Grand Canyon University (GCU) - College of Nursing and Health Care Professions | 73% 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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  • On Campus
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  • Accreditation ccne Accredited
  • 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
  • Telephone 1-855-428-5673
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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. Nursing 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.

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.

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

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.

DNP 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

Contact Information

Kimberly Martin, University Development Representative
1-804-577-0668
Kimberly.martin@gcu.edu

Latest Reviews (Max 10)

  1. Anonymous
    May 17, 11:35 am by
    Overall: 1.5 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 1 stars
    Experience: 2 stars
    Staff: 2 stars
    Academics: 2 stars
    Costs: 1 stars
    Support: 1 stars

    Program: BSN
    Classes: On Campus

    My Experience

    My experience was not a good one from the beginning to end. Financial aid staff was unhelpful and many times mis-informed

    About The Staff

    The instructors were friendly but would not go out of their way to help you. Resources were limited even though they told me there was tutoring, study groups, and peer support

  2. Visit stefani05 profile page
    May 11, 8:19 pm by
    Overall: 2.7 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 3 stars
    Experience: 1 stars
    Staff: 3 stars
    Academics: 3 stars
    Costs: 3 stars
    Support: 3 stars

    Status: Student
    Program: RN-to-BSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2018

    My Experience

    At first I really enjoyed Grand Canyon's program. Everyone was helpful and I felt like I could always get in contact with someone if I needed more help. In my first 3 classes I got almost easy A's but not with out completely teaching myself everything. I love the self paced learning environment but all of the lectures are read only and about 25% apply to that weeks material. You get the online book and 8-15 extra external resources to review each week for assignments and it takes all of them plus some to complete the assignments. I had one assignment that had no information in the book to find out later that all the information was actually in the book from my last class. I find many of the assignments unclear and I have to clarify what is expected, often the assignment directions don't correlate directly to the rubric. The platform is kind of a pain to navigate with posts in multiple locations. The group projects aren't too bad but every class I take the lead and create an outline for everyone to sign up for their tasks to create less of a headache. The current class I am in, the teacher had completely different expectations from the last 3 courses so I am missing tons of points even after referring to classroom policies on the schools webpage, then to the syllabus as instructed to see if the teacher has different expectations to finally find the teacher's specific classroom policies posted in an announcement. The schools library has some nice resources but it is not extremely user friendly and some resources seem to be lacking. It is also hard to find certain information.

    Otherwise, orientation is great, the information is there you just basically rush through to try to teach yourself everything to get the assigments done and for the most port staff is helpful.

    About The Staff

    The counselors and other staff are amazing! They will make sure to stay in contact with you, check in on your courses and are readily available for anything you may need help with or anything that needs to be completed. Like any of the schools, some teachers are great, others not so much. Most are more than willing to help but some don't clarify very well.

  3. Anonymous
    Dec 10, '17, 4:36 pm by
    Overall: 3.3 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 3 stars
    Experience: 3 stars
    Staff: 3 stars
    Academics: 3 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 3 stars

    Program: RN-to-BSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2016

    My Experience

    GCU offers a significant veteran discount and it's online platform was easy to learn and navigate. If you are looking for an "easy" school GCU will be a great fit. I rarely got feedback from the instructors on my papers, they just seem to hand out 100% grades. I worry this will affect me in grad school, if I choose to pursue that option. I was extremely disenchanted with higher education based on my experience with GCU. I don't feel like I learned much. Many of the classes had a group project with heavy weight towards the final grade and I found if I didn't do most of the work; it wouldn't get done.

    About The Staff

    I had one instructor that clearly English was not her first language. She deducted points on several of my papers for grammar that was absolutely unwarranted. My dad was an English major and I double checked with a tutor and the librarian. I finally contested the grade but the faculty told me since I still received an 'A' in the course, I could not contest the grade. The whole debacle was absolutely absurd and a total waste of my time and patience.

  4. Anonymous
    Jun 16, '17, 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.

    Things To Know

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

  5. Visit jcnurse1 profile page
    May 30, '17, 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.

    Things To Know

    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.

  6. Visit anniebelle29 profile page
    May 23, '17, 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.

  7. Visit Flames9_RN profile page
    Apr 11, '17, 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.

    Things To Know

    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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