RN to BSN Degree

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Complete RN to BSN core courses in 14 months.¹

The 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 

Earn Your RN to BSN Degree in 14 Months1

There has never been a better time than now to enroll in an online RN to BSN program. Explore just a few of the many reasons to choose GCU’s accredited RN to BSN degree online and evening program:

  • Get Your RN-BSN
    Complete RN to BSN core coursework in 14 months.1
  • 5-Week Classes
    With most classes being five weeks long, this helps you accelerate your degree completion.
  • Online Courses
    All theory courses are offered online. Complete required practicum hours in a clinical setting of your choice in your local community.
  • 90 Credits Transfer
    Our free, unofficial Lopes Credit Evaluation will transfer all applicable credit.2

If you are a registered nurse (RN) with an associate degree or diploma certificate in nursing, Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) online program can prepare you for expanding professional roles in the healthcare system of tomorrow.

Obtaining your RN to BSN degree will position you to broaden your understanding of best practices in nursing, prepare you for graduate study and equip you for leadership positions in which increasing levels of education are expected.

GCU’s RN to BSN online degree program is tailored to meet the needs of the RN adult learner and to maximize the strengths that the working RN already possesses. Our university counselors provide an upfront time to completion, and our net price calculator tools provide you with a general estimation of the cost of attendance.

Gain Valuable Experience for an RN to BSN Degree

In your BSN courses, you will receive instruction from practicing nurses and experts in the field who will share their knowledge and experience in the areas of clinical patient care, healthcare management, professional development in nursing practice and leadership. You will gain valuable experience through hands-on and academic course curriculum that can be directly applied to a nursing job post-graduation.

Why Earn Your RN to BSN Online at GCU?

Explore just a few of the many reasons to choose GCU’s accredited RN to BSN online program:2

  • Prepare to Lead in Today’s Healthcare Field: Several studies provided by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing have found nurses with a BSN degree are well-prepared to meet today’s healthcare demands. BSN nurses are also prized by many entities for their skills in critical thinking, leadership and case management, and for their ability to practice across a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings.4
  • Increase Your Opportunities to Work in Magnet Hospitals: Launched in the 1990s by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Magnet Recognition Program identifies hospitals committed to excellence in healthcare for both patients and nurses.5 Many Magnet hospitals seek BSN-prepared nurses to staff a majority of their nursing positions.

High-Quality Service

The RN to BSN program at GCU is ideal for busy adult learners, with a one-course-at-a-time design that allows you to continue working while completing your core courses in 14 months.1 Our program is different than competency-based programs; you won’t be required to take multiple courses simultaneously or proctored exams.

While completing your online RN to BSN program,3 you’ll become a part of our exceptional online learning community at GCU. With this comes various resources and a dedicated counseling team to aid you in your online learning journey. 

BSN Careers

Nurses with a BSN apply their advanced knowledge and skills to gain opportunities of career advancement, a variety of workplace options and the chance to grow and develop in a dynamic, rewarding field. This degree is valuable for those seeking:

  • Job Opportunities: According to a recent survey by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 77.4% of employers express a strong preference for BSN program graduates, while 40.6% of hospitals and other healthcare settings are requiring new hires to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing.6
  • Career Advancement: The knowledge that you gain in this program will prepare you for positions that include team leader, clinical manager and unit supervisor. More and more clinical nursing positions require a BSN degree. Get ahead of the curve while opening doors to opportunities in different nursing disciplines.
  • Workplace Options: Depending on your area of interest, you will be prepared to work in hospitals, ambulatory care centers, health service organizations or rehabilitative settings. Ultimately, the knowledge you gain in an RN to BSN online degree program will equip you to pursue a career you are passionate about.3


GCU is fully accredited from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). For more information on the accreditation of nursing programs and other university licensures, please visit our Nursing Accreditation and Regulations page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the core courses are five weeks in length. The 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 clinical and healthcare principles you learn in a BSN program include:

  • Health promotion for the family, wellness education, and cultural diversity
  • Physical assessment across the lifespan 
  • Concepts of statistical analysis for healthcare including experimental design and sampling methods
  • Critical appraisal of the research literature and application of evidence in nursing practice
  • Nursing leadership and management, effective communication and interdisciplinary collaboration

GCU's RN to BSN degree program is designed to allow you to continue working as a nurse while you are enrolled in the online or evening program.3 This way, you can further your education without sacrificing your career.

In addition, if you have a busy work schedule, enrolling in an online program may be a great option for you. GCU’s online programs give you the convenience and flexibility needed to get ahead, while ensuring you receive a quality education.

Students enrolled in the RN-BSN program at GCU receive exposure to community and public health content in their Concepts in Community and Public Health course and have an opportunity to apply their learning by way of a community teaching project. Students seeking public health nurse certification in the state of California (CA) have the option to enroll in an additional course that meets the requirements of CA certification. Students are encouraged to contact their individual boards of nursing to obtain specific information regarding additional content and clinical requirements to obtain community/public health certification in their state.

This degree can prepare students for a variety of career paths in nursing. Graduates will be equipped to take their knowledge and skills beyond the bedside. Graduates can become clinical nurse educators, unit supervisors, care coordinators, nurse navigators and clinical instructors. Graduates may also transition into leadership positions within the healthcare system. The critical thinking skills, knowledge of evidence-based practices and exposure to research principles gained in this program are valuable and applicable in many nursing roles.

1 The entire program requires 120 credits.

2 Service offered on business days only.

3Take most classes 100% online (clinical, practicum and immersion hours completed locally).

4Retrieved from American Association of Colleges of Nursing, “The Impact of Education on Nursing
,” in April 2019.

5 Retrieved from Wolters Kluwer, History of the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program, in October 2022 

6Retrieved from American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Employment of New Nurse Graduates and Employer Preferences for Baccalaureate-Prepared Nurses, in October 2022.

Course List

* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.

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