Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Pre-Licensure Program

Thank you for your interest in Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pre-Licensure (BSN) program. The BSN program is an eight-semester, competitive acceptance program. You will complete the prerequisites during your first four semesters and can then apply for acceptance to complete the final four-semester upper division nursing core. Students are accepted into the core nursing program in fall, spring and summer.

Once accepted, you may complete the nursing core curriculum as either a traditional or fast track student. Program and site placement are determined by the College. Traditional track students attend core classes during the fall and spring semesters. Fast track students attend year-round with summer treated as a semester. Both programs follow the same curriculum and align to GCU's academic calendar. Upon graduation from the program, you will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX exam. With the rigorous curriculum, state-of-the-art simulation and real-world clinical experiences of our BSN program, our graduates have a very high - 91.47% in 2014 - first-time past rate on the NCLEX.

GCU's Pre-Licensure BSN program offers multiple locations for the core nursing curriculum.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Want to learn more about the BSN program? The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions hosts several webinar info sessions throughout the year. See dates and RSVP.

Important Information

Acceptance into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pre-Licensure program is competitive. Not all students will be admitted into the clinical coursework which begins in the junior year. Acceptance is determined by a stack-rank according to the nursing admission criteria and the availability of clinical spaces. For general academic requirements and regulations, view the GCU Policy Handbook.

Quick Links

Quick links to some of the requirements found within the GCU Policy Handbook are provided below.

  • Take the HESI A2 Assessment. For more information and to register for the HESI, click here.
  • Complete a GCU-specific background check. The background check is only good for six months, so GCU recommends you complete it one month before the deadline.
  • Obtain a Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card.
  • Albuquerque candidates, your instructions for completing both background check and fingerprint clearance can be found here.

Application Deadline

The admission requirements must be completed by the application deadline for the intended semester start date:

  • Fall deadline: May 15
  • Spring deadline: Sept. 15
  • Summer deadline: Jan. 15

Notice of Intent to Attend
Download and complete the Notice of Intent to Attend form and return it to your Admissions Representative.

Application Requirements
Please refer to the GCU Policy Handbook for details on all minimum application requirements.

Acceptance Letters
After review of all application materials, an acceptance/declination email letter will be sent to all applicants approximately one month after the deadline. Students must respond within one week to express their intent to continue into the clinical portion of the Nursing program.

Q: Can I apply to the fast track and traditional track at the same time?
No. Students must choose which track and location they want to apply for.

Q: When will I know if I am accepted?
Acceptance/declination email letter will be sent approximately one month after the deadline.

Q: What if I'm not accepted?
Students not accepted to progress into the clinical portion of the BSN program should contact their Student Services Advisor to discuss their path. Students may reapply for the next start date.

Q: Is GCU's nursing program full time?
Yes. The BSN program at GCU is a four semester full time program. The traditional program is 20-24 months with a summer break. The fast track offering is a 16 month program with no summer break. The BSN program is only offered during the day with varying clinical hours built in.

Q: When will I know my schedule for the clinical portion of the program?
Due to the demand of clinical placements needed for all nursing programs within the state, students will find out about their schedule approximately one month before they start the core nursing curriculum.

Q: Can I work during the program?
The BSN program is a full time program, therefore working during it can be a challenge. The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions strongly discourages students from working full-time while in the program.

Q: If a student has attended another college's nursing program, will they be required to complete courses already completed at the other college?
Yes. Students looking to transfer over to GCU's nursing program from another college's nursing program are required to complete all admission requirements. If accepted, students will start the program from the beginning.

Q: When I finish my Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pre-Licensure program, what is next?
Student must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX- RN). More information can be found at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website.

Q: What are GCU's NCLEX passing rates?
Information on GCU's NCLEX passing rates can be found at the Arizona State Board of Nursing (AzBN) website. GCU's NCLEX scores have consistently been above the national average. Visit AzBN for more information.

Q: If I graduate from your program, can I work as a nurse in my home state?
You would need to check with your state's board of nursing to confirm their requirements.

Q: Is your program accredited?
Yes. GCU's baccalaureate degree in nursing and master's degree in nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Q: What if I have more questions or want more information?
Attend one of our information sessions. Click here to sign up.