Preparing the next generation of health care's servant leaders is a commitment that is not taken lightly at the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions. Our commitment is evident in the diversity of relevant degree programs offered, an evolving curriculum that keeps up with changing health care roles and instruction that connects theories to the real world, through hands-on practice, lab simulations and much more. Learn more about the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions.

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A Mission to Advance Health Care

The mission of the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions is to develop professionals using systems- and evidence-based practice to promote health, wellness, safety and quality care for individual patients and populations supported by an academically rigorous liberal arts education reflecting Christian values.


Clubs and Organizations

We offer a variety of student-run clubs and professional organizations so that you can get involved and connect with other Lopes who share your interests. Learn more about how the Student Nurses Association, Sports Medicine Club and Nu Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International honor society will help you grow personally and professionally.

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Health & Wellness with Purpose

Keeping up with industry trends, new developments and your college news is easy, with the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions' blog, Health & Wellness with Purpose. Read informative posts from nursing and public health faculty and staff.

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OFE: Connecting Classroom Theory to Real Life Experience

Real-world practice is an important educational component of many of our health care degree programs. The Office of Field Experience (OFE) was established to help you gain valuable opportunities to practice what you have learned in the classroom in a supervised care environment. If your degree program requires a field placement in order to graduate, our staff supports you in setting up an approved preceptor and site to meet the educational requirements of your program.

To learn the guidelines for undergraduate or graduate practicums, all students enrolled in a placement program are required to review these resources:

The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions' and your FES determines if you have met all of the placement requirements necessary to participate in field experience courses. Our field experience counselor can help advance your education by:

  • Ensuring that you understand the nature of the field experience and the expectations involved
  • Approving sites for field experience to ensure they meets practicum standards
  • Confirming you meet the health and safety requirements of the site
  • Assisting you in the practicum or clinical application process, if required
  • Counseling you, as needed
  • Communicating with the field experience instructors as necessary

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Programs that require clinical hours:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Pre-Licensure)
  • Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master of Science in Nursing: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology Certificate
  • Post-Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • Bridge (Master of Science in Nursing: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with an Emphasis in
  • Adult-Gerontology)
  • Bridge (Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner)

Programs that require practicum hours:

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Leadership in Health Care Systems
  • Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health
  • Post-Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Education Certificate
  • Bridge (Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education)
  • Bridge (Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems)
  • Bridge (Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health)

Program with practice immersion hours:

  • RN to BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice


Pre-Licensure BSN Program Requirements

Clinical coursework for nursing programs begins during the junior year. The number of students admitted into the clinical portion of the pre-licensure program is dependent on the availability of clinical spaces and varies each application period. Admission into the program is competitive, and the college stack-ranks prerequisite GPA, programmatic GPA and HESI A2 scores to determine final admissions decisions.

After two secondary application attempts, a student will be ineligible for secondary admission and will be required to select an alternate program. Additionally, admission cannot be guaranteed. Applications that do not meet the minimum requirements by the application deadline will be denied without consideration. For general academic requirements and regulations, view the University Policy Handbook.

Admission Requirements for Clinical Coursework (Effective for Fall 2018 – Summer 2019)

Pre-licensure applicants fulfilling the following requirements by the application deadline for the semester in which they are applying, will be reviewed for secondary acceptance into the clinical portion of the program. Applicants must:

  • Meet or exceed required minimum GPA and HESI A2 entrance exam scores
  • Pass approved GCU background check
  • Submit Level One State of Arizona DPS Finger Print Clearance Card; submission of fingerprints and application required prior to deadline

GPA Requirements:

  • Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher for all prerequisite coursework

AND

  • Achieve a minimum cumulative programmatic GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    (All courses taken under the enrolled program)

Program Major Prerequisite Courses:

CHM-101 with Lab: Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry
BIO-202 with Lab: Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO-205 with Lab: Microbiology
BIO-322: Applied Pathophysiology
BIO-319: Applied Nutrition
PSY-357: Lifespan Development

Required General Education Courses:

UNV-103: University Success
CWV-101: Christian Worldview
ENG-105: English Composition I
ENG-106: English Composition II
MAT-144: College Mathematics
BIO-201 with Lab: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
PSY-102: General Psychology
MAT-274: Probability and Statistics
SOC-102: Principles of Sociology

HESI exam score requirements

Complete the Health Education Systems, Inc (HESI) A2 Admissions Assessment Exam. More information, exam dates and to register, click here.

HESI A2 Minimum Score:

  • 80% in Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary
  • 80% in Math
  • 75% in Human Anatomy and Physiology

Attempts taken less than 45 days apart will be nullified. Students can take the full HESI entrance exam with a maximum of four total attempts over two application periods. Students must take all three required portions in the same sitting in order for the test to meet standards. The college will use the attempt with the highest overall score, providing all subtest scores meet the requirements above. The college will not select the highest subtest scores from different attempts.

Additional admission requirements for the BSN Pre-Licensure program are as follows:

  • Level One State of Arizona Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card. Card will be submitted after acceptance.
  • Pass Grand Canyon University background check (no felonies; misdemeanors will be subject to review by the college). The background check expires six months from the date ordered. GCU recommends ordering one month prior to the secondary application deadline for the semester applying by applying here.
  • All criteria must be completed by the semester deadline(s) specified below: The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions will conduct a review of the student's records to determine acceptance into the BSN Pre-Licensure clinical portion of the program.
Semester Deadline
Spring Sept. 15
Summer Jan. 15
Fall May 15

GCU's pre-licensure program only admits students into the pre-licensure program who are first-time, full-time freshman students at Grand Canyon University (did not attend another college or university before or since enrolling at GCU, excluding any college credits earned while attending high school. Students already registered as a GCU student as of April 6, 2017, will be honored even if they do not meet this requirement).

While GCU may attempt to collect a student's location preference for the didactic portion of the program, GCU's location assignment is final. If a student does not accept the assignment, GCU will offer the position to the next qualified student.

Letters of notification regarding potential admission or denial of admission into the clinical portion of the pre-licensure program are sent approximately one month after the application deadline of the semester applying.

Review the BSN-Pre-Licensure Orientation Guide for more information.

Students must complete all General Education Program Major Prerequisite and Required General Education courses as listed in the Academic Catalog with a passing grade (with the exception of NSG-310, as this course is taken during the clinical portion of the program, if accepted). Failure to complete the aforementioned courses will result in the rescinding of secondary acceptance offer, and students will not be allowed to progress into the clinical portion of the BSN Pre-Licensure program.


Athletic Training Program Requirements

Acceptance into the athletic training program is competitive, and not all students will be admitted into the clinical coursework, which begins in the sophomore year. Acceptance is determined by specific admission criteria and the availability of clinical sites. You must attend mandatory advising meetings prior to applying to the clinical portion of the athletic training program. To learn more about the mission, goals and objectives of the Athletic Training program, please review the Guidelines for Undergraduate Field Experiences.

FAQs and PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Admission Requirements

You must successfully complete the following courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 prior to admission to the program:

  • UNV-103 - University Success
  • ENG-105 - English Composition I
  • ENG-106 - English Composition II
  • MAT-144 - College Mathematics

Prerequisite Courses

  • BIO-201 - Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO-201L - Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
  • BIO-202 - Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BIO-202L - Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
  • ATP-214 - Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries (only accepted from GCU)
  • ATP-214L - Care & Prevention Lab (only accepted from GCU)
  • ATP-256 - Health Promotion and Wellness Protection (only accepted from GCU)

Transfer students: Courses must be approved by GCU before transfer. Speak with your student services counselor for more information.

Complete the following paperwork by March 1, for consideration for admission into the clinical portion of the athletic training program. All information must be completed and submitted electronically through the Student Portal. Selection is determined from prerequisite GPA, programmatic GPA, knowledge of athletic training entrance essay score and ATP entrance exam score.

  • Admission Form
    Complete the form above and submit it to either the Student Portal or atepclinicalforms@gcu.edu
  • Knowledge of Athletic Training Entrance Essay
    Describe your understanding of the profession of athletic training. Why do you want to be a certified athletic trainer? How has your previous work or athletic training experience prepared you for what you perceive to be the responsibilities and challenges of the athletic training profession? What character traits do you possess that you feel allow you to meet the rigorous demands of the clinical portion of the athletic training program? The essay will be scored and the results will be factored in to the admission criteria.
  • ATP Entrance Exam
    Upon submission of the admission form, you will be required to take an entrance exam. The information for the exam will be based on prerequisite coursework and general knowledge of the profession of athletic training. You will be notified of dates and times for the entrance exam via the email address provided on the Admission Form. The results of the exam will be factored in to the admission criteria.

Acceptance Letters
By May 31 - After review of all applicant materials, an acceptance/declination email letter will be sent to all applicants. You must respond within one week to express your intent to continue into the clinical portion of the athletic training program.

In order to meet all CAATE accreditation standards and guidelines, as well as liability and health precautions, all students must complete the following information by August 1 prior to starting their first clinical course in the fall. Failure to do so may result in loss of clinical spot and require reapplication to the program.

  • AzDPS Fingerprint Clearance Card 
    Submit a scanned copy of the card (front and back). You are required to complete the regular application (not an IVP) and check off the box for Health Science Student & Clinical Assistant (ARS 15-1881) for your clinical assignment. It is required for clinical rotation sites and completed through the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AzDPS). This process will take six to eight weeks. You may obtain an application packet from AzDPS by either calling 602-223-2279 or faxing your request to 602-223-2947. When requesting an application packet, make sure you specify that you need the "regular" application packet.
  • Professional Rescuer CPR Certification (current through the academic year)
    Submit a scanned copy (front and back). You must sign up and complete an appropriate Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) course as described on bocatc.org/athletic-trainers. Your ECC certification must include: Adult CPR, Pediatric CPR, Second Rescuer CPR, AED, Airway Obstruction and Barrier Device Training.
    Provider Name Course Title
    American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider
    American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
    American Safety and Health Institute CPR for Professionals
    Emergency Care and Safety Institute Health Care Provider CPR
    Nationsl Safety Council BLS for Health Care and Professional Rescuers
  • First Aid Certification (current through academic year)
    Submit a scanned copy. You must sign up and complete a first aid certification course. Accepted certifications can be acquired from one of the following:
    • American Heart Association
    • American Red Cross
    • American Safety and Health Institute
    • Emergency Care and Safety Institute
    • National Safety Council
  • Technical Standards Agreement
    Submit a scanned copy of the signed and completed form.
  • Health History and Physical Examination
    Submit a scanned copy of the signed and completed form. This examination includes review of immunization or immunity for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and technical standards review.
  • Student Liability Insurance
    Must be renewed annually. You must also submit an electronic copy of your policy in addition to this form. Liability insurance is meant to protect you during clinical rotations. It is not the same as health insurance. There are many places to get liability insurance, including those listed on the form.
  • Athletic Training Student Name Badge
    Complete the form and submit with the appropriate cost to the vendor as listed on the form. Once you have received your name badge, scan a copy and submit through the Student Portal. This process may take up to two weeks.
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination
    You must submit a scanned copy of the form, proving Hepatitis B vaccination, or sign a waiver form declining vaccination.
  • Mandatory Athletic Training Student Orientation
    Orientation is held on campus each fall. You must attend all sessions, including bloodborne pathogen training, communicable disease lecture, HIPAA and FERPA training.