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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 can prepare graduates to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Graduates that successfully pass the NCLEX-RN 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 across the United States. 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 per year: 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 labs, immersive simulation suites and clinical rotations. Over the course of the program, you will complete clinical hours at 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 all 60 credits of pre-nursing coursework applied to the program
  • A 3.25 minimum cumulative GPA for ABSN prerequisite courses
  • Achieve minumum required scores for the HESI A2 entrance exam
  • Pass a background check
  • If applicable, submit a fingerprint clearance card for the state in which your intended ABSN satellite location resides. Students should contact their university counselor or student services counselor for more information on this requirement
  • Complete all required general education and prerequisite coursework

The above requirements must be met by all ABSN applicants.

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. If you haven’t completed any of these courses yet, don’t worry, you can complete any of these courses online through GCU.

CCNE and SSH Accreditation

For more information on the accreditation of nursing programs and other university approvals, please visit GCU’s University Accreditation and Regulations page.

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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