Grand Canyon University | Nursing Degree Programs

Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit Christian university in Phoenix, Arizona. Based on student enrollment, Grand Canyon University was the largest Christian university in the world in 2018, with 20,000 attending students on campus and 70,000 online.

The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions has a nearly 35-year tradition of preparing students to fill evolving healthcare roles as highly qualified professionals educated in direct care, management, health education and administration. Grand Canyon University’s (GCU’s) College of Nursing and Health Care Professions’ online nursing programs were ranked the third most popular online nursing program nationwide in 2021 and they help prepare tomorrow’s healthcare leaders.

Part of why GCU’s online nursing program ranked among top three most popular nationwide in 2021* is because GCU offers a wide range of programs. Options range from both pre-licensure and post licensure BSN nursing programs, bridge pathways to BSN or MSN, as well as a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).


If you are a registered nurse with an associate degree or diploma certificate in nursing, Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) online program can prepare you for expanding professional roles in the healthcare system of tomorrow.

Obtaining your RN to BSN degree will position you to broaden your understanding of best practices in nursing, prepare you for graduate study and equip you for leadership positions in which increasing levels of education are expected.


GCU offers a wide variety of Master’s level programs for the advanced-minded nurse. Their degree pathways include:

  • Master of Science in Health Administration
  • Master of Science in Health Administration with an Emphasis in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety
  • Master’s In Health Informatics Degree
  • Master of Science in Nursing in Health Care Quality & Patient Safety
  • Master of Science Nursing (MSN) in Health Informatics
  • MSN Healthcare Systems Leadership and Management Program
  • Master of Science Nursing (MSN) in Nursing Education
  • MSN in Public Health Degree
  • Master of Science Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN FNP)


The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is a uniquely practice-focused program, compared to the PhD in nursing, which is research-oriented. Grand Canyon University’s DNP degree is ideal for nurse leaders, public health nurses, nurse informaticists and advanced practice registered nurses who wish to remain at the forefront of patient care. This degree, offered by the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, guides nurses in applying current research to improve healthcare systems and enhance patient outcomes.

The GCU program prepares you to work collaboratively as an interprofessional partner with any doctoral-level peer to participate in and/or translate research that can improve the healthcare system and population health outcomes. The program empowers you as a nurse leader to properly utilize and communicate industry terms used in research and evidence-based practice quality improvement processes in the nursing and healthcare industry.

Examine and expand upon the theoretical and scientific foundations of healthcare through engaging peer discussions and scholarly activities led by instructors who are experts in their fields. Work through practice immersion activities designed to propel you to the highest level of nursing practice. Continue to meet your current professional obligations while progressing through a rigorous curriculum, which culminates in an evidence-based research Direct Practice Improvement project.

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