Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University’s BSN Programs

Grand Canyon University is a private Christian University that offers both traditional and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs. On their main campus in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona, it offers a traditional four-year BSN program. The Accelerated BSN program, on the other hand, is offered at four learning site locations, two of which are also in Arizona with one in West Phoenix and the other in Tucson. Their other two locations are out of state in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

GCU’s ABSN program can be completed in as few as 16 months* and has three start dates in Spring, Summer, and Fall. No matter when you decide to apply, you won’t have to wait long to submit your application and get started with the program.

The 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 with some of the best healthcare providers in the surrounding areas.

Graduates are prepared to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Graduates that successfully pass the NCLEX may then begin their career in nursing.

Admissions Requirements

All GCU ABSN site locations require applicants to hold a bachelor’s degree in any field or at least 60 non-nursing college credits.

Regardless of location, applicants are also required to fit a number of other qualifications 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, meeting the target scores for the HESI A2 entrance exam, passing a background check, and submitting a fingerprint clearance card are required of all applicants.


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 Grand Canyon University 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.

Ready to Begin Your Nursing Journey?

If you are interested in GCU’s ABSN program, please complete the form to have an admissions counselor contact you.

*Based on location, applicants must transfer a minimum of 60 of the required 123 credits, or have completed a baccalaureate degree, and complete 9 prerequisite courses/labs and 10 general education courses prior to starting the core nursing courses which can be completed in 16 months. An additional prerequisite course is required for students enrolled in Grand Canyon University’s ABSN program in Nevada. For more information on the accreditation of nursing programs and other university licensures, please visit our University Accreditation and Regulations page at © 2022 Grand Canyon University.

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