Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University’s BSN Programs

Grand Canyon University (GCU) is a private, Christian university that offers both traditional and accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs. On its main campus in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona, it offers a traditional four-year BSN program.

Both the traditional and accelerated BSN programs prepare graduates to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Graduates that successfully pass the NCLEX may then begin their career working as a registered nurse (RN).

Choose Your ABSN Program Location

The accelerated BSN program is offered at various learning sites in Arizona, Nevada and Utah. However, GCU’s ABSN program is always looking for more opportunities to expand into additional locations.

The ABSN program at GCU can be completed in as little as 16 months and offers three start dates; one in spring, summer and fall.* No matter when you apply, you won’t have to wait long to submit your application and get started with the program.

GCU’s ABSN program consists of online coursework, on-site nursing skills and simulation labs and clinical rotations. Over the course of the program, you will complete a state board-required number of clinical hours at some of the best healthcare providers in the surrounding areas.

ABSN Admissions Requirements

All GCU ABSN site locations require applicants to hold a bachelor’s degree in any field or have at least 60 non-nursing college credits. Regardless of location, applicants must also meet the following requirements to be eligible for the program:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 credit hours completed
  • A 3.25 minimum GPA for ABSN prerequisite courses
  • Meet the target scores for the HESI A2 entrance exam
  • Pass a background check
  • Submit a fingerprint clearance card

The above requirements must be met by all ABSN applications.

Earn or Transfer Your ABSN Prerequisites

You can view the ABSN program prerequisite course requirements on the GCU ABSN page. Students who have already completed some of the required pre-req courses within the last seven years may be able to transfer them into the ABSN program.

CCNE and SSH Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree programs in nursing, the master’s degree programs in nursing, the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and the post-graduate APRN certificate programs at GCU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The Grand Canyon University Pre-Licensure Nursing Immersive Simulation has been granted Provisional Accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). The SSH accreditation is a peer-reviewed, customized evaluation of the simulation program. With obtaining accreditation, GCU is recognized for its expertise in simulation above and beyond domain expertise.

Begin Your Nursing Journey?

If you are ready to begin your nursing journey, consider enrolling in GCU’s ABSN program. Complete the form on your page to get in contact with a dedicated university counselor.

*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.

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