Nursing Program @Grand Canyon University - page 5

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. by   Multicollinearity
    Fair enough, Hogan.
  2. by   hogan4736
    Quote from multicollinearity
    For some of us, GCU conflicts with our desires and values.
    I too struggled with the decision in 1994...but there were waiting lists at the CC all over the valley...I had my eye on the prize at the end...

    FWIW, I am as anti-religion as they come, and consider myself Agnostic, as I did back then as well...
  3. by   Multicollinearity
    Quote from hogan4736
    I too struggled with the decision in 1994...but there were waiting lists at the CC all over the valley...I had my eye on the prize at the end...

    FWIW, I am as anti-religion as they come, and consider myself Agnostic, as I did back then as well...
    Hogan, I switched from talking about traditional pre-licensure to RN-BSN programs. I was referring to RN-BSN decisions regarding which schools.

    But yeah - for getting that RN - just about however you can is what I say.
  4. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from hogan4736
    No one ever had horror stories of "revivals"

    Of course not. Because most of the people who would have 'horror stories' don't go to GCU! I assure you that if I had to go to the "Grand Celebrations" weekly that I would have horror stories indeed!

    And again, I'm already a nurse, so I'm speaking about the RN-BSN programs there at GCU. I already graduated from the best ADN program in the state! :spin: I'm proud of it, I advocate for it, I recommend it, and I perform to it's high standards (if I do say so myself).

    Now, I will disagree with you about another thing. It DOES matter from where you graduate to a degree. If an average student goes to a bad school, then they are going to have an even harder time than an average student going to a great school. I know, I've seen lots of them from bad schools! I won't mention which online ADN program it is that I'm talking about.
  5. by   Kabin
    Quote from knit1purl2

    religion is always a controversial subject, though what i am trying to gain from this thread is;

    were you in the nursing program while you were attending in 2005 if so;
    1. how would you rate your experience, pros and cons.

    2. was your degree questioned when you went to apply for work at the local hospitals?

    i appreciate your response on your grand canyon experience.
    it's probably not fair for me to answer many of those questions as i was there during the chaotic transition to a profit-like business model.

    they were accomodating with previous education/degree/courses.

    hopefully someone will provide more current information to your questions.
  6. by   hogan4736
    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    Now, I will disagree with you about another thing...
    Nothing new...This thread is 3 years old, and from your first post, you have disagreed with me (though that was only last year)...That's okay...

    I likely despise religion more than most...

    Went to GCU's website:
    mentions "christian" one time, pertaining to integrity
    "Although the University seeks to integrate Christian faith and practice into all aspects of campus life, no statement of faith or religious affiliation is required of prospective students. Applications for admission are considered primarily in light of the applicant’s academic qualifications."

    I think the religion rhetoric discussed here, is just that...

    We'll just agree to disagree...
  7. by   hogan4736
    One more thing Cardiac...

    I hope after many years in nursing you will realize that where one went to school is maybe 5% important...

    Who you had for instructors (inspirational ones, mean ones, etc) contributes another 5%

    The rest is up to you, and what you learn along the way...I've only been doing this 12 years, and have so much more to learn...

    The friends I still have from GCU mean so much more than anything else there that happened to me...

  8. by   cardiacRN2006
    Where I went to school, and the teachers there don't even rank as high as 5% total. My teachers were neither mean, nor inspirational.

    I'd give my tech experiences and EMT experience much more credence than that. In fact, I learned WAY more skills in those two professions than I ever did in nursing school.

    But, I was speaking of new nurses coming into nursing with a poor background from thier school. I'm well aware of what experience means as a nurse. I'm well aware of what each day brings to my practice, how each shift I learn something new.

    I'm not your typical new nurse. If you met me, you'd never know I was new.

    But that's ok, because it's the only argument that you have left, I guess. When all else fails, point out how much more experience you have over the people who disagree with you. It was very thinly veiled...

    Honestly, I barely remember the people I went to NS with. It seems like eons ago. I could literally care less about them.

    I care more about the quality of MY education. Not if I make lifelong friends there. Wasn't that the point of this thread? Somehow, I mentioned that I didn't think it was the best BSN program in town, and it turned into a "wait until you've been a nurse as long as I have" speech.


    Again, the point was that thinking that GCU was a top ranked school, and how it made me chuckle.

    Still does.
  9. by   Calzonan RN
    Quote from hogan4736

    Not this myth again...

    read this info:

    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...
    If it is a myth than a lot of the recruiters believe it. I heard this straight from two hospital nurse recruiters and an ER charge nurse.
  10. by   jayreneern
    Hi! I'm new here, and am looking for different options for NS. I graduated from ASU with a degree in Journalism just this past year and decided I want to go into nursing. Eventually I want to be a NP, but for now I just want to get into a good accelerated BSN program. I looked into NAU, which I am interested in, as well as U of A (which I am not so into....I personally don't want to live in Tucson for the next four years). I will be done with my pre-reqs in May of 2009, and am wondering if anyone has thoughts on GCU and NAU. I would love to stay in Phoenix and have a partnership program, where most of school is paid for. Is that a feasible option? Someone on this thread mentioned that they are going to GCU now, and have everything paid for....

    Any help would be wonderful! I really appreciate it! Thanks!!
  11. by   BlondieRN09


    I am currently attending GCU, but I am attending the Tucson Nursing campus. So I would not be of much help regarding the Phoenix program. Yes, GCU has a sponsorship program in Phoenix in which your entire tuition and books are paid for in full, in return for a 3 year contract to the hospital. Nurses I've worked with at the hospitals have mentioned that GCU students are somewhat more advanced than students from other programs... I don't know why that would be, perhaps the large amount of clinical hours (I have almost 600 clinical hours and just finished my 3rd semester... 2 more to go).

    You may be misinformed about the UofA program - if you already have a Bachelors, their accelerated nursing program is actually 14 months - not 4 years.

    I would apply to every school you are willing to attend, because as I'm sure you know, it is extremely competitive and there is no guarantee you will be accepted to the school of your choice.

    What made you decide to switch from Journalism to Nursing??

    Best of luck... feel free to PM me if you would like more information.
  12. by   jayreneern
    Thanks for the info! I know the accelerated program from U of A is a shortened time period, but I think that it is a three-year commitment to the hospital, which means I would have to live in Tucson, where my fiance doesn't have a big job market, for the next four years. The prospects for him are much, much better in Phoenix, which is why I would love to stay here in Phoenix, and hopefully find a partnership program for a contract after NS. I do have a question regarding the whole Christian perspective though-it seems as though on this thread people were going nuts about this fact. What's the deal with that? Are there prayers before and after class, and do you feel as though your classes are somewhat limited in knowledge, as if you were learning through only the Christian perspective (I hope this makes sense!). I went to a Catholic school for HS, but I am not religious at all. If you could give me some more information, that'd be great! What are your thoughts on the program as a whole? I really appreciate your help. Also, what is "pm", is that some kind of messaging? (I'm new!)

    I wanted a switch from Journalism as I was already worn out through multiple internships, and I was never really into it. Plus, the thoughts of having a family now makes me want a job that I am very happy with as well as allowing me more flexibility.

  13. by   determined 2succeed

    I have a question for you regarding the sponsorship program you mentioned. I have spoken with an advisor at GCU Phx but she neglected to tell me about this program. Do you know what hospital or how the program works?

    Any info you have at all relating to GCU would be wonderful. I worked with a girl about 8 years ago that attended & graduated from GCU's BSN program and she always had good things to say. I'm curious about how the classes are structured, days, times, etc. ??

    determined 2succeed