College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Welcome to Our Healthcare and Nursing College

The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions has a nearly 35-year tradition of preparing students to fill evolving healthcare roles as highly qualified professionals educated in direct care, management, health education, and administration.

Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) in-class and online environments advance critical thinking, professionalism, accountability, and ethical decision-making by applying science, health and nursing theories. This is all fulfilled within our Christian identity and mission, known as One Foundation.

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The mission of the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions is to develop professionals using systems- and evidence-based practice to promote health, wellness, safety and quality care for individual patients and populations supported by an academically rigorous liberal arts education reflecting Christian values.


Nursing and Healthcare Degrees

As one of the top nursing schools in Arizona, we offer a wide range of programs, from a pre-licensure degree program to the registered nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Bridge to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), as well as a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). GCU offers a variety of online nursing programs, undergraduate healthcare degrees and healthcare management programs that help prepare you to lead in your field. Explore our nursing, healthcare and athletic training degrees to learn more.

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Minors Offer Advantages

If you are a traditional campus student who would like to add another credential to your primary degree, explore how adding a minor to your program can help you gain a competitive advantage.

 

Nursing Program Information

Nursing Programs

Nurses who are prepared with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) are highly valued by healthcare employers, particularly medical organizations that are interested in obtaining or retaining Magnet status. Magnet status is recognition by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and awarded to organizations that provide excellence in patient care.

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. You are also required to take the HESI A2 exam for admission into the program. Exam dates are available on GCU’s campuses at different times during the year. At the end of the program, students are expected to take the NCLEX–RN to become a licensed nurse. GCU’s commitment to equipping students for the NCLEX is revealed in the testing scores. GCU’s first quarter 2019 first time pass rate stands at 98.2% - higher than the Arizona’s Board of Nursing’s state-wide average at 95.16% for the same time period. Speak with your admissions representative or visit BSN Requirements for more information.

Students who currently hold an RN and who intend to seek their master’s degree can choose one of two efficient paths to their advanced degree. Our fast track and online bridge programs allow you to plot a faster course from your RN to MSN.

RN to BSN to MSN Fast Track Option*

Are you looking for an RN to MSN program to help you take the next step in your nursing career? An MSN augments your skillset and provides greater application of theory to solve real-world health challenges. At GCU, RN to BSN candidates who are interested in earning an MSN can accelerate their nursing education and career through a fast track option. Both the BSN and MSN degrees can be earned in as little as 30 months, offering you two valuable career credentials in less time and for less overall cost. For more information, call 855-GCU-LOPE.

Earn your BSN and MSN in as little as 2.5* years

*Transfer of 90 credits that apply to your degree, and continuous enrollment required

GCU’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program equips students to graduate in as little as 16 months by leveraging their prior education.* If you desire to become a nurse, the ABSN program offers you a swift and direct route to earning your nursing degree while gaining key skills. The hybrid format of the program offers the flexibility of an online program while still providing hands-on experience at our Sun City and Tucson locations. For more information on our Accelerated BSN program, visit the ABSN page.

*Applicants must transfer in a minimum of 60 credits, or completed baccalaureate degree based on location, and complete 9 prerequisite courses/labs prior to starting the program that is 123 credits total and 16 months in length.

BSN to DNP in Leadership Pathway

BSN-prepared nurses looking to become leaders in the field may be considering a BSN to DNP program. For nurses looking to further their education with a goal of roles in nursing leadership, GCU offers a time-efficient pathway. You may be able to earn both your MSN in leadership and DNP in leadership in just 3.5 years, saving you valuable time while still allowing you to advance your education. Learn more about this pathway from BSN to DNP by calling 855-GCU-LOPE.

Athletic Training

The mission of the GCU athletic training program is to prepare you to become a superior quality athletic training professional while teaching you to become a global citizen, critical thinker, effective communicator and responsible leader. The objectives of the program are to provide student athletic trainers with exceptional learning experiences to gain the knowledge and practical skills required to be a highly competent, functional and well-rounded athletic trainer.

Acceptance into the athletic training program is competitive and takes place during the spring semester of the first year. Not all students will be admitted into the clinical coursework, which begins in the sophomore year. Specific prerequisite courses must be taken prior to applying for admission, and clinical course requirements must be met in order meet CAATE accreditation standards and guidelines, as well as liability and health precautions. For more information about this program, call us at 855-GCU-LOPE.


All baccalaureate degree programs in nursing, master’s degree programs in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Grand Canyon University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Read through all of GCU’s accreditations.

GCU’s tuition rates and fees vary depending on your program and whether you will be an on-campus or online student. Read through our available scholarships and how GCU can help finance your educational journey.

Requirements differ based upon your intended program. Find more information and speak with a university counselor today on what is needed for admission into GCU.

GCU offers students and who hold a bachelor’s degree in another field and those enrolled in the Maricopa County Community College District nursing program a faster way to their BSN or MSN degree. View more information about our Concurrent Enrollment.

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