Program Details

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Pre-Licensure)

Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Care Professions
Next Start Date: Jan 8, 2018
Program Now Enrolling
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 123
Campus: 15 weeks
Transfer Credits:
Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
Program Tuition Rate:
Campus: $8,250 per semester. [ More Info ]
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Overview

Make a Difference in Quality Healthcare as a BSN-Prepared Nurse

Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Pre-Licensure degree prepares the graduate to practice as a registered nurse generalist for clients across the lifespan as a member of the healthcare team in a variety of settings. The BSN program prepares students to provide evidence-based, holistic, safe, quality care for culturally and spiritually diverse individuals, families, communities and populations. Program emphasis includes clinical nursing practice, hands-on experiences across the continuum of care, health promotion and maintenance, the use of innovative technologies and preparation for assuming leadership roles as a registered nurse.

Acceptance into the nursing clinical program is competitive based on stacked rankings of composite scores which includes the required pre-requisite GPA and minimum HESI scores detailed in the University Policy Handbook.

As part of the nursing clinical program, you have an opportunity for hands-on experiences with clients and families across the continuum of care. You will also complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Evidence-Based Project Capstone course where you will apply nursing concepts and current literature into improving practice safety and quality, developing you into an effective change agent and advocate for well-informed health care.

High-achieving students will have the opportunity to apply for the Transition to Practice (TTP) Nurse Residency program prior to the last semester. If selected for this competitive clinical residency program, you will participate in a one-to-one student-preceptor relationship with a host agency. The TTP program is designed to augment practice readiness of the newly licensed registered nurse.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice 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.

Professional Standards

The BSN Pre-Licensure program is built to meet standards set by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN): The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice; the Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) Project: Competencies; the Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2010: The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health; and the American Nursing Association (ANA) Scope and Standards of Practice.

Degree Outcomes

Sharpen Your Patient Care Skills with a CCNE-Accredited Program

The pre-licensure nursing program teaches you comprehensive patient care and prepares you as a nurse generalist to take the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. Our pre-licensure BSN coursework prepares you to think critically, communicate clearly and practice nursing ethically in a diverse world. You will learn to integrate Christian values to help you establish a foundation of caring and service to others.

What You Will Learn

Build Your Skills Through Practice

This pre-licensure nursing program’s curriculum aligns with nursing best practices and the NCLEX-RN test plan.

Pre-licensure nursing course topics include:

  • Health assessment
  • Nursing pharmacology
  • Informatics
  • Research and evidence-based practice
  • Leadership, ethics and policy in healthcare
  • Population health

Specific areas of nursing theory pair with clinical experiences across the lifespan. These courses include:

  • Introduction to Nursing and Gerontology
  • Adult Health Nursing
  • Mental Health Across the Lifespan
  • Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family

In addition to developing skills to care for patients across the lifespan, you will also learn the professional RN’s role and responsibilities in accordance with nursing standards and guidelines. For a complete list and description of courses, including prerequisites, see the Course List below.

Career Outcomes

Prepare to Pass the NCLEX-RN

As a BS in nursing graduate, you will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN. Obtaining an RN license allows you to work as a licensed registered nurse (RN) in the state of licensure. BSN education adds leadership, research and population health to enhance the care your patients receive and your ability to expand your career opportunities. This pre-licensure nursing program also prepares you to continue your education and earn a master’s degree in nursing.

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:
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 credits
  • UNV-103, University Success: 4 credits
  • UNV-303, University Success: 4 credits
  • UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4 credits

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 credits
  • ENG-105, English Composition I: 4 credits
  • ENG-106, English Composition II: 4 credits

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 credits
  • CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4 credits

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 credits
  • MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4 credits
  • PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4 credits
  • MAT-134, Applications of Algebra: 4 credits
  • BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4 credits

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, crosscultural 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 credits
  • PSY-100, Psychology in Everyday Life: 4 credits
  • SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4 credits

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 explores various types of research writing, with a focus on constructing essays, arguments, and research reports based on primary and secondary sources. A writing intensive course. Prerequisite: ENG-105.

Course Description

This foundation course in the science of behavior includes an overview of the history of psychology, the brain, motivation, emotion, sensory functions, perception, intelligence, gender and sexuality, social psychology, human development, learning psychopathology, and therapy.

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 presents a survey of the concepts, theories, and methods used by sociologists to describe and explain the effects of social structure on human behavior. It emphasizes the understanding and use of the sociological perspective in 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.

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: 52. 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: 36. 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: 36. 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: 40. 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.

Program Locations

Campus

Campus

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. New modern classrooms, suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, resort-style swimming pools and a focus on creating a dynamic student life make GCU a top choice for high school graduates and transfer students. Exciting events, well-known guest speakers and Division I athletics round out the traditional student experience. Our welcoming campus community is the perfect place to find your purpose.

* 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.


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On-campus program disclosures (48 months)

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