Program Details

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Care Professions
Next Start Date: Jan 29, 2018
Program Now Enrolling
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 120
Online: 5 weeks [ More Info ]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $470 per credit. [ More Info ]
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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

If you are a registered nurse with an associate degree, diploma or certification (international nurses only), who wants to attain additional professional practice and healthcare theory knowledge, Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) RN to BSN online program may be what you are looking for. The format and courses of the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions’ BSN are tailored to meet the needs of the RN adult learner and to maximize the strengths that the working RN possesses.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree courses are taught by practicing nurses and experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of clinical patient care, healthcare management and professional nursing practice and leadership. The BSN coursework helps you gain a comprehensive view of patient care principles to help you strengthen your ability to care for patients, take on more responsibilities in a hospital or healthcare organization or prepare to move on to a master’s degree program.

The BSN and MSN at GCU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Select states may have additional requirements to meet their standards; reference your enrollment agreement or contact GCU for more information. GCU’s accredited program is aligned to standards established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Degree Outcomes

Enroll in an Accredited, AACN-Aligned Curriculum

GCU’s accredited RN to BSN online program focuses on the application of clinical reasoning, research, evidence-based practice, collaboration and leadership. As a student in the RN to BSN program, you explore effective communication strategies demonstrated through inter-professional practices, critical thinking, ethical decision-making, spirituality in healthcare, nursing management and servant leadership.

You have the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of concepts through experiential learning and indirect practice immersion experiences that foster opportunities in disease prevention, quality improvement, information management and leadership development. Professional practice experiences take place in a capstone/practicum course under the supervision of an approved mentor and course faculty.

What You Will Learn

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

The clinical and healthcare principles you learn in this BSN program include:

  • Family-centered health promotion issues
  • Methods of taking health history, documentation, physical examinations and screenings
  • Applied statistics for healthcare, including analysis of variance, regression, sampling methods and more
  • Critical review of research studies and their applications to clinical practice
  • Nursing leadership and development
  • The impact of societal and profession forces on healthcare

Career Outcomes

Choose an Education that Gives You Greater Options

Upon graduation from the accredited RN to BSN program, you will have been exposed to knowledge that can help you become a leader in the nursing profession, filling roles such as a charge nurse, nurse manager, unit supervisor, division nurse leader, director of nursing for a facility or patient educator.

Nurses with BSN’s are found in a variety of settings, including hospitals, ambulatory care centers, health service organizations, community care settings, long-term and rehabilitative settings. They are also in case management, private homes and public health. You may also choose to continue your education in GCU’s Master of Science in Nursing program or move into public health.

Course List

The programs offered at Grand Canyon University may vary by content and course length. You are currently viewing the program version available in Arizona. For information about specific course content, credit length and VA approval in your state, please contact a counselor at 1-855-GCU-LOPE or click here to request more information.
General Education Requirements:
6-8 credits
36 credits
Open Elective Credits:
76-78 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
120 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is a bridge course for the RN who is returning to formal education for the baccalaureate degree in nursing. The course focuses on differentiated nursing practice competencies, nursing conceptual models, professional accountability, integrating spirituality into practice, group dynamics, and critical thinking. Emphasis is also placed on writing and oral presentation skills.

Course Description

This course focuses on family theories, health promotion models, cultural diversity, and teaching learning principles. The course emphasizes the family as the client, family FHP health assessments, screenings across the lifespan, communication, community resources, and family education. Appropriate health promotion education is evaluated against evidence-based research and practice.

Course Description

This course focuses on methods of health history taking, physical examination skills, documentation, and health screening. The course emphasizes the individual as the client, functional health patterns, community resources, and the teaching learning process.

Course Description

This course focuses on the community as a large system of people of varying cultures, spiritual values, geographic norms, and economic conditions, all influenced by social-legal-political variables that impact individual and community health. Particular attention is paid to vulnerable subgroups in the community. Emphasis is placed on critical analysis, using epidemiological data and functional health pattern assessments to plan and intervene in areas of health promotion and disease prevention.

Course Description

This introductory course on statistical concepts emphasizes applications to health care professions. The course is designed to prepare students to interpret and evaluate statistics and statistical methods used in published research papers and to make decisions about the appropriateness of specific statistical methods in a variety of settings. Areas of emphasis include introduction to analysis of variance, regression, and graphical presentation; experimental design; descriptive statistics; sampling methods; and z, t, and chi-square.

Course Description

This writing intensive course promotes the use of research findings as a basis for improving clinical practice. Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are presented. Emphasis is on the critical review of research studies and their applications to clinical practice. An overview of evidence-based practice is provided. Prerequisite: HLT-362V.

Course Description

This course introduces a Christian foundation for spiritual assessment and care with specific emphasis on biomedical ethical principles and ethical decision making within nursing practice. Students practice assessment and propose holistic interventions that take into account the dignity of the human person. These assessments and interventions contribute to the physical and spiritual well-being of individuals across the life span and the health-illness continuum.

Course Description

Registered nurses with current licensure have a basic understanding of the role of the professional nurse. This course emphasizes further development of the professional nurse role. Critical management and leadership values, styles, and skills are a major focus. Particular attention is given to the identification of personal leadership styles and values. Importance is placed on development of effective management and leadership skills, with emphasis on effective communication.

Course Description

This course is designed to enhance the working RN’s existing understanding of the pathophysiological processes of disease as they affect clients across the lifespan. The interrelationship of structural and functional reactions of cells and tissues to genetic alterations and injurious agents provide the foundation for comprehending clinical manifestations and treatment protocols. Critical thinking and nursing management are enhanced through the use of case studies that integrate nutritional and pharmacological concepts. The understanding of environmental and biological risk factors provides the nurse with the knowledge to provide health promotion and prevention education.

Course Description

This course explores the impact of numerous professional and societal forces on health care policy and practice. Content includes an analysis of current studies; nursing care policy and position statements; political, environmental, and cultural issues; and changing nursing roles. The study of these issues examines the impact on health care delivery systems in today’s society.

Course Description

This is a writing intensive course. The professional capstone practicum project offers students the opportunity to propose a resolution to an issue or problem significant to nursing practice within a clinical environment. Students identify, design, and propose an evidence-based solution within a health care organization with guidance from faculty and a preceptor in the field. The proposal must reflect synthesis and integration of course content and professional practice. Development of the capstone project is guided by the baccalaureate program student learning outcomes. Practice immersion hours: 100. Prerequisites: NRS-430V, NRS-429VN, NRS-434VN, NRS-427VN, NRS-433V, PHI-413V, NRS-451VN, NRS-410V, and NRS-440VN.

Program Locations



Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

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

* The Department of Education defines how an institution must calculate a program's On-Time Completion rate for federal disclosure purposes. The On-Time Completion rate is based on a program's published required number of months to complete all degree requirements as provided in the institution's catalog. Completion statistics are updated every January and are based on the cohort of students who started the program in the same year and then graduated within the published program length.

Online and Evening program disclosures (42 months)

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.