Accelerated BSN (ABSN) Degree Program

Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Pre-Licensure, Accelerated (ABSN)Accelerated

Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Earn Your BSN in 16 Months1

Prepare yourself to succeed in the nursing profession as well as contribute to the greater good of society through servant leadership with the 16-month ABSN program at Grand Canyon University (GCU).1 This accelerated BSN program not only supplies healthcare employers with a steady stream of prepared nursing graduates, but also gives qualified individuals increased access to a quality nursing education for a faster transition into the nursing profession.

An Accelerated Nursing Degree for Job-Ready Nurses

GCU’s accelerated BSN program is designed for individuals who have a non-nursing college education but are interested in pursuing a career in nursing. No matter your previous field of undergraduate study, our fast-paced ABSN program builds upon your education by following a logical, effective sequence of coursework, labs and clinical rotations over a 16-month1 time span. While the ABSN curriculum is rigorous and requires dedication and commitment, it also offers a blended learning model to provide a well-rounded educational experience.

As an ABSN degree student, you will complete much of the accelerated nursing curriculum online. You will also attend hands-on nursing skills labs and immersive simulation experiences at our learning sites as well as complete supervised clinical rotations in local healthcare facilities.

Upon your completion of the accelerated BSN program, you’ll be prepared to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®) with confidence and enter the profession as a practice-ready nurse.

Individuals who meet our academic requirements are eligible for our ABSN program.

Nursing Careers for ABSN Degree Graduates

At GCU, our nursing school graduates are among the most sought-after nurses in the industry. Healthcare employers across the country appreciate the emphasis our nursing degree programs put on ethical decision-making, professionalism and servant leadership.

Once you earn your accelerated bachelor’s degree in nursing and pass the NCLEX, you are ready to get your license and practice as a registered nurse (RN). RNs can pursue employment in any number of healthcare settings, including hospitals, emergency rooms, physicians’ offices, schools, birthing centers and public health clinics.2 You can also work with patients across the healthcare continuum or pursue certification to specialize in a specific area of practice, from pediatrics to gerontology.

While hospitals remain the largest employers of nurses, there are plenty of other healthcare facilities in need of qualified nurses. Here are a few alternative work settings for nurses to consider after graduating from our ABSN program:3

  • Outpatient care centers and clinics
  • Patient homes
  • Rehabilitation clinics
  • Jails, juvenile detention centers or prisons
  • Cruise ships
  • Military bases
  • Laboratories
  • Hospice care centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Healthcare consulting firms

 

ABSN Program Requirements and Admission Process

As a candidate, you do not need prior healthcare experience to apply to our accelerated BSN program; however, you do need a non-nursing college education to begin the admissions process. Our accelerated BSN program builds on your non-nursing college education by giving you credit for what you’ve already accomplished as an undergraduate, enabling you to jump right into professional nursing study on the first day of class.

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Admissions requirements may vary by state, so it’s important to talk to one of our qualified admissions counselors to ensure you fulfill all the needed requirements.

Before you can apply to and/or start in our ABSN program, you must have a:

  • Non-nursing bachelor’s degree or minimum of 60 non-nursing college credits from a regionally accredited institution, depending on the ABSN location you’re applying to
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 credit hours completed
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher in the ABSN prerequisite courses
  • Complete the HESI A2 entrance exam within the specified minimum requirements:
    • 80% in Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary
    • 80% in Math
    • 75% in Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pass a Grand Canyon University background check. The background check expires after six months from date ordered. Your admissions counselor can advise you when to complete this step.
  • Obtain a Fingerprint Clearance Card, if required, for the state in which your intended ABSN location resides. Contact your admissions counselor for more information on this requirement.

Our specialized ABSN enrollment counselors help make the admissions process as seamless as possible. Working exclusively with ABSN students, these counselors know the ins and outs of the program and are here to provide personalized support.

Complete the online form on this page and someone from our admissions team will contact you directly. During this initial conversation, the admissions counselor will go over some basic information and schedule your pre-admissions interview.

The pre-admissions interview is an informal phone conversation that allows your admissions counselor to get to know you and what you’re looking for in a nursing education. It’s also an opportunity for you to ask questions about the program. This is an important step in the admissions process because we want to make sure our ABSN program is a good fit for you and vice versa.

Your ABSN counselor will review your unofficial college transcripts and help you come up with a pre-enrollment plan that targets your preferred start date in the program.

Register for and complete the ABSN prerequisite courses within the specified requirements. For added convenience, you can complete these courses online through Grand Canyon University.

Once you’ve satisfied all the admissions requirements, you can start putting together your online application, targeting a program start date in January, May or September. As part of the application process, you’ll also need to submit the following:

  • Official transcripts from each regionally accredited institution attended showing successful completion of the prerequisite and general education courses
  • HESI A2 entrance exam scores

ABSN Prerequisite Courses

To be eligible for the ABSN program, you need a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 in the below prerequisite courses. If you have already completed some of these courses, you must have done so within the last seven years for your credits to be eligible for transfer. Any prerequisites you have not previously completed can be taken online through GCU.

Prerequisites
C or Higher w/in 7 years
GCU Course Code Req.
Introduction to General, Organic and Biochemistry CHM-101 3
Introduction to General, Organic and Biochemistry Lab CHM-101L 1
Human Anatomy and Physiology II BIO-202 3
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab BIO-202L 1
Microbiology BIO-205 3
Microbiology Lab BIO-205L 1
Applied Nutrition BIO-319 4
Applied Pathophysiology BIO-322 4
Lifespan Development PSY-357 4

General Education Courses

In your previous college experience, you’ve probably completed most, if not all, of these general education courses. But if you haven’t, don’t worry. You can complete any of these courses online through GCU.

*Please note: In addition to the general education courses listed below, the following courses are also required, based on location:

  • SOC-102 (for students outside Nevada)
  • PSY-305 (for Nevada students only)

Required General Education Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students opportunities to develop and strengthen skills necessary to enhance the undergraduate experience. It provides positive reinforcement of successful learning strategies and assistance with adaptation to the GCU academic environment.

Course Description

This is a writing-intensive course in writing academic prose, including various types of essays, arguments, and constructions.

Course Description

The course covers mathematics that matter in modern society. Key areas of focus include financial literacy, numerically-based decision making, growth, scale, and numerical applications. The course applies basic college-level mathematics to real-life problems and is appropriate for students whose majors do not require college algebra or higher.

Course Description

This course is the first of a two-course sequence examining the structure and function of the human body and mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis within it. This portion includes the study of cells; tissues; genetics; and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Co-requisite: BIO-201L.

Course Description

This course is a systematic study of human gross anatomy and function. Topics include the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Co-Requisite: BIO-201.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the study of basic probability, descriptive and inferential statistics, and decision making. Emphasis is placed on measures of central tendency and dispersion, correlation, regression, discrete and continuous probability distributions, quality control population parameter estimation, and hypothesis testing. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MAT-134, MAT-144 or MAT-154.

Course Description

A worldview acts like glasses through which one views the world. In this course, students explore the big questions that make up a worldview, questions like “Why are we here?” and “What is my purpose?” Students examine how Christians answer these questions and work on exploring their own worldviews, as well as learning how worldview influences one’s perceptions, decision making, and everyday life.

Course Description

This course introduces the professional standards, regulations, and ethical code that inform the field of nursing. Students learn about scope and standards of practice with particular emphasis on the nurse's role in providing client-centered care as a member of an interdisciplinary health care team. Students also learn skills in therapeutic, interpersonal, and interprofessional communication and examine the relationship of communication and technology to safety and positive client outcomes. Prerequisite: Admission into the nursing program.

Accelerated BSN (ABSN) Degree Program FAQs

Many healthcare employers prefer to hire nursing school graduates who hold a BSN or higher, with many hospitals now requiring their associate degree nurses to go back to school and earn a BSN within a certain timeframe. With a BSN, you can practice in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings as well as pursue certification in any number of specialty areas.

Salary is another reason to consider earning your BSN degree. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses have a median annual wage of $75,330 as of May 2020.4

A BSN also gives you the foundation to pursue a more advanced degree in the future, which can open the door to some of the highest-paying jobs in nursing, such as nurse anesthetist, family nurse practitioner, acute care nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist.

Students who graduate from an ABSN program earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing — the same degree granted by a traditional BSN program. Essentially, an ABSN program is an accelerated education path for students who have completed undergraduate study in a field other than nursing.

Online accelerated nursing courses are rigorous and require self-discipline in the online learning environment. Instructor deadlines still apply, and you’ll want to make sure you account for the fast-paced nature of the program. In-person nursing skills labs at our facilities provide a contextual environment for you to learn and practice the safe, effective application of core clinical skills.

Every nursing school graduate needs to pass the NCLEX before they can be licensed to practice as a registered nurse. Consistently high first-time NCLEX pass rates for a school usually means it provides a quality education that reinforces the type of nursing content presented throughout the exam.

The first step is to speak with an admissions counselor to make sure the ABSN program is the right education path for you. If the program is a good fit and you decide to apply, this counselor will provide you with a high level of personalized support throughout the enrollment process.

Before we can admit you into the program, you must complete nine ABSN prerequisites with a cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.25 or higher. The prerequisites are: Human Anatomy and Physiology II + Lab, Microbiology + Lab, Applied Nutrition, Applied Pathophysiology, Lifespan Development, and Introduction to General, Organic and Biochemistry + Lab. (Note: This does not include the required general education courses.)

Our estimated 16-month ABSN program tuition is $53,550.5 This does not include ancillary program fees.

While you can complete the online coursework from anywhere, you need to be within driving distance of our ABSN site. Students will regularly come to this location to complete their nursing labs and simulations, and proctored exams with expert faculty. Students will also complete their supervised clinicals at designated healthcare facilities near our site.

1Based on location, applicants must transfer a minimum of 60 of the required 123 credits, or have completed a baccalaureate degree, and complete 9 prerequisite courses/labs and 10 general education courses prior to starting the core nursing courses which can be completed in 16 months. An additional prerequisite course is required for students enrolled in Grand Canyon University’s ABSN program in Nevada. For more information on the accreditation of nursing programs and other university licensures, please visit our University Accreditation and Regulations page at gcu.edu/CONHCPAccreditation

2 Retrieved from: Nurse Journal, The 10 Best Places to Work as a Registered Nurse, in May 2022.

3 Retrieved from: Nurse Journal, Where Do Nurses Work? A Breakdown of the Various Job Settings for Nurses in May 2022.

4 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Registered Nurses as of May 2020. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as Registered Nurses. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path.

5 Please be aware that the ABSN tuition is subject to change without notice.

 

TOTAL CREDITS & COURSE LENGTH:
Total Credits: 123
Campus: 15 weeks [More Info]

TRANSFER CREDITS:
Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
TUITION RATE:

Core Course: $850 per credit
Prerequisite Course: $425 per credit

Course List

General Education Requirements:
34-40 credits
Major:
84 credits
Open Elective Credits:
0-5 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
123 credits

General Education Requirements

General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.

Requirements

Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.

Course Options

  • UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
  • UNV-103, University Success: 4
  • UNV-303, University Success: 4
  • UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.

Course Options

  • UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
  • ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
  • ENG-106, English Composition II: 4

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.

Course Options

  • CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
  • CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.

Course Options

  • MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
  • MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
  • PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
  • BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.

Course Options

  • HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
  • PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
  • SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4

Required General Education Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students opportunities to develop and strengthen skills necessary to enhance the undergraduate experience. It provides positive reinforcement of successful learning strategies and assistance with adaptation to the GCU academic environment.

Course Description

This is a writing-intensive course in writing academic prose, including various types of essays, arguments, and constructions.

Course Description

The course covers mathematics that matter in modern society. Key areas of focus include financial literacy, numerically-based decision making, growth, scale, and numerical applications. The course applies basic college-level mathematics to real-life problems and is appropriate for students whose majors do not require college algebra or higher.

Course Description

This course is the first of a two-course sequence examining the structure and function of the human body and mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis within it. This portion includes the study of cells; tissues; genetics; and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Co-requisite: BIO-201L.

Course Description

This course is a systematic study of human gross anatomy and function. Topics include the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Co-Requisite: BIO-201.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the study of basic probability, descriptive and inferential statistics, and decision making. Emphasis is placed on measures of central tendency and dispersion, correlation, regression, discrete and continuous probability distributions, quality control population parameter estimation, and hypothesis testing. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MAT-134, MAT-144 or MAT-154.

Course Description

A worldview acts like glasses through which one views the world. In this course, students explore the big questions that make up a worldview, questions like “Why are we here?” and “What is my purpose?” Students examine how Christians answer these questions and work on exploring their own worldviews, as well as learning how worldview influences one’s perceptions, decision making, and everyday life.

Course Description

This course introduces the professional standards, regulations, and ethical code that inform the field of nursing. Students learn about scope and standards of practice with particular emphasis on the nurse's role in providing client-centered care as a member of an interdisciplinary health care team. Students also learn skills in therapeutic, interpersonal, and interprofessional communication and examine the relationship of communication and technology to safety and positive client outcomes. Prerequisite: Admission into the nursing program.

Core Courses

Course Description

An introduction to the principles of chemistry; designed for students without a strong background in science. Topics covered include a survey of the chemical and physical properties of elements and compounds, chemical reactions, chemical energetics, acids and bases, and chemical bonding. An introduction to organic and biochemistry emphasizes the relationship between molecular structure and function. Co-requisite: CHM-101L.

Course Description

This lab course is designed to compliment and support the principles being addressed in CHM-101. Students learn basic lab techniques related to general and organic chemistry, building upon and strengthening foundational knowledge such as stoichiometry and reaction types. Additionally, some topics are addressed from a biochemical standpoint to highlight application to daily living. Co-requisite: CHM-101.

Course Description

This course is the second of a two-course sequence examining the structure and function of the human body and mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis within it. This portion includes the study of immunity; metabolism; energetics; fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance; and the endocrine, hematologic, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Prerequisites: BIO-201 and BIO-201L. Co-requisite: BIO-202L.

Course Description

This course is a systematic study of human gross anatomy and function. Topics include the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, renal, and reproductive systems. Prerequisites: BIO-201 and BIO-201L. Co-Requisite: BIO-202.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the principles and applications of microbiology and a study of the general characteristics of microorganisms, their activities, and their relationship to humans. Students develop understanding of microbial cell structure and function, microbial genetics, related pathologies, immunity, and other selected applied areas. Co-requisite: BIO-205L.

Course Description

The laboratory section of BIO-205 supports further learning surrounding principles gained in the lecture course. Students develop fundamental skills in microbiological laboratory techniques, microscopy methodologies, and the isolation and identification of pathogenic microorganisms. Co-requisite: BIO-205.

Course Description

This course is designed to bridge the gap between basic preclinical science courses and the clinical requirements of health care professionals. Critical thinking skills are enhanced with case studies that integrate nutritional and pharmacological concepts. Systematic studies focus on the etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations associated with various altered health states and diseases. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to correctly discuss a variety of disease states with health care professionals while addressing the following questions: How does a change in normal physiology cause the signs and symptoms of a given condition or disease? How do these physiological effects correlate to mechanisms of accurate diagnoses? Why is one treatment method chosen over another? How do different systems intricately interrelate to cause a clinical picture? This course does not substitute for BIO-483 or fulfill the Biology major requirement for pathophysiology. Prerequisites: BIO-201 and BIO-202.

Course Description

This course provides a foundation of basic nutrition theory, with a focus on assessment, food components, exercise, nutrition, weight control, community programs, and resources. Application of these aspects is used to promote health and prevent illness.

Course Description

This is a course in developmental psychology with emphasis on the physical, social, cognitive, personality, and moral developments within an individual. The course is designed to provide an understanding of the transitions of life from conception to death.

Course Description

This course introduces the nursing process and focuses on the development of critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills in the application of the nursing process in planning safe, culturally sensitive, client-centered care. Students are introduced to concepts of health and physiologic and psychosocial alterations. The underlying theoretical concepts related to fundamental nursing skills are introduced. Prerequisite: Admission into the nursing program. Co-Requisite: NSG-300C.

Course Description

In this clinical course, students use the nursing process to identify clinical data and assessment findings to plan, prioritize, and implement direct client care in assigned health care settings related to the care of the adult population. Students are expected to integrate principles of cultural awareness, quality and safety, and evidence-based practice in providing holistic, client-centered care. Fundamental nursing skills necessary for providing care are introduced and practiced in laboratory and simulated settings. Clinical hours: 56. Prerequisite: Admission into the nursing program. Co-Requisite: NSG-300.

Course Description

In this course, students use the nursing process to systematically collect, validate, and communicate the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual, lifestyle, and functional assessment data for diverse adult clients. Students demonstrate client-centered interviewing skills and obtaining a health history, along with hands-on assessment techniques through supervised laboratory practice. Prerequisite: Admission into the nursing program.

Course Description

This course introduces basic principles of pharmacotherapy used in health promotion/maintenance and disease prevention for diverse populations across the life span. Students learn principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacogenetics/genomics, and study drug classifications and corresponding mechanisms of action, including pathophysiological effects. Use of the nursing process in developing a comprehensive approach to the clinical application of drug therapy is also discussed. Prerequisite: Admission into the nursing program.

Course Description

This course focuses on nursing care of adult clients. Students demonstrate competency in the advancing role of the professional registered nurse and clinical reasoning to improve client outcomes. Students begin to integrate knowledge of clinical data, pharmacologic concepts, and assessment findings to plan, prioritize, and implement nursing care. Prerequisites: NSG-300, NSG-300C, NSG-310, NSG-316, and NSG-318. Co-Requisite: NSG-320C.

Course Description

In this clinical course, through use of the nursing process, students begin to integrate knowledge of clinical data, pharmacologic concepts, and assessment findings to plan, prioritize, and implement direct care for adults experiencing acute and chronic health disruptions in a variety of health care settings. Students are expected to integrate the principles of cultural awareness, quality and safety, and evidence-based practice in providing holistic, client-centered care. Medical-surgical nursing skills necessary to providing care are introduced and practiced in laboratory and simulated settings. Clinical hours: 132. Prerequisites: NSG-300, NSG-300C, NSG-310, NSG-316, and NSG-318. Co-Requisite: NSG-320.

Course Description

In this course, students utilize the nursing process to provide behavioral health care in community and acute inpatient settings for individuals, families, and community groups. Emphasis is placed on primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of behavioral health care, including pharmacotherapy and nursing interventions for clients in crisis and clients with serious and persistent mental illness. Concepts including therapeutic communication, interdisciplinary collaboration, client-centered coping-skills, and affective skills of critical thinking are integrated with biopsychosocial, spiritual, and cultural aspects of behavioral health nursing practice. Prerequisites: NSG-300, NSG-300C, NSG-310, NSG-316, and NSG-318. Co-Requisite: NSG-322C.

Course Description

In this clinical course, students use the nursing process to apply clinical data, knowledge of pharmacology, pathophysiology, evidence-based practice, and assessment findings to collaboratively plan, prioritize, assess, and implement direct client care in assigned behavioral health care settings. Students have the opportunity to practice therapeutic communication skills. Students are expected to integrate the principles of cultural awareness, quality and safety, and evidence-based practice in providing holistic, client-centered care. Clinical hours: 48. Prerequisites: NSG-300, NSG-300C, NSG-310, NSG-316, and NSG-318. Co-Requisite: NSG-322.

Course Description

In this writing-intensive course, students are introduced to the research process and methodologies using qualitative and quantitative data. Students examine the processes required to integrate evidence into nursing practice. Emphasis is on evaluation and application of scientific evidence affecting nurse-sensitive quality indicators. Students differentiate types and levels of evidence and identify appropriate sources that inform nursing practice. Strategies for implementation, methods of evaluation, and dissemination of research findings are discussed. This course also expands on informatics technology used to support data, information, and knowledge needs in the delivery of nursing and health care. Prerequisites: NSG-300, NSG-300C, NSG-310, NSG-316, and NSG-318.

Course Description

In this course, students synthesize advanced medical-surgical and pharmacologic concepts. Students use the nursing process to manage clients with higher levels of acuity and complex health needs. Prerequisites: NSG-320, NSG-320C, NSG-322, NSG-322C, and NSG-324. Co-Requisite: NSG-430C.

Course Description

In this clinical course, students utilize the nursing process to independently plan, prioritize, implement, and evaluate direct client care for adults with complex health needs. Students are expected to integrate the principles of cultural awareness, quality and safety, and evidence-based practice in providing holistic, client-centered care. Advanced medical-surgical nursing skills necessary for providing care are introduced and practiced in laboratory and simulated settings. Clinical hours: 60. Prerequisites: NSG-320, NSG-320C, NSG-322, NSG-322C, and NSG-324. Co-Requisite: NSG-430.

Course Description

This course introduces nursing concepts related to women’s health, pregnancy, and newborn care. Focus is on health promotion and disease prevention, pharmacologic concepts, ethical and legal aspects, and decision making for childbearing families. Nursing care of the normal and high-risk childbearing family from preconception through the postpartum period is addressed. Emphasis is on promoting positive outcomes during the childbearing phase of family development. Prerequisites: NSG-320, NSG-320C, NSG-322, NSG-322C, and NSG-324. Co-Requisite: NSG-432C.

Course Description

In this clinical course, students use the nursing process to analyze clinical data, knowledge of pharmacology, pathophysiology, evidence-based practice, and assessment findings to collaboratively plan, prioritize, and implement client care in assigned health care settings related to the childbearing family. Students are expected to integrate the principles of cultural awareness, quality and safety, and evidence-based practice in providing holistic, client-centered care. Obstetric nursing skills necessary for providing care are introduced and practiced in laboratory and simulated settings. Clinical hours: 48. Prerequisites: NSG-320, NSG-320C, NSG-322, NSG-322C, and NSG-324. Co-Requisite: NSG-432.

Course Description

This course focuses on theories and concepts of growth and development, cultural influences, ethical issues, and physiological responses related to the nursing care of both the sick and well child. Emphasis is placed on teaching and community resources related to the childrearing family from infancy through adolescence. Prerequisites: NSG-320, NSG-320C, NSG-322, NSG-322C, and NSG-324. Co-Requisite: NSG-434C.

Course Description

In this clinical course, students use the nursing process to analyze clinical data, knowledge of pharmacology, pathophysiology, evidence-based practice, and assessment findings to collaboratively plan, prioritize, and implement client care in assigned health care settings related to the childrearing family. Students are expected to integrate the principles of cultural awareness, quality and safety, and evidence-based practice in providing holistic, client-centered care. Pediatric nursing skills necessary for providing care are introduced and practiced in laboratory and simulated settings. Clinical hours: 48. Prerequisites: NSG-320, NSG-320C, NSG-322, NSG-322C, and NSG-324. Co-Requisite: NSG-434.

Course Description

This course explores nursing leadership, nursing's role in policy advocacy and development, and ethical and legal principles that impact nursing and the provision of health care within a complex health care delivery system. Students examine the influence of the nursing profession on policy and regulation, the financial structure of health care systems, and issues related to improving quality and client outcomes within health care organizations using leadership and management concepts. Students apply ethical and legal principles while evaluating the relationship between law and ethics and its impact on diverse individuals, families, and communities. Prerequisites: NSG-320, NSG-320C, NSG-322, NSG-322C, and NSG-324.

Course Description

This course focuses on the role of the nurse in population-focused health, examining population-based systems, and community, individual, and family-focused population health practice. Emphasis is on addressing issues of overall health improvement, the broad determinants of health, and the elimination of health disparities among vulnerable populations. Students apply epidemiologic concepts and evidence-based research to the study of disease and develop strategies to promote health and prevent disease in diverse communities and populations with an emphasis on community-based assessment and partnership as well as broader population-focused interventions. Prerequisites: NSG-430, NSG-430C, NSG-432, NSG-432C, NSG-434, NSG-434C, and NSG-436. Co-Requisite: NSG-440C.

Course Description

In this clinical course, students apply nursing principles in public and population health related to health promotion and disease prevention for diverse populations in a variety of community settings. Students are expected to integrate the principles of cultural awareness, quality and safety, and evidence-based practice in providing holistic, client-centered care for diverse populations. Clinical hours: 48. Prerequisites: NSG-430, NSG-430C, NSG-432, NSG-432C, NSG-434, NSG-434C, and NSG-436. Co-Requisite: NSG-440.

Course Description

This course focuses on the reinforcement of medical-surgical concepts and career readiness preparation to support students as they transition into the role of the professional registered nurse. Prerequisites: NSG-430, NSG-430C, NSG-432, NSG-432C, NSG-434, NSG-434C, and NSG-436. Co-Requisite: NSG-444C.

Course Description

In this clinical course, students delegate care and integrate the principles of cultural awareness, quality and safety, and evidence-based practice in providing holistic, client-centered care for multiple clients. Advanced medical-surgical nursing skills necessary for providing care are reinforced and practiced in simulated settings. Clinical hours: 120. Prerequisites: NSG-430, NSG-430C, NSG-432, NSG-432C, NSG-434, NSG-434C, and NSG-436. Co-Requisite: NSG-444.

Course Description

This writing-intensive capstone provides students a culminating professional experience synthesizing a clinical change project as a means of improving clinical practice and quality of care. This course assists students as they develop into effective change agents and advocates for improvements and quality care. Theories and concepts from liberal arts education, nursing practice, and PICOT principles are included as students progress through the final development and presentation of a clinical change project. Emphasis is placed on applying evidence-based practice in the clinical setting. Prerequisites: NSG-430, NSG-430C, NSG-432, NSG-432C, NSG-434, NSG-434C, and NSG-436.

Locations

GCU Campus Student


Join Grand Canyon University’s vibrant and growing campus community, with daytime classes designed for traditional students. Immerse yourself in a full undergraduate experience, complete with curriculum designed within the context of our Christian worldview.

* 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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