Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ 85017

Grand Canyon University is a private, for profit institution, located in Phoenix, Arizona. It offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.

The total number of students who applied in FALL 2016 was 34,096 and 19,413 students were accepted.

Grand Canyon University's in-state tuition for academic year 2016-2017 was $16,500 and fees $550. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $16,500 and $550 respectively.


Campus LocaleCity: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio19:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelFor Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate66%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. RN to BSN
  3. ADN
  4. Family Nurse Practitioner
  5. Masters degrees (MSN, RN to MSN)

    The Grand Canyon University offers the Master of Science Degree in a range of nursing programs.  The MSN programs include specialties in advanced nursing practice, nursing administration, leadership, education, public health and informatics.

    The different graduate specialties develop core theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for practice at the graduate level. The program includes foundational courses in nursing theory, health policy, nursing research, ethical practice and healthcare systems financing.

    The Master’s in Nursing, specialties include clinical practice hours ranging from 150 to 650 hours.  Students in all specialties are required to develop an evidence based project which shows the integration of theoretical knowledge in the different programs.

    Many of the specialties in nursing at Grand Canyon are offered in the traditional campus format while the education and leadership programs being offered in an online format.

    Admission Requirements:

    1. Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing from a program accredited by the CCNE or NLNAC
    2. Complete pre-requisite courses in research, statistics and health assessment
    3. Have current, valid and unencumbered License to practice in the state of residence

    Applicants seeking to specialize in advance practice are recommended to get in contact with the State Board of Nursing to determine the requirements for certification as a nurse practitioner or advance practice nurse in their state of residence. 

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 5324
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 440
Nursing Administration Master's degree 535
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 86
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 114
Clinical Nurse Specialist Master's degree 3
Critical Care Nursing Master's degree 58
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Post-master's certificate 4
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Post-master's certificate 5
Clinical Nurse Specialist Post-master's certificate 3
Critical Care Nursing Post-master's certificate 9
Nursing Practice Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 41

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Grand Canyon University

Brookline College-Phoenix
1.48 miles away
Chamberlain College of Nursing-Arizona
3.98 miles away
The Art Institute of Phoenix
4.01 miles away
ITT Technical Institute-Phoenix
4.67 miles away
Brown Mackie College-Phoenix
6.47 miles away
Pima Medical Institute-Tucson
111.79 miles away
Brown Mackie College-Tucson
113.49 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1968 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
05/05/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/21/2001 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/08/2006 - Current

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$18,613
30k to 48k$19,230
48k to 75k$21,563
75k to 110k$23,014
Over 110k$22,847
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $458.00 $458.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $544.00 $544.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native
Non-resident alien

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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American Legion Auxiliary Department of Arizona Past Presidents’ Parley Nurses Scholarship

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Sigma Theta Tau Nursing International Scholarship

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Ruth E. Nicolls Memorial Nursing Scholarship

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Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Arizona state board of nursing
Grand Canyon University
3300 W Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85017

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