Grand Canyon University Reviews of Bachelor's in Nursing

  • 36 Reviews
  • Phoenix (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,800
63% of 36 students said this degree improved their career prospects
58% of 36 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Reviews - Bachelor's in Nursing

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Richard T Greer III
  • Reviewed: 10/5/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at GCU. I was battling cancer when I enrolled, and the admission adviser was very helpful and even told me that he understood if I wanted to delay my enrollment. The professors for the most part are very informative and got back in touch with me immediately when I had questions about assignments. I only had two dipsticks for professors; however, the others were very professional. I would recommend this school to anyone who does a lot of traveling because I was able to travel and still complete assignments on time, no matter what the time zone. You must be extremely disciplined in order to participate in any online class, and despite spending most of my weekends when I wasn't traveling doing assignments and discussions I was able to maintain a 3.90 GPA. My overall experience has been memorable' never had a problem with financial aid, and I even had a scholarship from this university. I finished my last class in 2012 and am looking forward to my MSW program."
Samuel Robert Medina
  • Reviewed: 7/27/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"The best thing about the Grand Canyon's Nursing Program is the level of diverse clinical and lab experiences they provide for you. There are lab simulations that they provide that open your eyes to scenarios that you wouldn't experience unless you were actually a nurse. Grand Canyon helps prepare you for patient scenarios that you might encounter later in your nursing career. This is what I think separates Grand Canyon University from other nursing programs. Their program gives students the opportunities that they need i order to be successful. GCU equips students with the strong foundations needed to be successful as a college student and later in life as a nurse. I have yet to have a bad professor at GCU. I tend to teach myself the course content from the book or study guides, and not from lectures. Every professor that I have had at this university is approachable and works with you if you are a good student (attending classes, doing the course work, etc). The only thing I hated about this university was the powerpoint-lecture style that most professors have adopted nowadays. I learn best by taking notes from what the professor says and from what I read. Listening to hour long powerpoints is monotonous and a huge waste of my time. Other students enjoy that type of teaching/learning style, but I do not. The negatives associated with this school are the cost of tuition and the constant campus construction. For the 4 semesters I have spent going to this university, they have have been under construction. Whether it is putting up another dormitory, making another parking garage or making a stadium, they are constantly under construction. If you live on campus, you will be bothered by construction noise early in the morning. Commuters have to deal with closed entrances and altered routes to class rooms. Often more times than not, due to construction, GCU will close down certain parts of campus. This is frustrating if you are a newer student because you don't know which way to go sometimes. GCU construction is good on safety because they will provide ample amount of room away from the construction. The other negative about GCU is the cost that it goes to go this university. Though the university does provide scholarships, grants, financial counseling and financial aid disbursement, it is still expensive. I should be neck deep in loans by my second semester. Establish a means of paying for your tuition prior to coming to this university. If you don't, you will be overcome by the money and stress that comes with it. The biggest misconception that I see with students is the fact that they think you have to be Christian to attend this university. That is not entirely true. I am and have been with people in this program whose beliefs conflict with that of a traditional Christian. They were not chastised by the community or turned away for their beliefs. They made it through school just fine. Some students, like myself, came to accept and strengthen their faith by attending this university."
  • Reviewed: 4/17/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"So far I am very unhappy with the Professors that Grand Canyon has hired to do their nursing program. In the online program you feel like you are on an island by yourself. The Professor is missing in action and does not care about you or your needs. It has been an awful experience. The face that it is very expensive makes it even worse. I wish I had read the reviews of this school before I signed up. I definitely would not recommend it at this point. The Professor I have right now is an absolute joke. She is just a joke. They say it is doable when you work but so far this lady that teaches has made it to where I am spending hours and hours trying to keep up. It is just ridiculous. Don't waste your money."
  • Reviewed: 2/11/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"I completed the RN-BSN program in Dec 2015, or so I thought. Upon completion of my Capstone project, I was very excited to have completed the program. During my enrollment I had to have surgery ( non-elective) I was forced to withdraw and had to pay $1500.00 even though I had documentation for my surgeon. The latest SSA had me resume my courses in the incorrect order, the Capstone project is supposed to be your final class, as it is a culmination of all that you have learned. I had to take another class following the capstone project, while my classmates went to Cabo to celebrate. Not bashing the school but a true account of my experience. I don't feel as if GCU realized the student is a customer without customers the business doesn't exist. For $18,000 I expected more."
J in-debt
  • Reviewed: 1/28/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"I had the WORST experience withGCU. Not only were the classes at a community college level at best, but all the staff, counselors, instructors, and departments are uninterested with helping you at all. Some even made it worse. Unexpected bills and fees when leaving after only one semester. I am now in thousands of debt all because of charges made as I was in the process of withdrawing. All they want is more and more money. And when I went back to try to negotiate some of it I was treated rudely and told that my debt was a "learning lesson" about going to college and finances. Not worth the amount of money they charge even if you can afford it. WATCH OUT FOR ALL THEIR HIDDEN FEES"
  • Reviewed: 1/21/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"I would definitely choose a different program if looking for an RN to BSN program. This school really is concerned about profit. Instructors are ok. Some are not interested in helping you with any issues at all. When counselors are approached they are really good with telling you what you want to hear, with no follow through. These people are not consistent or knowledgable. One of my instructors, Lisa Arends, was extremely unhelpful, unprofessional and rude. The group projects are horrific. Don't expect anyone to care if you end up doing the entire project alone, or with limited help from other group members. This program is horrible and feels like a big waste of money,"
Angel Trujillo
  • Reviewed: 12/5/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"Excellent program with great online resources to create a supportive atmosphere to promote excellence in educational attainment. The Online RN to BSN program is very flexible and gear for working nurses. The campus and its facilities are clean and high tech. GCU has great sports team that play in NCAA division 1. Not to expensive for a private university supports military with tuition discounts."
  • Reviewed: 11/3/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"This school and the ADN to BSN program was well organized, thorough, professional and quick. I felt very supported throughout the program as well asthe program was very "doable" while working full time. I would highly recommended it to anyone who is interested!"
  • Reviewed: 10/29/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"I LOVE GCU!! I attended another college online before transferring to GCU and it was the best decision ever! The assignments are due the same day every week, no matter what class or instructor, the work load is duable if you still want to have a life (worked fulltime, married 3 kids), no exams, no test, and I learned so much. I wasn't just completing assignments to obtain a grade but instead it was applicable with the real work world. My counselor and my financial counselor were both wonderful, I never had a poor instructor. I cannot stress enough how wonderful GCU is! I have taken a 6 month break and will be starting my MSN Edu with GCU in January- I hope to teach online for GCU one day."
  • Reviewed: 5/20/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"GCU is not even worth a star it should have negative stars for how bad it truly is. Specifically, the nursing program they don't tell you your clinical sites and then they even have the courage to choose your residency for you. They take no consideration to where you live such as I got a clinical site 50 miles from my house and they don't care about where you want to work after you graduate to put you in that unit. Horrible teachers, administration, staff, and people in general."
  • Reviewed: 2/8/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"It was a great experience! I learned so much and had some really great instructors. So glad I chose GCU for my BSN. I highly recommend this school for the nursing part. I had a superb adviser who worked with me every step of the way. It was truly a great experience. The classes are well organized and there is little doubt as to what is expected. I have seen the negative comments online and I have been in class with the negative people. Most I can say have not been ideal students. When you turn in late work or work that is substandard, you usually do not do well in class. College is not a free ride and A's are not just handed out. You have to earn them. I would go back to this school in a heartbeat."
  • Reviewed: 10/27/2014
  • Degree: Nursing
"This is the worst kind of degree mill. An embarrassment of a program that reads like it was put together in a weekend . Professors actually copy and paste the same comments on discussion boards, that is if they show up at all and they often hardly read the work that is turned in . Students copy and paste garbage and the discussions are ridiculously boring because if this activity. I tried to get something out of it but it was mostly a waste of money and time. The advisors come and go and are used car salesmen. I had a deadline to meet for my graduate program and they wouldn't even pick up the phone to confer my degree. I missed my deadline because after spending 20000 dollars they couldn't find the common courtesy to get me a unofficial conferred copy of my transcript. The irony is that it's a Christian university but like most things this is hypocrisy. If you're an idiot you will have no problem because I know people who can't write a clear sentence and they still got A's. You even have to write papers on why prayer and prayer hospitals heal people. An entire class of anti- science Mumbai jumbo. This school should lose it's accreditation."
  • Reviewed: 6/4/2014
  • Degree: Nursing
"I entered into the RN to BSN program in the fall of 2013. I was very excited about the opportunity to complete my education. However, things went terribly wrong for me at GCU. During my second course I became very ill, so ill that I had emergency surgery and ended up on a ventilator in the intensive care unit. Until my illness I had achieved outstanding scores. When I was released from the hospital, I logged in to the online program to update my instructor of my illness. I was told that since I logged in to their system, I was no longer eligible to withdraw from the course and I would have to take an incomplete which would effect my over all GPA and in the long run my financial aid. Not only that but I was required to pay for the course plus I would need to pay again to take the course over. I had complete and appropriate documentation of my illness but this did not seem to matter. The eye opening event for me here was this educational system is a money making scheme. It would seem reasonable that a person be able to withdraw and take the class the next term when it was being offered again especially under these circumstances. Steer clear of this program and look elsewhere!"
Vonda Boone
  • Reviewed: 2/11/2014
  • Degree: Nursing
"I have attended GCU since Summer of 2013. I love it! My adviser is excellent and keeps in close touch with me by phone. We email back and forth every few weeks. I have been privileged to have some amazing instructors. They have all been very helpful and engaged. I have learned so much and I have mastered APA format writing all the papers that are required. Research really helps you to learn a lot. I am honored to be a part of GCU. Only 4 courses left until graduation. I love it so much I am planning to get my MSN through them also. I have attended other schools online and this is by far the best. I have nothing negative to say. I am sorry some of you have had issues and I don't know your circumstance but in my book GCU is top-notch."
  • Reviewed: 10/20/2013
  • Degree: Nursing
"I have had a wonderful experience at GCU. I am almost finish my BSN and plan tocontinue for my masters in nursing ed. The curriculum was very current and applicable to my current practice. Instructors were very helpful and responsive. I had no problems with tuition payment and felt my money was well spent for the education I received. The curriculum was challenging but not impossible for a single mom working full time. I would highly recommend Grand Canyon University and have to others wishing to pursue a nursing degree!"
  • Reviewed: 2/3/2013
  • Degree: Nursing
"I did the RN-to-BSN program because my hospital is phasing out ADN nurses, sadly. I only had one instructor that I felt was not helpful- well, actually two: the instructor for Statistics was clueless and could not understand my requests for clarification. I had to drop the class on the 3rd day, pay $250 for the privilage and wait 3 weeks for the next class to start with the instructor that came highly recommended for his ability to teach a difficult subject. The other instructor was very hostile and quite high-strung.The group projects were a joke. for most of my classes I was the only student (4-14 in a group) who had English as a primary language so I ended up not only heading the group, doing all research but putting together the many papers/Power Points and following up. The one time I DID complain, I got a reduced grade for not displaying "a collaborative attitude"... SEE THE HIGH-STRUNG INSTRUCTOR COMMENT ABOVE. Are you KIDDING me!!??? Seriously, if I wasn't preJUDGIDICED before this class, I certainly was after: I find it hard to tolerate those who take advantage of the American Way but fail to buy in to the concept. Some of my councellors were great- some, I could never contact.The weekly discussion questions were an exercize in repetition, redundancy and biting my tongue: how many ways can you say the SAME THING in the same day?? Quality comments were not appreciated (some instructors did not appreciate Dark Humor and some just didn't GET IT. When faced with students who have NEVER practiced as a nurse, espousing how wonderful Nursing is, they need a reality check from those of us who HAVE wiped butts for over 20 years!) and it appeared they wanted idealistic drivil comments about how inadequate my previous education was and how incredably professional my practice would be after I attained the BSN! REALLY? I can honestly say that the 16 month experience has not improved my OWN bottom line as a nurse and all it has done is put me further into debt and estranged me from my family (time constraint-wise).Do it if you must: but know you will have NO time for family,if you care about making A's it will make you insane to deal with students who can't spell, much less speak the ENglish language and know that it is mearly a Paper Chase (Google that term-- it applies, implicitly!)."