Grand Canyon University Reviews - Bachelor's in NursingSee reviews of all programs at Grand Canyon University
My name is Alexa K. I am a 23 year old graduate student with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University. When I was a child I wanted to be a veterinarian. I was fascinated with animals! When I was in high school, two of my grandparents passed away with the assistance of hospice and compassionate registered nurses. After such a positive impact the nurses left on me, I had my heart set on becoming a registered nurse. Through a program offered in high school, I was able to become a certified nursing assistant. I worked in a long term care facility throughout my four years of college. Shortly after I graduated, I took the state boards and became a registered nurse. I have been working as a registered nurse for two years now. I absolutely loved Grand Canyon University! They were such an incredibly fun four years! I met my best friends that will be my lifelong friends. I ended up living with them on campus sophomore to senior year. The dorms were great and the pools were refreshing! I loved the class sizes and my professors. They were always available to talk to and provide help with studies. Nursing school was stressful and our professors knew that. They were great with helping us cope and de-stress. I loved that Chapel was offered on a weekly basis. This was also a great way to help take my mind off of studies. The university was always great at having fun events planned for us to attend. GCU has expanded so much since I have graduated. I am sure they have even more to offer now! I recommend GCU to everyone if you want to have a great college experience.
Honestly, the nursing program was very disorganized. I had a lot of great experiences with individual professors and students but the overall program was unpredictable and stressful. It did teach me what kind of nurse I wanted to be and the kind I didn't want to be. It also prepared me to be aware of the constant changes in the medical field and made me a more flexible person as far as change goes. I was able to get a great job soon after graduation and I do give credit to much of the networking I was able to do while attending this school. Now I am pursuing my Doctoral degree in nursing and look forward to advancing my career.
I received my BSN from Grand Canyon University through their fast track program on their Scottsdale campus. The small class sizes were amazing and allowed the professors to take interest in each student throughout the program. I believe I was adequately prepared for my nursing career after completing this program. I have and will continue to recommend students to this program.
The nursing program at Grand Canyon University is a fast pace hands on learning experience. The core curriculum provides a Registered Nurse with the foundation to take care of patients upon exiting the program. During my course work, there were many opportunities to engage in real life experiences that translated well into the 'real' nursing world. I would recommend GCU to any entering nursing student.
My experience was and still excellent. My advisor is super nice and organized, all my instructor were so nice expect one so far, the program is well suit for a full time working mother. I couldn't say enough about how I am pleased by GCU. I recommended it to many friends, one will start the program in February 2017
Very happy with over all experience, will recommend this school to anyone that's ready to get it done quick. The curriculum was easy to follow, each class start and end in five weeks. The discussion forum was very important and helpful with students asking to each other and the instructors. Good school.
The first two semesters of the program went well however this semester has been horrible! GCU completely changed their curriculum for the entire nursing program and it is a MESS.. They have shortened class and lab times, rearranged when we take exams, changed the material of our skills check-offs, and have implemented the most ridiculous grading rubrics that I have seen in any class during my 3 years of experience at two different universities. When we try to talk to someone about it, we feel like our voices are completely shut down. I know someone who quit her job over the change because she could not work in a supervisor position and support the change. Tenured professors have quit over the change as well and the school is having difficulties staffing labs. I believe my quality of education and for sure my grades have decreased as a result of the multiple changes they have made. The school has hired people to try to help fix the current situation and change the curriculum again for the better before the next semester begins. Meanwhile in one of my classes there are no tests as someone forgot to put them into the syllabus and in another class tests are being given before the material is covered because wrong dates were entered in the syllabus. Forgot about trying to talk to anyone about it as your emails go unanswered. It is a complete mess and no one in my cohort would recommend the GCU nursing program at this college to ANYONE!!!
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.
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.
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.