Healthcare Degrees and Nursing Degree Programs

The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions offers a full spectrum of nursing degrees, from a pre-licensure BSN degree to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Our registered nurse (RN) to BSN degree is an option that employers value, as well as our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs that include relevant specialties such as public health and informatics. You may also accelerate your education by choosing one of our fast track options, which can help you to earn your BSN, MSN or DNP in less time. We also offer healthcare degrees, including our Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration and our Master of Science in Health Care Informatics. Whichever path you choose, you can be sure you will receive a quality education from the context of our Christian heritage.

About GCU’s Nursing and Health Care Programs

Grand Canyon University (GCU) knows that healthcare’s increasing complexity means today’s healthcare degree programs must advance your capacity to creatively respond to changes in nursing, direct care and healthcare administration fields. With healthcare’s rapid growth – the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 15 percent rise in registered nursing jobs and 20 percent rise in medical and health services manager jobs between 2016 and 2026 – it is an excellent time to pursue your education.

GCU and the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions is committed to providing a curriculum that challenges and prepares graduates to lead and prosper in the ever-changing healthcare industry. Through hands-on simulations and comprehensive discussions with peers and our dedicated healthcare faculty, GCU teaches graduates to apply critical-thinking and ethical-decision making practices in their chosen field.

Earn one of our healthcare degrees on our main campus, or choose from our online degree programs that offer the flexibility and convenience you need to finish your degree on your time.

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RN to BSN Online

GCU’s online RN to BSN degrees offer convenience and flexibility. Maintain work-life balance while still earning a high-quality, accredited education, with classes taught by full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors. The bridge program is designed for individuals who are RNs but have a baccalaureate degree in another field and are looking to gain foundational knowledge and the next step toward earning an MSN degree.


Undergraduate Healthcare

Interested in entering the healthcare field? Find a rewarding career in the healthcare industry by earning a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration, health sciences or nursing. Our undergraduate healthcare degree programs prepare you to fill evolving roles in the industry, with an emphasis on health, wellness, safety and quality care for patients of all ages.


Healthcare Masters

Prepare to effectively manage and lead in contemporary healthcare systems by earning one of GCU’s healthcare management or leadership degrees. These master’s degree programs include our Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Health Care Administration and the Master of Science in Health Informatics. These help prepare you to address the needs of a variety of organizations by filling leadership roles.


Doctoral Healthcare

Earning a doctorate in nursing practice may deliver enhanced knowledge and skillsets that can be greatly beneficial in the nursing field. In both the DNP and DNP in Educational Leadership, learners are empowered with current and evidence-based research topics to acquire the core competencies in nursing science and nursing ethics so they may further advance in their field.

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Get a Head Start in College

High school students have a convenient, affordable way to get a head start on college classes with GCU’s dual enrollment program. By attending college-level courses online while completing high school, you can experience college and earn college credit.

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Single Courses

GCU serves both degree-seeking students and students who just need to take a class or two. You can take many bachelor’s and master’s classes as individually—and they are conveniently available online.

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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.

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Concurrent Enrollment

GCU offers registered nurses who are enrolled in the Maricopa County Community College District or who hold a bachelor’s degree in another field a faster way to their BSN or MSN degree.

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Flexible Online and Evening Courses

The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions offers classes to help you fit education into your life. Explore our satellite campuses, or choose to earn an online degree and experience the vigorous capabilities of our dynamic online learning classrooms. We also offer evening classes that provide convenience for working professionals. Take a look at our campus extension locations to find classrooms near you.


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.

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.

MBA and MSN Pathway

Nursing professionals seeking to move their career in a new direction can benefit from GCU’s path to both a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Leadership. Earning these degrees allows nurses to develop cross-functional business management and nursing leadership skills. When students enroll in their MBA after their MSN-L they can even bypass two courses (MGT-605 and SYM-506). To learn more about this pathway, click here.

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

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

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