Grand Canyon University

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. Schools Scholarships Student Support

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Best ProgramsAccredited Hybrid On-campus Online Public

BSN   DNP   MSN   RN-to-MSN   RN-to-BSN   Entry-Level BSN   MSN-to-DNP   NP   Accelerated BSN   Post-grad Certificate   Other  

  • Accreditations CCNE
  • Location(s) Arizona, Missouri, Nevada, Utah
  • Address 3300 West Camelback Road, Phoenix, Arizona, 85017
  • Telephone 1-855-428-5673
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Grand Canyon University, a proprietary university, was founded in 1949 as a Baptist university. Today, GCU is an interdenominational, Christian-based university with a Christian foundation, though it welcomes students from all backgrounds. The university offers programs from pre-nursing to advanced practice levels. Courses are available online, evenings, and at satellite locations in 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 the RN-BSN 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


Bridge Programs (RN-MSN)

All Graduate admission requirements are backed on unweighted GPA and/or GRE or GMAT scores.

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 a Master of Science (MSN) degree.

  • 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

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Grand Canyon University's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree 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)

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

Accreditation

Grand Canyon University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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.

Rankings

March 2020

  • "Best Christian University" offering Online Bachelor's in Health Science Degree Programs

NICHE (2019)

  • Best Online Colleges in America #18
  • Best Colleges for Nursing in America #75
  • Most Diverse Colleges in America #102
  • Top Private Universities in America #409
  • Best Colleges in America #663
  • Best College Campuses in Arizona #1
  • Best Colleges for Nursing in Arizona #1
  • Most Diverse Colleges in Arizona #3
  • Best Value Colleges in Arizona #5
  • Best Colleges in Arizona #8
  • Best Colleges in Phoenix Area #5

GCU is ranked #230 in National Universities by US News & World Report (2019).

College Factual listed GCU in their TOP 1% of Most Popular: Nursing (2018).

NCLEX Pass Rates

  • Arizona BSN: 91.5%
  • New Mexico BSN: 75%

Contact Information

  • Kimberly Martin, University Development Representative
  • 1-804-577-0668
  • [email protected]

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I recently graduated from the RN to BSN Program at GCU (online). Overall it was a good experience, and it fit my schedule well. I completed the program in roughly 14 months.

What I liked:

  • Teachers were above average and easily accessible for questions
  • Clinical placement was solid, and I had no problems
  • Overall structure and flexibility

What could be improved:

  • For an online school, I was surprised to find out a lot of their technology was in need of improvement

Overall, I'd recommend GCU's RN to BSN Program for anyone looking to earn their BSN quickly at a relatively affordable price. 

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