Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

The CCNE-accredited RN to BSN program is designed for registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma in nursing who are looking to further their education. Curriculum focuses on the application of clinical reasoning, research, evidence based practice, collaboration and leadership. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of concepts through relevant experiential learning and practice experiences that foster opportunities in disease prevention, quality improvement, information management and leadership development; all of which are aligned to the Baccalaureate Essentials requirements determined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (Expectations for Practice Experiences in the RN to Baccalaureate Curriculum, 2012).

Why an RN to BSN?

With significant changes in the delivery of health care in the United States today, the need for lifelong learning and professional renewal has never been more important. An American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) survey revealed nearly 79 percent of employers prefer nurses with at least a BSN degree, while the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends 80 percent of nurses earn a BSN degree by the year 2020. Studies published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies and Health Affairs suggest patients who are cared for by BSN-prepared nurses experience decreased patient mortality, hospital readmission rates and length of stay.

Nurses with BSNs are found in a variety of settings including hospitals, ambulatory care centers, health service organizations, community care settings, long-term and rehabilitative settings, in case management as well as in the home.

Online RN to BSN

Earning your RN to BSN degree online provides convenience and flexibility to complete assignments around your schedule. Our online learning system is intuitively designed to help you keep track of assignments and course activities.

Frequent start dates allow you to begin your RN to BSN program online when you are ready, and our three-credit, five-week courses help you earn your degree in less time. You can focus on one class at a time for more in-depth learning and to maintain your work-life balance.

RN to BSN Evening Program

If you prefer face-to-face interaction and support from both peers and faculty, the RN to BSN program is also available at our Phoenix campus and campus extension locations in Arizona and New Mexico. Classes meet one night per week with assignments and additional coursework completed online.

GCU Nursing Programs are accredited by the CCNE
The baccalaureate degree in nursing and masters degree in nursing at Grand Canyon University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.


The convenience of GCUs evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals. Evening classes meet once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom, filled with career minded individuals. Evening class sizes are kept small, providing a warm nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. Classes begin frequently at various locations.

Online and Evening program disclosures      

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.

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