Grand Canyon University's BSN Nursing Pre-licensure Program

A quarter of a century after Grand Canyon University's College of Nursing and Health Care Professions was founded, the college continues to educate nurses through rigorous academic and clinical preparation in a tradition of values-based Christian education. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN Nursing) degree is offered through three programs: pre-licensure (traditional and fast track) and degree completion for already licensed and registered nurses (RN to BSN).

The BSN Nursing pre-licensure curriculum is designed to help students assess the individual, the family and communities; utilize functional health patterns within a variety of clinical settings; formulate nursing diagnoses; plan and evaluate nursing interventions; and function as professionals within the healthcare team. The fast-track BSN Nursing program allows students to complete a degree in approximately 20 months (taking classes year-round).

BSN Nursing pre-licensure cohorts are offered at Grand Canyon University's Phoenix campus, as well as at the following sites:

BSN Nursing pre-licensure students begin their supervised clinical experiences during the first semester of the nursing curriculum. Students spend up to 18 hours per week in an assigned clinical practice area learning to apply theory in direct patient care situations. Pre-licensure students complete a practicum in nursing as their last course in the curriculum. This course is designed to assist students in role transition and in gaining confidence in their practice.

Clinical rotations for the BSN Nursing program are held at some of the Valley's most reputable hospitals and healthcare facilities. Students spend approximately 1,000 hours total in the skills/simulation lab and in a variety of clinical settings providing care to people of all ages to meet program outcomes.

Grand Canyon University also offers an online RN to BSN program, as well as an RN to BSN in a traditional classroom setting, available in over 20 states. In addition to the online and campus-based programs, the RN to BSN is also offered in the evenings at our partner hospital locations. This makes going to school convenient for professionals working in a clinical setting.

With no waiting lists, GCU's online RN to BSN has a new class of students starting every two weeks and the campus-based program begins monthly.  The RN to BSN curriculum is 36 credit hours with courses being five weeks long, allowing student to complete the program in just 16 months. Since this program is only available for registered nurses, no clinical component is required. 

The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions curriculum is designed to facilitate the students' abilities to creatively respond to continuously-changing healthcare systems throughout the world. Educational experiences are planned to meet the needs of and to empower both students and clients.

Baccalaureate nursing practice incorporates the roles of assessing, critical thinking, communicating, providing care, teaching and leading. The caring professional approach includes the values of autonomy, altruism, human dignity, integrity and social justice with unconditional regard for all people. Nursing practice includes health promotion, disease prevention, early detection of health deviations, prompt and adequate treatment of the human response to acute and chronic illness, and compassionate care for those experiencing death.

Development of a resume and interview skills are part of the senior studies. In today's rapidly changing health care environment, the student will value the opportunity to explore the trends in an individual capstone project.

The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (The American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2008) guides the curriculum for the baccalaureate program. Graduates of the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions have a record of success on the National Council Licensure Examination - RN (NCLEX). In fact, due to the preparedness of our graduates, in 2013, Grand Canyon University nursing graduates had over a 89.94% pass rate on the NCLEX.

Pre-Licensure BSN - Nursing Student Handbook for Continuing Students

Pre-licensure BSN - Nursing Student Handbook

For students in the five-semester nursing core. (LEVEL 1 completed prior to Fall 2013)


College of Nursing Undergraduate Degrees

Undergraduate Degrees
Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration
Bachelor of Science in Health Science in Professional Development and Advanced Patient Care
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Pre-Licensure)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

* Programs subject to change.

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