Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

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The RN to BSN program is designed for registered nurses with an associate's degree or diploma in nursing who are looking to further their education. Students in this program will explore effective communication strategies demonstrated through inter-professional practices, critical thinking, ethical decision making, spirituality in health care, nursing management and servant leadership. 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 78.6 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 nurses who possess BSN degrees experience decreased patient mortality, hospital readmission rates and length of stay.

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 master‛s degree in nursing at Grand Canyon University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Program Disclosure

Category Non-Traditional Traditional
Books & Supplies (Per Program) $2,830 N/A
Tuition & Fees (Per Program) $17,290 N/A
Room & Board (Per Program, If Applicable) $3,285
On Time Graduation Rate 98% N/A
Median Private Loan Debt $0 N/A
Median TIV Loan Debt $14,715 N/A
Median Institutional Financing Plan Debt N/A N/A

Program SOC

Registered Nurses
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary
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  3. Room and board costs may be higher or lower depending on housing and meal plan choice. This number is based on an average for students on campus.
  4. Some Non-Traditional programs may be offered on the ground campus or on-line.
  5. N/A identifies that a program is not offered in that modality or that fewer than 10 students graduated within the reported timeframe.
  6. Tuition and Fees for each program are based on current rates. Future Tuition and Fee Rates may vary. Tuition was calculated using the number of credit hours in the program times the current tuition rate and includes the Graduation Fee. Full time students enrolled at a program taken at the main campus include a Student Activity Fee, charged every semester. Online programs include a one time Learning Management Fee. Some programs may also include additional fees based on course materials.
  7. On-time graduation rates and median loan debt are based on students who graduated in the 2011-2012 award year.
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Online/Evening program disclosures

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