Grand Canyon University (GCU) - College of Nursing and Health Care Professions | 72% NCLEX Pass Rates

Grand Canyon University (GCU) is one of the highest rated programs in Arizona because of its learning styles, including hands-on practice, online and lab simulations, as well as peer discussions and researching best practices along with a foundation of Christian values.


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  • Programs RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, Accelerated BSN, BSN, DNP, MSN, Post-grad Certificate, NP, Other
  • Location Phoenix, AZ
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Grand Canyon University, a proprietary university, was founded in 1949. It is a Christian-based university with a Christian foundation, though it welcomes students from all backgrounds. GCU is one of the top nursing schools in Arizona, offering an array of programs from pre-nursing licensure to advanced practice graduate levels.

Accreditation

Grand Canyon University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is recognized as educating nurses to their highest potential.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the College of Nursing and Health Professionals programs including accreditation of the BSN, MSN and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees.

Courses are offered online or through evening classes including once a week at the Phoenix Campus or via satellite locations around Arizona and New Mexico.

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Pre-Licensure

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Pre-Licensure) degree program prepares students at the undergraduate level to become Registered Nurses (RN) as part of a healthcare team in a variety of healthcare settings. After completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam then apply in their respective states to seek licensure as an RN.

Admission Acceptance: Admission into the nursing program is competitive and relies significantly on the pre-requisite GPA and minimum HESI scores. To be accepted for admission to campus or online undergraduate programs, the applicant must submit acceptable high school or college transcripts.  If unable to meet required GPA, applicants may be accepted with eligible test scores.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Registered nurses who have previously obtained an associate degree in nursing, diploma, or certification (international nurses only) are eligible for this program. The format and courses of the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions’ BSN are tailored to meet the needs of the RN adult learner and flexible enough to let the nurse keep working.

 

Graduate level programs

Admission requirements are backed on unweighted GPA and/or GRE or GMAT scores.

Bridge Programs (RN-MSN)

The following online nursing bridge programs, offered by the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, are for nurses who have a previous baccalaureate degree, not in nursing, and would like to obtain an MSN.

  • Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Healthcare Informatics
  • Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems
  • Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MBA and MSN with an Emphasis in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Specialties

  • Master of Business Administration & Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems
  • Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Healthcare Informatics
  • Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Leadership in Health Care Systems
  • Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner

Post-Master's Certificates

  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology Certificate
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • Nursing Education Certificate

Doctoral

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Grand Canyon University's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares nurses who lead in a specialty focus.  They apply evidence-based research to help create positive impacts on health policy and population.  The program consists of curriculum aligned to AACN essentials for DNP nursing.

Doctor of Nursing Practice with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership

Students must complete practice immersion and project hours on a clinical site.

Doctoral Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • Earned a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution with an overall GPA of 3.4 or higher. GPA less than 3.4 may be conditionally accepted
  • Earned a master's from a regionally accredited institution with an overall GPA of 3.4 or higher. GPA  3.0 - 3.39 will be conditional

General Graduate Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  1. Undergraduate degree from an approved accredited college or program
  2. 2.8 GPA or higher
  3. Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): 500
  4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE): 1,000 combined verbal/quantitative, prior to August 2011; 300 combined verbal/quantitative, after August 2011
  5. Some programs of study may require a higher GPA and/or other qualifying criteria for admission

Latest Reviews (Max 10)

  1. Anonymous
    Jun 16, 12:19 am by
    Overall: 4.8 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 4 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Program: RN-to-BSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2017

    My Experience

    Wonderful advisers who talk you through orientation to the school, computer, etc.

    About The Staff

    Most teachers are excellent and very encouraging although two were just the opposite. Stats class was amazingly navigable but you do need to spend time on the assignments & it gets easier with each week. Two classes required outside work such as a community presentation and the capstone presentation. Student service advisers are great. They will call on occasion to check on you & are available to help. Librarians are great as well & are fantastic resources.

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    I picked this school for it's Christian worldview and values. I was not disappointed.

  2. Visit jcnurse1 profile page
    May 30, 4:15 pm by
    Overall: 4.7 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 4 stars
    Academics: 4 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Status: Alumni
    Program: RN-to-BSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2017

    My Experience

    The entire program was great, although there were times where you had to spend time out in the community doing projects and such. Classwork was decent, some classes busier than others, but all doable with a full time nurse job (I work 4 shifts/wk).

    About The Staff

    I had no problems with any of the staff except for one teacher whose feedback was very discriminatory. The ancillary staff is very supportive, my student advisor would call me every few weeks to encourage and congratulate me on my progress. The financial advisor was amazing and great at pulling strings when need be.

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    I am a nurse, but work in a non-conventional field (aesthetics), but I believe this program would have been easier for me had I worked in a hospital setting, especially for the capstone project.

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    May 23, 8:31 pm by
    Overall: 3.7 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 4 stars
    Experience: 4 stars
    Staff: 4 stars
    Academics: 4 stars
    Costs: 2 stars
    Support: 4 stars

    Status: Alumni
    Program: RN-to-BSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2017
    Focus: Manager

    My Experience

    Wonderful way to work full time and still complete BSN within 2 years

    About The Staff

    Very helpful on understanding concerns or anxieties that would come up doing this online.

  4. Visit Flames9_RN profile page
    Apr 11, 8:46 am by
    Overall: 3.8 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 4 stars
    Experience: 4 stars
    Staff: 4 stars
    Academics: 4 stars
    Costs: 3 stars
    Support: 4 stars

    Status: Alumni
    Program: RN-to-BSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2015

    My Experience

    Reason why I went with GCU was they didn't hound me like other schools to join their program and I liked the idea of 5 week classes. Each class pretty much follows the same format, 2 discussion questions (DQs) each week, 1 due Wed and the other Fri at midnight, and of course you have to reply back to so many of your fellow students DQs. As well 1 paper (sometimes 2) is due Sunday at midnight. Average length I would say was around 1200 words. Most classes had a group project, usually a PowerPoint presentation and was due week 4 or 5. I found it to be a very straight forward program. The 1 class that is much different is the Stats class, and from what I have heard it has changed a great deal since I have taken it

    About The Staff

    For the most part the teachers were fine and willing to help and answered ones questions/concerns in a reasonable amount of time. Of course their were a few that were a bit slower to respond. The online librarians were great and were able to assist in finding valuable articles. I had multiple advisors throughout the program, some were fine, but the last one I had was completely useless..unable to asist me in finding 2 "anything" classes I required. She more or less told me to look up classes in the catalog and then send them her way and she would find out if they would meet the criteria.

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    I think GCU is a fine school, is it perfect no, but all the stuff is in place for your success. Very easy format and that format remains pretty much the same throughout the whole program.

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