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RN to BS in Nursing

Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program is designed for prospective students who already hold a diploma or an associate's degree in nursing and wish to further their education and complete a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program at Grand Canyon University is designed for students who wish to complete their bachelor's degree in nursing. Though specific program requirements may vary, applicants should be licensed health care professionals; they also should have earned a bachelor's degree.

Program Description:

Students enrolled in Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) completion program have the opportunity to learn about topics such as healthcare management, clinical patient care, and professional nursing practice and leadership. A bridge course is required at the beginning of enrollment to ensure a smooth transition into the program and the process of learning. Experienced professors provide instruction in their areas of expertise and courses reinforce the ability to apply research, theories, and concepts to the clinical practice of an RN.

Learning Format:

Campus or Online

Total Credits Required:

36 credits

Financial Aid:

Grand Canyon University's students may be eligible for various financial aid options, including federal grants; military aid; and federal, state, and private lending programs. Interested students should complete the FAFSA and will then have the opportunity to work with one of Grand Canyon University's Financial Aid Advisors.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN):

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program. Some courses and programs may not be available at all campuses.

Required Courses

  • HLT 310V: Spirituality in Health Care (3 credits)
  • HLT 362V: Applied Statistics for Health Care Professional (3 credits)
  • NRS 410V: Trends and Issues in Health Care (3 credits)
  • NRS 427V: Concepts in Community and Public Health (3 credits)
  • NRS 429V: Family-Centered Health Promotion (3 credits)
  • NRS 430V: Professional Dynamics (3 credits)
  • NRS 433V: Introduction to Nursing Research (3 credits)
  • NRS 434V: Health Assessment (3 credits)
  • NRS 437V: Ethical Decision Making in Health Care (3 credits)
  • NRS 440V: Pathophysiology and Nursing Management of Client's Health
  • NRS 441V: Professional Capstone Project (3 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Career:

Students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program have a number of different degree options to pursue at the graduate level. Master's degree programs in nursing often build clinical and leadership skills and knowledge needed to thrive in various healthcare organizations. Many of these graduate degree programs require that students complete a minimum number of clinical hours in addition to completing course requirements. The clinical component gives students an opportunity to put into practice some of the knowledge and theories of the nursing field.

Master's degree program options include:

  • Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Clinical Nurse Specialist Specialzation)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Nurse Educator Specialization)
  • Master of Public Health

Career Paths:

Students who graduate from Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program have the chance to secure employment with home health care services, general hospitals, employment services, and private practices. Some registered nurses choose to pursue a credential in areas such as pediatrics, informatics, or ambulatory care in order to broaden their career opportunities. These credentials are available from the National League for Nursing and the American Nursing Credentialing Center. Graduates of GCU's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program who are interested in advanced practice nursing roles are encouraged to research Master of Science in Nursing programs.

Some possible positions for bachelor's degree holders include:

  • Registered nurse
  • Community health advocate
  • Nurse manager
  • Case manager

Grand Canyon University does not guarantee employment or salary.

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