Take any of the nursing courses offered by Grand Canyon University (GCU) as an individual nursing courses to strengthen your skills, advance knowledge or satisfy your need to learn about a specialty. Featured below are GCU's more popular nursing courses.

For a comprehensive listing of individual nursing courses, review our Academic Catalog.

Nursing Courses at GCU






Applied Statistics for Health Care Professionals
3 Credits

This introductory course on statistical concepts emphasizes applications to health care professions. It is designed to prepare you to interpret and evaluate statistics and statistical methods used in published research papers and to make decisions about the appropriateness of specific statistical methods in a variety of settings. Areas of emphasis include introduction to analysis of variance, regression and graphical presentation; experimental design; descriptive statistics; sampling methods; and z, t and chi-square.


Trends and Issues in Health Care
3 Credits

This nursing course explores the impact of numerous professional and societal forces on health care policy and practice. Content includes an analysis of current studies; nursing care policy and position statements; political, environmental and cultural issues; and changing nursing roles. The study of these issues examines the impact on health care delivery systems in today's society.


Pathophysiology and Nursing Management of Clients' Health
3 Credits

This nursing course is designed to enhance the working RN's existing understanding of the pathophysiological processes of disease as they affect clients across the lifespan. The interrelationship of structural and functional reactions of cells and tissues to genetic alterations and injurious agents provide the foundation for comprehending clinical manifestations and treatment protocols. Critical thinking and nursing management are enhanced through the use of case studies that integrate nutritional and pharmacological concepts. The understanding of environmental and biological risk factors equips you with the knowledge to provide health promotion and prevention education.


Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Roles and Practice
4 Credits

This course examines nursing as a profession and a discipline and your role as a member of the profession. The theoretical foundations for nursing practice and roles are explored and applied. Emphasis is placed on developing scholarly writing and presentation skills. Critical thinking skills are refined as you discuss and synthesize the literature that guides nursing practice with a special emphasis on caring, diversity and spirituality.


Introduction to Nursing Research
3 Credits

This writing-intensive course promotes the use of research findings as a basis for improving clinical practice. Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are presented. Emphasis is on the critical review of research studies and their applications to clinical practice. An overview of evidence-based practice is provided. Prerequisite: PSY-363, BIO-363, or HLT-362V.


Health Care Research Analysis and Utilization
4 Credits

This course focuses on the critical analysis of nursing and health care research and its application to nursing education, nursing practice and the delivery of health care services. Emphasis is placed on strategies to access current and relevant data, synthesize the information and translate new knowledge to practice. Ethical issues in the design and conduct of research are addressed. Prerequisite: NUR 502.


Health Assessment
3 Credits

This course focuses on methods of health history, taking physical examination skills, documentation and health screening. The course emphasizes the individual as the client, functional health patterns, community resources and the teaching learning process.


Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators
3 Credits

This nursing course builds upon your previous health assessment knowledge, offering more advanced health assessment content to provide the foundation for the advanced professional nursing role of a nurse educator. Emphasis is placed on knowledge of physical assessment, including physical, psychosocial, spiritual health assessment, risk assessment, functional assessment and physical examination in diverse populations. Use a systematic method of diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision-making to establish data that may be utilized in patient care or nursing education. This course gives an overview of appropriate protocols for performing health screening, as well as performing and interpreting laboratory, radiographic and other diagnostic data. These are based on best practices consistent with resource allocations. To maintain a nursing focus on patient responses to illness or the threat of illness, effective communication and client teaching is incorporated throughout the course. The importance of effective documentation and medical recordkeeping is included.