GCU’s Accelerated Nursing Program in the Phoenix Area

16-Month ABSN Nursing Program in the Phoenix Area from GCU¹

Grand Canyon University’s accelerated BSN (ABSN) program is a fast-paced, full-time accelerated nursing option for aspiring nurses in the Phoenix area. Gain fundamental nursing knowledge, experience hands-on labs and immerse yourself in your clinical rotations while completing your BSN in as little as 16 months.1

With three start dates, online nursing coursework and an accelerated format, our accelerated BSN program in the Phoenix area is the solution to those with a passion for nursing.2

If you have 60 or more college credits or an existing bachelor’s degree, consider building on your previous education to transition into nursing in as little as 16 months. (ABSN requirements may vary by location).1


Registered nurses in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro area have a median annual wage of $80,610 as of May 20203

Why Choose GCU for Your Accelerated BSN Program?

As an ABSN student at GCU, you will prepare to graduate as a job-ready nurse, with best practices learned from a trusted accelerated nursing program in the Phoenix area. Nursing graduates from GCU receive a well-rounded nursing education, with an emphasis on servant leadership and a Christian worldview.

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ABSN Admissions Process

Reach out to one of our ABSN enrollment counselors to help make the admissions process easier. 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.


Phoenix Area ABSN Program at Grand Canyon University

There are several attributes of GCU’s ABSN program in the Phoenix area that will help to optimize your accelerated, accredited nursing experience.4

Complete theory nursing coursework online.2

Earn an exceptional nursing degree in as few as 16 months.1

Get your nursing education from an accredited university.

Apply your previous education toward your nursing degree.

Accelerated BSN Phoenix Area Program FAQs

Explore our frequently asked questions about accelerated programs in Phoenix area to better understand various aspects of your ABSN journey.

To ensure that you are in the best spot academically to be a competitive candidate for an ABSN program, be sure to review the program eligibility requirements. GCU’s accelerated nursing programs in the Phoenix area requires at least 60 college credits completed and a 3.0 cumulative GPA. There are also pre-requisite course GPA requirements to consider.

ABSN programs are a great option for those who want to pursue nursing but have little to no background in the healthcare field. At an accelerated pace, you are able to graduate with your BSN degree, take the NCLEX-RN exam and begin working as an RN sooner than other program options.

GCU’s ABSN program is a hybrid program, and while it is partially online, there are in-person requirements to consider. Students are required to attend in-person labs, clinicals and proctored exams on a regular basis. To be successful in the program, it is recommended that you focus your time and energy toward your nursing studies.

To determine the best time to apply, and to make sure that an ABSN program is the best choice for you, you should first speak with an admissions advisor. Your advisor can review your transcripts, determine your ideal start date and help you move forward in the application process.

If you’re ready to begin your nursing career in the Phoenix area, request more information.

1 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

2 While all courses are completed online, you will need to attend clinical, practicum and immersion hours in person locally.

3 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Registered Nurses 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 and designated areas within the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as Registered Nurses. 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.

4 For more information on the accreditation of nursing programs and other university approvals, please visit our University Accreditation and Regulations page.