Providing Outstanding Nursing and Health Care Education for over 30 years

Grand Canyon University's College of Nursing and Health Care Professions has a 30-year history of providing outstanding education. Students who plan to become professional registered nurses (RNs) can enter GCU's nursing program as freshmen to begin the pre-requisites or enter the nursing degree program later with transfer hours. They will earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and be prepared for an exciting nursing career.

Our traditional BSN nursing degree includes four semesters of clinical coursework to develop the student's skills from the beginning healthcare level to the professional level and to instill and develop leadership skills appropriate to the role of the nurse in today's health care system.

As a result of rigorous training and hard work, GCU students have an exceptional record of success on the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. While Grand Canyon University cannot guarantee employment after graduation, traditionally our graduates have been highly recruited by health care facilities.

One of the main reasons physicians' offices and hospitals value GCU's nursing program is the direct and immediate applicability of the course curriculum. As a GCU nursing student, you are continually asked to make a connection between what is learned, its relevance and its application to your job as a nurse. You can apply the knowledge and skills you're learning directly to your nursing job, so your employer can reap the benefits of your degree sooner.

Employers regard our pre-medical and nursing programs as among the very best. Many of our graduates are accepted into graduate medical and research programs at some of the most prestigious universities in the nation.

Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions is to develop professionals using systems and evidence-based practice to promote health, wellness, safety and quality care for individual patients and/or populations supported by an academically rigorous liberal-arts education reflecting Christian values.

CCNEThe baccalaureate degree in nursing and master's degree in nursing at Grand Canyon University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at

Please note, not all GCU programs are available in all states and in all learning modalities. Program availability is contingent on student enrollment. Grand Canyon University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. (800-621-7440;

GCU's College of Nursing and Health Care Professions is also approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

College Leadership and Staff

Dean and Professor
Melanie Logue, PhD, DNP,

Associate Dean,
Undergraduate Programs

Maria Quimba, RN, MA,

Assistant Dean,
Graduate Programs

Lisa Smith, PhD, RN

Director of Evening
Class Operations

Alicia Burns

Pre-licensure Program
Site Directors

Arizona Co-Director

Sheila Searles, MSN, RN

Arizona Co-Director
Debra Fuller, MSN, RN


Heidi Orehek, MSN/Ed, RN