ABSN Program Requirements

If you’re ready to become a nurse, our 16-month* ABSN program in Arizona, Nevada or Utah can get you started on your education as soon as possible. As long as you meet the admissions requirements, you can apply for a start date in January, May or September.

Admissions Checklist

Before you can apply to and/or start in our ABSN program, you must have a:

  • Non-nursing bachelor’s degree or minimum of 60 non-nursing college credits from an accredited institution, depending on the ABSN location you’re applying to
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 credit hours completed
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher in the ABSN prerequisite courses
  • Satisfactory scores on the HESI A2 entrance exam
  • Pass a Grand Canyon University background check. The background check expires after six months from the date ordered. Your admissions counselor can advise you when to complete this step.
  • If applicable, submit a valid Fingerprint Clearance Card for the state in which your intended ABSN location resides. Please contact your Admissions Representative for more information on this requirement.

Applicants taking the HESI A2 exam must score 80% or higher in reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, score 80% or higher in math and score 75% or higher in human anatomy and physiology. Applicants can take the exam a maximum of four times to reach the required scores.

Application Checklist

Once you’ve met all of the requirements, you’ll submit your ABSN program application online, which includes uploading the following:

  • Official transcripts from each regionally-accredited institution attended
  • Official transcripts showing the successful completion of the prerequisites
  • HESI A2 entrance exam scores

Policy for Student Substance Screening

The practice of professionalism demands that the clinician be free from the influence of any substance that would impair judgement and thinking ability.

As a result, health care agencies are requiring students who work directly with patients to undergo screening for substances. A substance is identified as any drug that impairs judgement. Students must be free from impairing substances.

Health care agencies and the CONHCP require substance screening of all students prior to their first clinical experience. In addition, students are subject to screening if either the faculty or preceptor suspects that the student is impaired at any time on campus, or during any health care experience or any other university or work-related activity.

Any student whose test is deemed positive will not be able to enroll or continue in nursing courses for a minimum period of one year. The College may be required to report any positive screens, suspicion of substance impairment and/or refusal to the appropriate state board of nursing.

Contact us to learn more about the ABSN program requirements.

Start Today

By submitting this form, you give Grand Canyon University your consent to use automated technology to call, text and e-mail you at the information above, including your wireless number if provided, regarding educational services. Please note that you are not required to provide this consent to receive educational services.