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Grand Canyon University (College of Nursing)

Welcome to the College of Nursing at Grand Canyon University. The College of Nursing offers a wide range of professional nurse education programs that are anchored in strong Judeo- Christian values and ethical principles. These programs include:
* A traditional baccalaureate (BSN) level professional registered nurse (RN) program, aimed at new students interested in becoming a nurse;
* An accelerated baccalaureate level professional registered nurse program, tailored for students with an existing baccalaureate degree in another subject or 90 + credit hours of college coursework;
* A RN to BSN program, targeted toward registered nurses who have completed an associate degree or diploma program in professional nursing;
* The Master of Science - Nursing (MS) program focuses on preparing nurses for an advanced professional role of family nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nursing leader, or nurse educator.
* All programs are offered on ground. In addition RN/B program is also offered online and all Master's program tracks are web enhanced. Coursework is customized for both young and adult learners as well as those with basic and advanced computer skills.

More than two decades after its founding, the College of Nursing continues to educate nurses through rigorous academic and clinical preparation in a tradition of values-based Christian education. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is offered through three tracks: pre licensure, accelerated, and degree completion for nurses already licensed as registered nurses. Building on the baccalaureate degree, the College offers the Master of Science – Nursing (MS) featuring four concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Leadership in the Health Care System, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Nursing Education. The pre-licensure curriculums designed to help students assess the individual, the family, and communities; utilize functional health patterns within a variety of clinical settings; formulate nursing diagnoses; plan and evaluate nursing interventions; and function as professionals within the health care team. The accelerated BSN track allows second degree students or students with senior standing (90+ credit hours) who have fulfilled all prerequisites to complete a degree in approximately 18 months. In addition to the traditional baccalaureate nursing program, the College of Nursing offers a track for registered nurses wanting to complete their bachelor’s degree. The RN to BSN track is offered over a 57-week time frame in which the student attends class one night per week. The MS program is offered using an innovative, web-enhanced format on a full-time or part-time schedule with the busy professional nurse in mind. The graduate core provides content essential to all advanced professional nurses, while the specialty areas expands and extends this knowledge and offers the opportunity for students to develop skills in evidence-based practice.


The College of Nursing seeks to provide an academically challenging professional nursing education based on a liberal arts foundation to students of diverse backgrounds within an environment of Christian values and with a commitment to the enhancement of health and wellness in society.

School name:Grand Canyon UniversityCollege of Nursing
Address:3300 West Camelback Road, PO Box 11097
Zip & city:AZ 85061-1097 Arizona

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Introduction to Nursing and Gerontology emphasizes competence in nursing skills. Functional health patterns are used as the basis for assessment and nursing care of adult clients with emphasis on the aged. Communication, teaching, helping, problem solving, and leadership skills are introduced and applied as a framework for clinical practice.

Every semester. Therapeutic Communication focuses on the development of theoretical knowledge and interpersonal skills needed to interact effectively with clients in a variety of health care settings.

Introduction to Pharmacology has a twofold purpose. The first purpose is to introduce basic pharmacological concepts and drug groups. These concepts include drug action, legal considerations, and evaluation of drug therapy. Physiological, psychological, and sociocultural concepts related to drug therapy will also be presented. The second purpose of the course is to provide the pharmacological foundation necessary for safe administration of drugs, monitoring the effects of therapy, and teaching clients about medications.

Health Assessment provides the systematic collection, validation, and communication framework for data that professional nurses use to make decisions about how to intervene, promote, maintain or restore health of adult and aged clients. This course emphasizes methods of data collection, clinical reasoning, and the nursing process, along with supervised laboratory practice and selected diagnostic and screening tests. Upon completion, the student will demonstrate beginning knowledge and competence in the performance of adult health history taking and physical assessment by utilizing Gordon's Functional Health Patterns Framework.

Adult Health Nursing I focuses on nursing care of adult hospitalized clients. Emphasis is placed on the identification of nursing diagnoses and interventions for clients with acute, chronic, or terminal illness. The course comprises the first 71/2 weeks of the second semester of the nursing curriculum.

Adult Health Nursing II focuses on nursing care of clients in the critical care setting in collaboration with health team members. Emphasis is placed on the identification of nursing diagnoses and interventions for clients with acute, chronic, or terminal illness. The course comprises the last 71/2 weeks of the second semester of the nursing curriculum.

Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family focuses on planning for health promotion in the normal and high risk childbearing family. Emphasis is placed on family education, use of community resources, and advocation of alternatives to promote positive outcomes during the childbearing phase of family development.

Family Centered Child Health Nursing integrates theories from nursing, child development, and family development. These concepts are related to the planning of care for children, adolescents, and their families who are well or experiencing acute or chronic illnesses. Emphasis is placed on teaching and on community resources related to the child-rearing family.

Research in Nursing promotes research as a framework for analysis of clinical practice. Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are presented. Emphasis is placed on the critical review of research and application to nursing practice. A Writing-Intensive course.

Community Health Nursing focuses on community assessment and intervention with vulnerable groups and communities. Emphasis is placed on critical analysis, using epidemiological data and functional health patterns to plan and intervene in areas of health promotion, screening, and rehabilitation with community groups.

Home Health Care focuses on the nursing care of acutely, chronically, and terminally ill clients of all ages and their families. Emphasis is placed on the integration of environmental, psychosocial, economic, cultural, personal, and family health concepts in the home setting. Creative problem solving which enables a family to care for their family member's health needs is a significant element of this fundamental course.

The Community Mental Health Nursing course focuses on providing nursing care as the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of mental health intervention. Emphasis is placed on community screening, crisis intervention and rehabilitation, and teaching with families and client groups. Concepts of environment, group process, family therapy, and interdisciplinary collaboration are integrated with biopsychosocial, spiritual, and cultural aspects of mental health nursing practice.

Management Concepts and Leadership Behavior in Nursing are presented as expected roles in today's changing health care agencies. Emphasis is placed on the interdisciplinary approach to planning nursing care for groups using selected standards. The course includes an examination of professional development and peer collaboration.

Trends and Issues in Nursing explores the numerous professional and societal forces which impact health care policy and practice. Content includes analysis of manpower studies, nursing leaders, policy and position statements, political and cultural issues, and changing nursing roles and licensure.

This course focuses on preparation for the registered nurse licensure examination. The student is assisted in assessing learning needs and developing personal strategies to become successful on the professional examination. The computer review, test preparation materials, and standardized testing methods are utilized to facilitate individual development.

Practicum in Nursing provides a selected clinical experience to optimize the transition to a professional career. Nursing care areas are chosen according to preceptor availability and student focus. A faculty member assists in planning, implementing, and evaluating the learning experience. A Writing-Intensive course.

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