Healthcare Bachelor’s Degrees at GCU

Complete RN to BSN core courses in 14 months

Students that transfer in the maximum of 90 credits, including six upper division, may be able to complete the core courses in as little as 12 months.1

Pursue a career in a healthcare field with a bachelor’s degree from Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) College of Nursing and Health Care Professions. With a long tradition of preparing students to fill evolving roles in the healthcare industry, we offer a variety of undergraduate healthcare degree programs to help you find your purpose.

If you are interested in a career in the healthcare field, we offer a healthcare administration degree. Is your calling a career in nursing? Consider our BSN program, offered on our main campus in Phoenix or our accelerated BSN (ABSN) program in Sun City, AZ, Tucson, AZ, West Valley (Phoenix, AZ), East Valley (Chandler, AZ), St. Louis, MO, Las Vegas (Henderson, NV) and Salt Lake (Sandy, UT). Interested in changing careers? Already an RN? Learn more about our RN to BSN degree program

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1.8 Million Jobs

Estimated 1.8 million job openings each year for healthcare occupations from 2022-2032, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics2

Various Programs

GCU offers 330 academic programs including 270+ online academic programs (as of June 2023)

#1 in Arizona

GCU ranked #1 best nursing college in Arizona for 2023, according to Niche.com3

College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

GCU’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions strives to develop healthcare professionals who have a focus on promoting health, wellness, safety and quality care.

Healthcare Degree Programs Available at GCU

Explore our various healthcare program options below to find the one that best suits your career goals, passions and lifestyle.

GCU offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences to help allied health professionals who have an associate degree or certification stay competitive in the healthcare industry to potentially position themselves for a possible supervisory role. This health sciences undergraduate degree covers a variety of relevant topics, including advanced patient care, risk management and healthcare regulations.

Registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma certificate may want to consider GCU’s RN to BSN degree program. In the program, students can learn from practicing nurses and knowledgeable faculty and gain skills in evidence-based practice, research and leadership.

Earn a BS in Nursing in as little as 16 months through our accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program,4 offered at several locations in the U.S. This program allows adults without a nursing background to use applicable education toward a BSN. Throughout the ABSN program, students have the opportunity to gain the professionalism and ethical decision-making skills they need to step into a nursing career post-graduation. For more information on our accelerated BSN, and its locations, visit our ABSN page.

GCU’s BSN program (pre-licensure) is designed to give you the skills you need to help you serve the community by providing high-quality patient care to individuals across the lifespan. At GCU, Bachelor of Science in Nursing students learn in a modern simulation suite and complete clinical rotations to gain hands-on experience and refine nursing assessment and skills.

The baccalaureate degree programs in nursing, the master’s degree programs in nursing, the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and the post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Grand Canyon University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Healthcare Bridge Pathways at GCU 

If you are a registered nurse (RN) who has a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing, you may want to consider a bridge to MSN program. GCU’s bridge pathway consist of seven courses that can prepare you to earn your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Upon enrollment, you select the MSN emphasis program of interest such as informatics, public health nursing, nursing education, nursing leadership, or health care quality and patient safety.

A bridge pathway can help you transition into an advanced nursing degree if you have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing. At GCU, we offer a bridge to MSN pathway that consists of seven courses, designed to prepare you to enter the MSN programs. The length of time it takes to complete different bridge pathways varies. Fill out the form on this page and an enrollment counselor will reach out to answer questions and help you understand your path to earn your MSN.

Online Programs

Enjoy the convenience of online courses from an accredited university with GCU’s online degree programs. Learn about your options and our virtual classrooms. 

Evening Classes

For the working professional, evening classes offer an opportunity to enjoy face-to-face interactions with faculty and peers while also earning a degree at times convenient for you.

Campus Experience

GCU’s growing main campus in Phoenix offers modern classroom buildings, popular dining options, facilities and so much more. Learn more about our healthcare and BSN military discount and transfer options.

GCU Locations for Healthcare Bachelor's Degrees

In addition to our main campus in Phoenix, GCU offers additional location options for earning your undergraduate healthcare ABSN degree.

Military-Friendly Healthcare Bachelor's Degrees

GCU is a military-friendly university committed to helping you use your benefits to earn your degree. Learn more about our healthcare and BSN military discount and transfer options

Healthcare Bachelor's Degrees FAQs

There are various types of undergraduate healthcare degrees, such as a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management. Along with these are various nursing degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and RN to BSN degree.

A bachelor’s degree in an area such as nursing or health sciences can be a gateway to jobs in the medical field. For example, a BSN degree can allow you to work as a registered nurse, while those with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences may be able to position themselves for possible advancement in their current healthcare career.

A Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration degree may be a great option for those looking to pursue healthcare administration. An undergraduate health care administration degree aims to provide you with concepts, strategies and skills to work strategically and optimally within healthcare organizations. 

BSN degree length may vary depending on your previous educational background and pre-requisite courses. Traditional BSN pre-licensure programs typically take three to four years to complete. Accelerated BSN programs can be completed in less than two years. Programs such as the RN to BSN are also accelerated. For example, GCU's RN to BSN core courses can be completed in 14 months. Students that transfer in the maximum of 90 credits, including six upper division, may be able to complete the core courses in as little as 12 months.1

The healthcare field not only offers a variety of different career paths, but also promising job growth and opportunities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook estimates job growth for healthcare occupations to be much faster than average from 2022 to 2032, accounting for an estimated increase of 1.8 million job openings in the field per year.2

1 The entire program requires 120 credits.

COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2023, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Healthcare Occupations, retrieved on Oct. 18, 2023.

Retrieved from, Grand Canyon University Rankings in September 2022.

4 Secondary Applicants must transfer a minimum of 60 of the required 123 credits or have completed a baccalaureate degree which includes nine prerequisite courses/labs and 10 general education courses prior to starting the core nursing courses, which can be completed in as few as 16 months. Direct Entry Applicants that do not transfer 60 credits but meet the minimum requirements can complete these credits through GCU prior to starting the core nursing courses. Depending on the state where student has enrolled or intends to complete the program, student may require additional courses. This may include, but is not limited to, additional general education courses, courses in the major, clinical courses, or a different course sequence. See University Policy Handbook.