing that would worry me about GCU (and you'd have to check this info out) is that when I was doing my clinicals at T-Bird one semester we had GCU students who were graduating in 6 weeks. They told us that this was their first contact with actual patients...

    I don't buy it...

    I taught clinicals in their accel. program...

    Only way this makes sense is if they were RN to BSN students...
    Last edit by hogan4736 on Aug 28, '07
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    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    Hmm, I would have guessed NAU first...
    Who knew?

    I have never met an NAU grad...

    why do you say so?
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    I've met NAU nurses. I've also done clinicals with them as well. It seems to me that they are a more respected school. I never would have thought of GCU as the 'best' in the state! I've never even met someone who went to school at GCU.

    People have gone back and forth on the whole religion thing, but you can't deny that they school is based with a religious tone. And for me, that's a quick, "no thanks". I think most people also think of GCU as the same of Uof Phoenix.

    For my RN-BSN, I want it to be a school with no doubts, and where people know what it's about. Fir instance, some people at my work are considering the ADN-BSN route with GCU. Some of them think of it as an 'online nursing program'.
    Everyone knows where NAU, UofA, and ASU are located. Everyone knows about them.

    Honestly, where is GCU? Is it in Phx? I don't know anything about this school other than the religious implications. Seriously, that's all I know...

    And that's how the majority of people that I've spoken with feel about it as well.
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    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    And that's how the majority of people that I've spoken with feel about it as well.
    I guess (their) ignorance is bliss :spin:

    anyway, it's near I 17, on 33rd ave and Camelback...

    I would agree it's become a "diploma mill" like U of P (as far as the online stuff)...As far as going to GCU as a non nurse (on campus), I still feel it's the best thing going...

    And the whole religious thing is waaaay overstated (read my old posts on this subject), but people will believe what they want to believe...

    I teach in a CC now, and my thought, is that it's waaay too skill focused...


    Personally, I don't think any given program makes one a better nurse (private vs public, adn vs BSN, etc)...It's the person that makes all the difference...


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