Message from the Dean

Message from the Dean

Dear Nursing Students, 

I want to welcome you to Grand Canyon University! The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions has served Arizona since 1982 and over the past few years has expanded its programs into the online format. GCU offers the pre-licensure nursing program on its main campus in Phoenix and satellite campuses across Arizona and New Mexico.  We are committed to offering programs that will assist professional nurses in meeting their academic goals.


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GCU College of Nursing and Health Care Professions is approved by the New Mexico and Arizona State Boards of Nursing and is national accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  We hold ourselves accountable to the highest academic standards in the profession of nursing.

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The pre-licensure program continues to exceed the state and national benchmarks on the National Licensing exam (NCLEX) and the Advanced Practice Graduates continue to excel on their national certification exams at 100% pass rate.

For those professional nurses who hold a diploma in Nursing or an Associate Degree in Nursing; GCU offers an affordable, transfer friendly professional studies program to reach the BSN. Nurses with a diploma in nursing are awarded 60 transfer credits for their diploma; the other 24 credits may be transferred in from a community college.  The program consist of 36 upper division credits in nursing and 84 lower division credits may be transferred into the program.  The RN to BSN is offered online or in cohorts. 

The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions also offers seven Masters of Science tracks; Nurse Educator, Nurse Leader, Healthcare Informatics, Public Health, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). Some programs are offered fully online, while others are offered in cohorts.

We have teams of enrollment, academic and financial counselors who are committed to your academic success.  You will get to know your counselors as they help you navigate the journey of meeting your educational goals.

My goal for you is to provide a solid nursing education offered within the tenets of our Christian heritage. We focus on the body-mind-spirit in health and healing. Students are challenged to integrate spiritual principles into practice when caring for patients, families, and communities. This emphasis is what we believe sets us apart from other schools. Our graduates often share how they have made a difference in a person's life because they tapped into their spiritual needs.

Again, I welcome you to GCU and to the College of Nursing. I know your journey will be educationally challenging and professionally rewarding!

Anne M. McNamara Ph.D., R.N.
Dean and Professor of Nursing
College of Nursing and Health Care Professions