5 Reviews on Grand Canyon University (GCU) - College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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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