Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ 85017
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Grand Canyon University is one of the 26 private 4-year, for-profit colleges in Arizona. Its campus is large in size and located in Phoenix. The institution offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.

In the 2017 fall enrollment, 3,515 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 2,320 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 66%).

Every year 41% of students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their respective studies.

Grand Canyon University's in-state tuition for 2017-2018 academic year was $16,500, and fees were $550. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $16,500 and $550 respectively.


Campus LocaleLarge City
Campus SizeLarge
Student to Faculty Ratio19:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
Business ModelFor-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate66%

Nursing Programs Offered

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 (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 591 4264
Master's degree 19 62
Post-master's certificate 2 10
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 8 43
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 75.3%

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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



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
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

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$458/credit
In State Students$458/credit
Out of State Students$458/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$541/credit
In State Students$541/credit
Out of State Students$541/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $20,610 $20,610 $20,610
ADN 70 $32,060 $32,060 $32,060
BSN 125 $57,250 $57,250 $57,250
FNP 50 $27,050 $27,050 $27,050
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 99% of Grand Canyon University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 40% $4,504
Other Federal Grant 13% $1,047
State Grant & Scholarships 2% $672
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 97% $8,248
Federal Student Loans 68% $6,233
Private Loans 7% $10,581


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$17,804
$30,001 to $48,000$18,812
$48,001 to $75,000$21,586
$75,001 to $110,000$22,765
Over $110,000$22,726

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Student Population













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

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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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Arizona Hazlewood Memorial Scholarship

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Arizona state board of nursing.

Grand Canyon University
3300 W Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85017

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