Grand Canyon University Nursing Programs

Grand Canyon University is a top 10 school in the nation for online programs!

Offering both online and campus-based degree programs, GCU emphasizes individual attention for both traditional undergraduate students as well as the working professional. Grand Canyon University's online programs allow you to be in any location, studying at any time of day or night you choose, while still enjoying the close connection with your classmates and instructor via online discussions.

Compete Your BSN in as Few as 16 Months

With no waiting lists, GCU's online RN to BSN has a new class of students starting every two weeks and the campus-based program begins monthly.  The RN to BSN curriculum is 36 credit hours with courses being five weeks long, allowing student to complete the program in just 16 months. Since this program is only available for registered nurses, no clinical component is required.

Grand Canyon University's College of Nursing has a 25-year history of providing outstanding education. Students who plan to become professional registered nurses (RNs) can enter GCU's nursing program as freshmen to begin the pre-requisites or enter the program later with transfer hours. They will earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and be prepared for an exciting nursing career.

Grand Canyon University offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate nursing programs online. The field of nursing is projected to experience a rapid rate of growth over the next decade due to the aging of the baby boomer generation, as well as technological advances in patient care.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of registered nurses employed from 2008 to 2018 is expected to grow by 22%. This means there will be approximately 582,000 new jobs open in the nursing field during this time span, which doesn't include replacing experienced nurses who retire from their current positions.

Because of the extreme growth in this field, it is an excellent time to pursue nursing programs. Choosing a growing and in-demand career field is important; not only because it leads to greater job stability, but because it increases your chances for receiving pay increases. Plus, GCU has accredited nursing programs that teach you about more than just how to become a nurse.

Nationally Accredited Nursing Programs at Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University sets the standard in nursing programs and ensuring that your degree is valuable and recognized, with the following accreditations:

  • GCU, through its College of Nursing, is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing (www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation).
  • Grand Canyon University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. (800-621-7440; http://www.ncahlc.org/)

Accelerate Your Nursing Degree Completion

Grand Canyon's Online Nursing Programs programs are specifically designed to help you obtain your degree in the least amount of time and at the lowest cost possible. For example, you can earn your BSN degree in just 18-months through our accelerated program if you have 90 or more hours of college credit or a baccalaureate degree.

NCLEX-RN Passing Rate

Grand Canyon University's College of Nursing had a 98.48% NCLEX pass rate for the first quarter of 2012. Our students have an exceptional record of success on the NCLEX-RN, the RN licensure examination, so traditionally our graduates have been highly recruited by health care facilities.

Nursing  Job Advantages:
The demand for medical professionals nurses, physicians, health care administrators is growing faster than anyone could have imagined. You can move ahead in this exciting field through our outstanding programs BSN, RN to BSN, MSN, MBA in Health Care Administration, or pre-med. Earn your position as a true professional with your degree from Grand Canyon University!

The College of Nursing is unlike any other in the Southwest. Our exceptional curriculum fuses academic and clinical rigor with Christian values to prepare you as a skilled, caring professional who will excel in meeting the challenges of a rapidly changing health care setting.

Make a Difference: As a result of your degree from GCU's nursing & health care programs, you will impact the lives of others in ways you might never have expected!

Develop Leadership Skills: All of our nursing and healthcare management programs are designed to help you develop your leadership skills from beginning health care positions to a variety of professional levels.

Accelerate Your Degree: Our programs are specifically designed to help you obtain your degree in the least amount of time and at the lowest cost possible. For example, you can earn your BSN degree in just 18-months through our accelerated program if you have 90 or more hours of college credit or a baccalaureate degree.

Our students have an exceptional record of success on the NCLEX-RN, the RN licensure examination, so traditionally our graduates have been highly recruited by health care facilities.

Online Learning Environment

Online programs are offered in a cohort-based model in which students advance together through a sequence of core courses, followed by a choice of area emphases.

Cohort learning provides several advantages to the online learning experience:

  • Develop lasting relationships with cohort members
  • Receive support and encouragement of cohort colleagues
  • Integrate knowledge of business functions across courses
  • Develop knowledge and skills progressively throughout sequence of courses
  • Focus together on one course at a time
  • Know the progression of courses and instruction
  • Plan for date of graduation

Overview of Online Nursing Programs

B.S. in Nursing (Registered Nurse - R.N. to B.S.N)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN). The RN to BSN program is designed for registered nurses with an associate's degree or diploma in nursing. The format and courses of the regionally accredited program are tailored to meet the needs of the adult learner RN, and to maximize strengths that the working RN possesses. A bridge course facilitates the transition of the working RN into the baccalaureate program. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of clinical patient care, health care management, and professional nursing practice and leadership. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research in the RN’s clinical practice. Both the science and art of nursing are integral components of the program and are woven throughout. The curriculum covers nurse competencies, management and leadership, health assessment, statistics, research, trends and issues, ethical decision-making, family-centered health, public health, and spirituality in health care. In addition, the student’s learning will culminate in project proposal to resolve and issue or problem in the nursing practice. Graduates of the program are prepared to become effective leaders in the nursing profession.

M.B.A. and M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge)

The Bridge to Master of Science in Nursing program is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor's degree in health sciences or other related fields. The program is intended to meet the needs of adult learners who already posses a bachelor’s degree and an RN license who desire to pursue a graduate degree in nursing. Courses in the bridge program are a blending of RN to BSN core courses that are considered essential requisites to graduate study. Upon completion of bridge courses from the BSN core, students enter one of five emphases offered for the Master of Science in Nursing or the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (Dual-Degree)

M.B.A. and M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (dual degree)

Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (Dual-Degree). In today's complex health care environments, more and more management-level nursing positions require a graduate or advanced degree. This current and comprehensive degree program equips students for management and leadership in today’s challenging health care settings. The program provides students with an opportunity to develop cross-functional business management skills, preparing business practitioners for advanced management and executive positions combined with specialized study in leadership theory and application. The curriculum combines core business courses in areas such as accounting, finance, marketing, management and leadership with a special focus on nursing roles and practice, health care research, ethics, policy and finance in the health care system. In addition, a capstone course provides an opportunity for students to develop an evidence-based project proposal addressing a problem or issue in professional practice. Graduates of this program are equipped to excel as effective managers and leaders in a health care setting, including roles such as assistant director, director, vice president, or chief of nursing.

Health Care Systems (Bridge)

Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge). This program is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor's degree in health sciences or other related fields who desire to pursue a graduate degree in nursing. Courses in the bridge program are a blending of RN to BSN core courses that are considered essential requisites to graduate study. Upon completion of bridge course from the BSN core, students enter one of five emphases offered for the Master of Science in Nursing. The Leadership in Health Care Systems emphasis provides the knowledge, values, and skills needed for advanced generalist practice in an evolving health care system. The coursework in leadership provides an overview of leadership styles and the functioning of organizations with an emphasis on communication skills required to establish and maintain effective relationships. Courses include exploration of nursing theory, roles, and practice, as well as research, ethics, policy and finance in the health care system. In addition, a capstone course provides an opportunity for students to develop an evidence-based project proposal addressing a problem or issue in professional practice. Graduates of this program are equipped to excel as effective managers and leaders in a health care setting, including roles such as assistant director, director, vice president, or chief of nursing.

M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Education (Bridge)

Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Education (Bridge). This program is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor's degree in health sciences or other related fields who desire to pursue a graduate degree in nursing. Courses in the bridge program are a blending of RN to BSN core courses that are considered essential requisites to graduate study. Upon completion of bridge course from the BSN core, students enter one of five emphases offered for the Master of Science in Nursing. The Nursing Education emphasis prepares students for a variety of roles in nursing education, either as clinical educators or academic educators in both traditional and nontraditional settings in nursing education. Graduates are prepared to assess educational needs, plan programs to meet those needs, and evaluate the outcomes of their programs. The curriculum includes an in-depth examination of nursing theory, roles and practice; research, ethics, policy and finance in the health care system; and pathophysiology, pharmacology and health assessment for nurse educators. In addition, curriculum design and technology for nursing education is explored. A capstone course provides an opportunity for students to develop an evidence-based project proposal that addresses a problem or issue in professional practice. Graduates of this program will possess the knowledge and skills needed to successfully teach nursing in a wide variety of settings.

M.S. in Nursing: Health Care Informatics

Health care informatics is a rapidly emerging discipline that offers new frontiers requiring innovative leadership. As health care reform begins to impact all areas of the health care system, greater attention is being focused on the value of health informatics in reducing health care costs, increasing access to health care, and improving the quality of health care services. Health care informatics is quickly becoming vital to the growth and security of the United States' health care system. The integration of information technology into health care and the continuous changes in patient-care systems require professionals and leaders with training in clinical operations, data management systems, health care system operations, project management, decision making, and quality assessment. Graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Health Care Informatics program may perform a variety of functions for the organization, such as automating clinical care, building new operational data systems, training health care workers in the use of computer systems, collecting and analyzing data to improve patient care, etc. Depending on their areas of strength and focus, graduates may serve as project managers, project designers, researchers, systems analysts, or administrators and executives at all levels of the organization. Graduates may work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, primary care facilities, doctor’s offices, insurance companies, pharmacies, technology suppliers, consulting firms, and more. Potential employers for graduates of this program include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, clinical data exchange insurance sites, the government's Military Health System (hospitals), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, state health care organizations, and informational technology vendors.

M.S. in Nursing: Health Care Informatics (Bridge)

The Bridge to Master of Science in Nursing program is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences or other related fields. The program is intended to meet the needs of adult learners who already posses a bachelor’s degree and an RN license who desire to pursue a graduate degree in nursing. Courses in the bridge program are a blending of RN to BSN core courses that are considered essential requisites to graduate study. Upon completion of bridge courses from the BSN core, students enter one of five emphases offered for the Master of Science in Nursing or the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (Dual-Degree)

M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Education

Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education. This specialized degree program prepares advanced-professional nurses to address the ever changing and expanding educational needs of the nursing profession. The program is designed for those students in the Master of Science in Nursing program who are interested in pursuing or advancing in a position in nursing education. The program prepares students for a variety of roles in nursing education, either as clinical educators or academic educators in both traditional and nontraditional settings in nursing education. Graduates are prepared to assess educational needs, plan programs to meet those needs, and evaluate the outcomes of their programs. The curriculum includes an in-depth examination of nursing theory, roles and practice; research, ethics, policy and finance in the health care system; and pathophysiology, pharmacology and health assessment for nurse educators. In addition, curriculum design and technology for nursing education is explored. A capstone course provides an opportunity for students to develop an evidence-based project proposal that addresses a problem or issue in professional practice. Graduates of this program will possess the knowledge and skills needed to successfully teach nursing in a wide variety of settings. A post-master's certificate program is available to those nurses who already have a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S. or M.S.N.) degree.

M.S. in Nursing: Public Health

The demand for public health professionals is rapidly increasing as a result of health care reform, environmental health concerns, emerging and re-emerging diseases, sociopolitical factors affecting our nation's health, and expansion of health issues that are global in scope. Professionals who graduate from the Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health program may hold positions of responsibility in a variety of settings, including health care facilities, county and state health departments, social service agencies, health policy and planning organizations, universities, nongovernmental organizations, governmental agencies, international health organizations, community-based health education and health promotion settings, and the corporate world. Graduates of Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health program can be actively involved in the coordination, planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of health programs and services. The Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health program is designed for nurses interested in disease prevention and community health. Public health professionals draw on knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines to define, assess, and ultimately resolve public health problems. Students study theories, concepts, and principles of public health and their application. The curriculum, developed around the nursing core and national public health curriculum standards, uses a multidisciplinary approach that emphasizes psychological, behavioral, and social factors influencing population-based health disparities; principles of epidemiology and biostatistics; environmental public health concepts; public health administration systems and processes; and economic factors. It prepares students for an expanding range of professional opportunities and roles in public health and nursing. The Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health program culminates with a practicum and capstone project that students are able to design to best fit their area of specific interest.

M.S. in Nursing: Public Health (Bridge)

The Bridge to Master of Science in Nursing program is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor's degree in health sciences or other related fields. The program is intended to meet the needs of adult learners who already posses a bachelor’s degree and an RN license who desire to pursue a graduate degree in nursing. Courses in the bridge program are a blending of RN to BSN core courses that are considered essential requisites to graduate study. Upon completion of bridge courses from the BSN core, students enter one of eight emphases offered for the Master of Science in Nursing or the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (Dual-Degree).

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  • http://www.gcu.edu/College-of-Nursing-and-Health-Care-Professions/Nursing-Programs/BSN-in-Nursing.php
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