Grand Canyon RN-BSN - page 4

Is there any updated information? I have been in heavy contact with them and am looking at taking their RN-BSN program. I work with a GCU grad and she has nothing but positive things to say, but I... Read More

  1. by   tokmom
    How is everyone doing?
  2. by   courtleighk
    I'm curious how everyone who got into GCU is doing now? I'm interested in applying but hesitant as you all were. Hope all of you are doing well!!
  3. by   tokmom
    Quote from courtleighk
    I'm curious how everyone who got into GCU is doing now? I'm interested in applying but hesitant as you all were. Hope all of you are doing well!!
    No problems whatsoever. The financial part has been smooth and my advisor touches base with me about once a month, or once each class.

    It is busy, but maybe every BSN program is. I work FT and have a family. I spend a lot of my free time doing homework. On my days off a big day out is grocery shopping, lol. I may have a few hours off every day to NOT do homework. Sigh...

    The instructors are approachable which is nice and they get back with answers to questions on a timely basis.
    Last edit by tokmom on May 26, '13
  4. by   pandorasbox
    Quote from courtleighk
    I'm curious how everyone who got into GCU is doing now? I'm interested in applying but hesitant as you all were. Hope all of you are doing well!!
    Hi courtleighk,

    Like tokmom says, "no problems whatsoever". So far things have been smooth sailing with my financial aid, my advisor, etc. The classes themselves are not difficult, but do be prepared to put time into them. I am in my 4th class and every one of them has had a group project. That is not my favorite thing to do, but I've survived. One good thing is that each class is 5 weeks, so it goes fast! I do encourage you to take the plunge and join us! Good luck!
  5. by   courtleighk
    Thanks for your replies Getting excited!
  6. by   tokmom
    Has anyone heard of a youtube stats video that is made by GCU nursing students? It is supposed to exist, but I cannot find it.
  7. by   casiegarcia
    Hi centered-rn,

    I am currently looking into GCU online RN to BSN program and wanted to ask you now that you have been doing this program for a while; what to you think about their program???
  8. by   casiegarcia
    Can anyone offer any feedback on the GCU online RN to BSN program? It would be much appreciated. :-)
  9. by   tokmom
    Not rn-centered, but pandorasbox and I have been in classes for 4 classes now. What do you want to know? We are set to take stats in 3 weeks.
  10. by   tokmom
    Any updates from GCU buddies? I just finished Community health. Wow, the group project was a rough one. Glad it's over! Next will be the dreaded stats class.. Gulp.

    My advisor said there is suppose to be an online video made by RN-BSN stats students. I cannot seem to find it though. Four classes down and only 8 more to go!
    Last edit by tokmom on Jun 25, '13
  11. by   casiegarcia
    Your response is much appreciated Tokmom. So, you are going to be starting Applied Stats for Health Care Professionals in a few more weeks. Please keep me updated on how this class is. The word STATS scares me. It's been approx. 5 years since I took a stats class. Did you only have to take the 12 core nursing classes? How are the online books (I think it's through elsevere) working for you. Have you had any surprises or let downs regarding GCU so far? What state do you reside in? Have you had in tests, quizzes, or mid-terms if so how were they? What is your overall thought on GCU online RN to BSN program so far??

    Thanks again
  12. by   tokmom
    If you took stats once you should be ok, if it's only been 5 years, but check.

    Yes, only 12 core classes for me.

    There are no papers or quizzes (except stats from what I have been told) or midterms. The program is based on reading, papers, power points and group projects. Lots and lots of writing and reading. There are also discussion questions that you have to write and also answer to other members for a total of 6 substantive posts a week.The dq's are due on Wed and Fri.
    Typically you have 2 papers and a group project in a class. However my previous class had a paper due every weekend.

    Surprises: I was told I was going to be spending 10-14 hours a week on homework. I easily spend 20 a week on papers, DQ or reading. I don't have much of a social life about now.

    I have gone through three advisors since I have been at GCU. It doesn't matter to me, because everyone I have dealt with knows their stuff and have been helpful. If you know of anyone starting GCU or you hook up with a another student, GCU will keep you together. it's nice to have support and have a back up with a buddy system when you get a slacker in your group project.

    Books: Ok, a bias here, but I like paper books. I'm old school. The website works just fine, never a problem. The plus is having to do a search and have it high lighted for you so it is an easy find. That's nice.

    No let downs so far. I just had one instructor that was more hands off in the process. Not great at answering questions posted to her in a timely fashion. On the other hand, I had one that thought calling me would answer my questions in a more thorough manner. All the others have been ok.

    Don't let anyone tell you this is a diploma mill. You will work for your grade. I have a 4.0 but not a perfect score. I have been dinged for what others call stupid mistakes, such as headings and writing errors. They just don't pass you because you paid the tuition, in my opinion.

    Group project. Even brick and mortar schools have them. My first group had two ESL students that knew there stuff, but expressing it was difficult. I pretty much did the power point for the class. It was a nightmare. The other projects were ok with everyone pitching in. I was forewarned of the dreaded group project and others were right. Totally a pain in the butt. But I have them to do and will continue dealing with them.

    No drama with GCU. I do my thing and go to the next class. I recommend it. Just remember it is more work than what they say it would be. A friend of mine is roughly a year or so out of school and she said GCU is more work then her ADN program was.

    Would I do it again? Yes, I would and with GCU. It's been smooth sailing for my buddy and me. It's been challenging and I feel like I have learned a lot.

    Any other things I can help with, let me know. PM me if you want more info and I will send you my email address.

    Oh, I'm from WA
    Last edit by tokmom on Jun 25, '13
  13. by   pandorasbox
    Hi casiegarcia - Like tokmom, I am also scheduled to start taking the stats class. Nervous? Scared? Shaking? Heck yeah! But, I keep hearing that many nurses who have felt just like me, have made it out alive, so I'm going along with that theory, lol!

    If you took stats only 5 years ago, maybe you will be exempt from having to take it. In my case, I am doing the 12 core nursing classes. As far as online books go, I don't like it, but I manage with it. For stats for example, I have already borrowed the same book from the library. That is always an option if you absolutely hate e-books.

    So far GCU has been great. I'm not a fan of the busy work, but I think any RN-BSN program is going to make you work for it. Every class so far (just finished the 4th) has had a group project. Either a PowerPoint presentation, or a group paper. 100% is online, so that is a big plus for me. No test, quizzes, or mid-terms that I know of.

    I live in the Chicago area, but you will encounter classmates from all over the place. CA, NY, NJ, FL, GA, WA, etc. etc.
    Come join us!