Grand Canyon University Reviews - Bachelor's in Nursing
Review of Nursing Bachelors Degrees
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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!
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.