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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.
My experience with GCU online RN to BSN program was wonderful. All my credits transfered, the work load was easy to manage with organizational skills. I worked full time as a Med Surg RN. Don't let bad reviews scare you away. I loved it so much I am actually trying to see what I can do to teach for the school. The assignments were doable, they required the work but it was manageable. Upon starting the program I was nervous about the workload and working full time. Assignments are due on sundays by midnight, requires 2 initial discussion posts by Wednesday and Friday and 6 responses, all writing is required to be in APA format. Most papers were 3-4 pages long, 10 of my courses were 4 weeks long and my capstone project was 10 weeks long. I highly recommend the program.
Very poorly run! Very disorganized. Definitely don't care about the students. They will change guidelines in the middle of the program making it next to impossible to finish the degree! Not worth the time or money! Most professor just give a grade without any explanation or even reviewing the work. I have had five different advisors in two years.
Well, for 34,000 in student loan debt at a 4.25% interest rate ($4.00 bucks a day) did help get me a job at 47k annual plus benefits; but, honestly, I could have always faked the transcripts and just said I went to school there, watched some YouTube videos on basic and intermediate accounting, and would have wound up basically at the same place I am now..just without the 34k of debt. My advice to you is go to a cheaper college, self fund college, or just don't go at all. I was an online student and bluffed my way through the courses..waste of time, personally, and a mistake at best. Can't say I enjoyed this school at all. God help us all..1 TRILLION in student debt..with a T, baby!
If you are not a self-starter and not stay in contact with your advisor. You will be just a number if you fail to communicate. You as a student are paying for it, you have to build a relationship with GCU staff to communicate, it is like this any where else. Those who claim that they know of no one has completed a degree program, well I have. I have completed a Bachelors, and two Master's degrees, because I was self-motivated, did not make excuses as to what went wrong. Of course I some issues at GCU, but having open communications will help, no matter what school you attend. The people who complain are the ones that will not get anywhere and still not have at least one degree. People who complain needs to stop and start setting their goals and just do it, get your degree. Online is not for the complainers and those that are not self-starters or self-motivators. Learning online is much harder and some people except to be baby sit, and let the university do all the work for you. You want a degree and if you are serious about your education, just start and get it done, when its over, you have a degree you can apply on your resume.
It is impossible to get a hold of anyone. They have switched financial advisers on me over five times. They will take your money, and also make sure they continue to do so with their "must take three classes" for the financial aid to work out properly, or their way of auto scheduling classes for you. The actual class wasn't horrible, and the professor was very cool so that's why I give it a 2, but please save yourself a headache and go to a community college.
The school seems to care up front but once you are in you no longer have anyone supporting you. Online classes are a joke. All you are doing is research then write then research and write. Discussion questions have to be done the same way. I have spent my 1st week doing nothing but reading and writing in A PA format. When you do get someone to discuss issues you are having their reply is "well you are in a masters program" duh this is my 3rd masters and none of the others had me up for 3 days straight just trying to put something I. A PA format for a discussion. Then you get the "well we want to make it as close to a ground class as possible" if that was the case I have never heard someone talk in class using A PA format or having to do 3 hours of research just to reply back to something someone said. Let's get real here and actually teach a class rather than giving an assignment then having the student figure it out for themselves.
All the awful reviews are true. anyone interested in class action suit? 95.00 per class to rent an ebook (whether you need it or not. Disgruntled field coordinators...Emphasis on papers rather than knowledge. Practicum sites are not interested in GCU students. Obtaining practicum site is tedious and is basically brushed off by the school. Pick another school where one get his/her money's worth
So far I have really enjoyed my classes. Being able to go to school online while working full time is a huge bonus. I am currently taking classes for my major, and love them. I do have a nursing background so that has helped when it comes to the healthcare part. I would definitely recommend GCU to others. A family member just graduated from Cal Baptist and stated the professors there spoke highly of GCU.
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.