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Counseling - Addiction, Chemical Dependency, Substance Abuse -
Bachelor of Science

For individuals interested in becoming addiction counselors, GCU offers a Bachelor of Science in Counseling with an Emphasis in Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse. Addiction counselors may be interested in working in a variety of supervised settings including private practice, rehabilitation clinics and mental health centers. Some graduates of the addiction counseling degree program will immediately pursue a counseling position whereas others will be prepared to obtain their graduate degree in counseling.

Coursework in the addiction counseling degree provides a foundational knowledge in theoretical approaches to counseling. Students will focus on substance use disorders, addiction and treatment, and ways that adults, children and adolescents struggle with these disorders. The family dynamics of addiction are also examined as well as methods that can be implemented for relapse prevention. Counseling skills courses and a fieldwork/practicum course complete the focused coursework list.

Completion of the addiction counseling degree may qualify graduates to meet the standards for state, national and international certification/licensure for professional prevention specialists and treatment counselors/providers. Participants should contact the appropriate certifying/licensing body to ensure that courses meet certification/licensure requirements.

Courses in the Counseling / Addiction, Chemical Dependency, Substance Abuse BS Degree program include:
  • Psychopharmacology in Treatment of Addiction and Substance Use Disorders
  • Co-Occurring Disorders and HIV/AIDS
  • Group Interventions and Community Resources for Addiction and Substance Use Disorders
  • Relapse Prevention in the Treatment of Addiction and Substance Use Disorders


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Health Care Administration - Bachelor of Science
The Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration (BSHA) is an undergraduate professional degree designed to prepare students for entry-level supervisory roles in health care organizations. Ideal candidates for the BSHA program are those students looking for career entry in health care administration and those looking to advance from clinical/technical roles to supervisory roles. The BSHA program emphasizes both the conceptual and analytical skills required to manage in contemporary health care organizations. Graduates prepare themselves for administrative positions in hospitals, long-term care, outpatient facilities, physician offices, mental health organizations, insurance companies, public health agencies, and other types of health organizations. The BSHA program also prepares students who wish to eventually seek their master's degree in order to obtain senior health care executive positions. The BSHA program features investigative and experimental opportunities in project management, teamwork, and leadership. Students of this program will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the following: The organization and structure of components of the health care sector to permit development and implementation of successful management strategies within the industry. The managerial skills needed to work in teams, build cross-functional teams, and facilitate collaborative decision making. The industry-specific business knowledge and skills related to finance management, human resources, strategic planning, marketing, information management, and quality improvement. The impact that various dynamics (e.g., regulatory, legal, ethical, public policy, and political) can have on health service organizations and the management or administration of any specific sector of the health care industry. The manner in which public, private, and social forces can shape the health care system and affect health care providers. The financial options and strategies within and between component sectors of the health care industry.

Courses in the Health Care Administration BS Degree program include:
  • Health Care Administration and Management
  • Biomedical Statistics
  • Research and Communication Techniques in Health Care and Science
  • Strategic Planning and Implementation in Health Care


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Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care - Bachelor of Science
The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences: Professional Development and Advanced Patient Care program is a degree completion program designed for health care professionals who graduated from accredited certificate and/or associate degree programs and who wish to acquire baccalaureate level competencies in health sciences theory and in health care professional issues.

Courses in the Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care BS Degree program include:
  • Transcultural Health Care
  • Trends and Issues in Health Care
  • Health Care Systems
  • Ethics for Health Care Professionals


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Psychology - Bachelor of Science
Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Psychology program offers a broad array of courses that increase the understanding of past and present human actions. With this understanding comes the responsibility to improve relationships with others and to help others achieve similar understanding of and insight into their own behaviors. The program helps prepare students for entry-level positions in agencies and organizations that seek to help those in need. It should be understood that the requirements for employment in many positions in the helping professions include advanced education beyond the bachelor's degree.

Courses in the Psychology BS Degree program include:
  • Learning and Cognition
  • Health Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology


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Nursing RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The RN to BSN program is designed for registered nurses with an associate's degree or diploma in nursing. The format and courses of the regionally accredited program are tailored to meet the needs of the adult learner RN, and to maximize strengths that the working RN possesses. A bridge course facilitates the transition of the working RN into the baccalaureate program. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of clinical patient care, health care management, and professional nursing practice and leadership. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research in the RN's clinical practice. Both the science and art of nursing are integral components of the program and are woven throughout. Graduates of the program are prepared to become leaders in the nursing profession. Program Description: The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program prepares registered nurses who have an associate degree or diploma in nursing to function as professionals within the health care team by providing holistic, safe, and quality care for individuals, families, and communities in diverse settings. The program includes an emphasis on spirituality, communication, health promotion, and disease prevention throughout the lifespan, which provides students the opportunity to achieve baccalaureate competencies.

Courses in the Nursing RN to BSN Degree program include:
  • Ethical Decision Making in Health Care
  • Nursing Leadership and Management
  • Pathophysiology and Nursing Management of Clients' Health
  • Trends and Issues in Health Care


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Bridge Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems - Master of Science in Nursing
The Bridge to Master of Science in Nursing program is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor's degree in health sciences or other related fields. The program is intended to meet the needs of adult learners who already posses a bachelor's degree and an RN license who desire to pursue a graduate degree in nursing. Courses in the bridge program are a blending of RN to BSN core courses that are considered essential requisites to graduate study. Upon completion of bridge courses from the BSN core, students enter one of eight emphases offered for the Master of Science in Nursing or the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (Dual-Degree).

Courses in the Bridge Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems MSN Degree program include:
  • Strategic Management
  • Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Roles And Practice
  • Health Care Research Analysis and Utilization
  • Ethics, Policy, and Finance in the Health Care System


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Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (Dual Degree) - Master of Business Administration & Master of Science in Nursing
The Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems dual-degree program is designed to afford students the opportunity to develop cross functional business management skills, preparing business practitioners for advanced management and executive positions combined with specialized study in leadership theory and application.

Courses in the Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems MBA & MSN Dual Degree program include:
  • Strategic Management
  • Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Roles And Practice
  • Health Care Research Analysis and Utilization
  • Ethics, Policy, and Finance in the Health Care System


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Health Systems Management - Master of Business Administration
Grand Canyon University's Master of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Health Systems Management program provides students with the capacity for transformational leadership through the application of business practices. The program highlights the impact of the global economy on organizational decision making, planning, and sourcing of organizational resources. Students draw upon interpersonal skills to address each practice, as well as to comprehend the influence that diverse cultures have on it. The use of telecommunications, emerging technologies, and e-commerce applications combine with essential business principles that encompass finance, accounting, economics, marketing, and management, providing students with the capacity to lead and manage business enterprises both effectively and ethically. The program encourages students to be informed critical thinkers and decision makers through active research and the application of quantitative methods that transform raw data into useful information. The program prepares students to compete for critical leadership roles in current and future organizations through coursework that addresses leadership theory, problem solving, organizational leadership, self-leadership, and highly effective teams. The program prepares students for advanced management or senior administration positions in the health care industry through coursework that addresses the legal and ethical concerns in health care and health care policies and economics.

Courses in the Health Systems Management MBA Degree program include:
  • Managerial Finance
  • Strategic Management
  • Legal and Ethical Principles in Health Care
  • Health Care Policies and Economics


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Health Care Management - Master of Public Administration
Grand Canyon University's Master of Public Administration prepares students for careers in the public sector. The program is targeted at individuals working or desirous of finding employment in all levels of government, health care administration, and other quasi- and/or non-governmental organizations. The coursework gives students the opportunity to apply administrative skills in the areas of leadership, human capital development, policy, and governance within a public sector environment. Students will be challenged to identify and provide solutions for the unique issues facing public sector organizations today. This program offers two emphasis areas from which students can choose: health care management and government and policy.

Courses in the Health Care Management MPA Degree program include:
  • Economics for Public Administrators
  • Legal and Ethical Principles in Health Care
  • Analysis of Contemporary Health Care Delivery Models
  • Health Care Policies and Economics


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Addiction Counseling - Master of Science
The Master of Science in Addiction Counseling degree is for learners who wish to pursue careers as addiction counseling professionals, treating individuals with substance abuse\dependency disorders. With a master's in addiction counseling, graduates may be prepared to own and operate their own counseling clinic or work in a variety of settings including private practice, substance abuse clinics, group practices, and hospital settings. The demand for licensed addiction counselors is expected to grow in both the public and private sectors in the foreseeable future. A master's degree is a required step for individuals seeking the highest level of licensing and/or certification in many states.

The Master of Science in Addiction Counseling degree focuses on the following topics: theories of addiction, drug classification, assessment, and treatment; professional counseling orientation and ethics; counseling theories; group counseling theory and practice; social and cultural diversity issues in counseling; psychopharmacology theories of drug abuse, addiction, and treatment; psychiatric disorders in combination with an alcohol and/or drug abuse disorder; family issues and addictive disorders; diagnostics, assessment and treatment; and counseling chemically dependent adolescents.

A pre-practicum or supervised field work experience concludes the program, under the supervision of a faculty member. Following the pre-practicum, students take part in a supervised practicum/internship experience to develop their counseling skills and to perform all the activities that a regularly employed professional counselor would be expected to perform in a supervised setting.

Graduates from the Grand Canyon University Master of Science in Addiction Counseling program are prepared to meet the academic requirements for licensure in Arizona as a Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor (LASAC) OR a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC). Additionally, program graduates from most other states will be academically prepared to begin the process of seeking certification and/or licensure in their home state. Licensing and/or certification requirements may vary from state-to-state. It is the students' responsibility to check the licensing/certification requirements in their respective states.

Courses in the Addiction Counseling MS Degree program include:
  • Psychopharmacology and Addictions
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Counseling Chemical Dependency Adolescents
  • Practicum/Internship


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Health Care Administration - Master of Science
The Master of Science in Health Care Administration (MSHCA) provides the skills and experience necessary to perform as middle- and upper-level managers in a variety of health care organizations, and to serve as innovative change agents and leaders of organizational improvement and adaptation within the health care industry. The MSHCA program emphasizes the conceptual, analytical, and application skills required to manage in contemporary health care organizations. Graduates prepare themselves for administrative positions in hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient facilities, physician offices, mental health agencies, insurance companies, public health agencies, and other types of health organizations.

Courses in the Health Care Administration MS Degree program include:
  • Legal and Ethical Principles in Health Care
  • Health Care Research Methods, Analysis, and Utilization
  • Essential Health Care Business Analysis
  • Health Care Innovation


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Health Care Informatics - Master of Science
Health care informatics is a rapidly emerging discipline that offers new frontiers requiring innovative leadership. As health care reform begins to impact all areas of the health care system, greater attention is being focused on the value of health informatics in reducing health care costs, increasing access, and improving the quality of health care services. Health care informatics is quickly becoming vital to the growth and security of the United States' health care system. The integration of information technology into health care and the continuous changes in patient-care systems require professionals and leaders with training in clinical operations, data management systems, health care system operations, project management, decision making, and quality assessment. Graduates may perform a variety of functions for the organization, such as automating clinical care, building new operational data systems, training health care workers in the use of computer systems, collecting and analyzing data to improve patient care, etc. Depending on their areas of strength and focus, graduates may serve as project managers, project designers, researchers, systems analysts, or administrators and executives at all levels of the organization. Graduates may work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, primary care facilities, doctors offices, insurance companies, pharmacies, technology suppliers, consulting firms, and more. Organizations of potential employment include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Institutes of Health; clinical data exchange insurance sites; the government's Military Health System (hospitals); Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; state health care; and informational technology vendors.

Courses in the Health Care Informatics MS Degree program include:
  • Health Care Research Analysis and Utilization
  • Foundations and Concepts of Health Care Informatics
  • Health Care Information Systems and Technology
  • Health Care Data Management


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Health Care Informatics - Master of Science in Nursing
Health care informatics is a rapidly emerging discipline that offers new frontiers requiring innovative leadership. As health care reform begins to impact all areas of the health care system, greater attention is being focused on the value of health informatics in reducing health care costs, increasing access to health care, and improving the quality of health care services. Health care informatics is quickly becoming vital to the growth and security of the United States' health care system. The integration of information technology into health care and the continuous changes in patient-care systems require professionals and leaders with training in clinical operations, data management systems, health care system operations, project management, decision making, and quality assessment. Graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing: Health Care Informatics program may perform a variety of functions for the organization, such as automating clinical care, building new operational data systems, training health care workers in the use of computer systems, collecting and analyzing data to improve patient care, etc. Depending on their areas of strength and focus, graduates may serve as project managers, project designers, researchers, systems analysts, or administrators and executives at all levels of the organization. Graduates may work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, primary care facilities, doctor's offices, insurance companies, pharmacies, technology suppliers, consulting firms, and more. Potential employers for graduates of this program include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, clinical data exchange insurance sites, the government's Military Health System (hospitals), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, state health care organizations, and informational technology vendors.

Courses in the Health Care Informatics MSN Degree program include:
  • Health Care Research Analysis and Utilization
  • Foundations and Concepts of Health Care Informatics
  • Health Care Information Systems and Technology
  • Health Care Data Management


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Health Care Informatics (bridge) - Master of Science in Nursing
The Bridge to Master of Science in Nursing program is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor's degree in health sciences or other related fields. The program is intended to meet the needs of adult learners who already posses a bachelor's degree and an RN license who desire to pursue a graduate degree in nursing. Courses in the bridge program are a blending of RN to BSN core courses that are considered essential requisites to graduate study. Upon completion of bridge courses from the BSN core, students enter one of eight emphases offered for the Master of Science in Nursing or the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (Dual-Degree).

Courses in the Health Care Informatics (bridge) MSN Degree program include:
  • Health Care Research Analysis and Utilization
  • Foundations and Concepts of Health Care Informatics
  • Health Care Information Systems and Technology
  • Health Care Data Management


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Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems - Master of Science in Nursing
The Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems program prepares nurses for leadership roles in today's rapidly changing health care delivery systems. The program is a part-time or full-time course of study consisting of graduate nursing core courses and leadership courses taken with Master of Science Leadership (MSL) program. From the graduate nursing core courses, students gain the knowledge, values, and skills needed for advanced generalist practice in an evolving health care system. The coursework in leadership provides an overview of leadership styles and the functioning of organizations with an emphasis on communication skills required to establish and maintain effective relationships.

Courses in the Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems MSN Degree program include:
  • Organizational Development and Change
  • Leading as a General Manager
  • Servant Leadership
  • Leadership in Health Care Organizations Practicum


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Public Health (bridge) - Master of Science in Nursing
The Bridge to Master of Science in Nursing program is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor's degree in health sciences or other related fields. The program is intended to meet the needs of adult learners who already posses a bachelor's degree and an RN license who desire to pursue a graduate degree in nursing. Courses in the bridge program are a blending of RN to BSN core courses that are considered essential requisites to graduate study. Upon completion of bridge courses from the BSN core, students enter one of eight emphases offered for the Master of Science in Nursing or the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (Dual-Degree).

Courses in the Public Health (bridge) MSN Degree program include:
  • Environmental Health
  • Social, Behavioral, and Cultural Factors in Public Health
  • Public Health Administration Ethics, Policy, and Finance in the Health Care System
  • Practicum


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Professional Counseling - MS
The Master of Science in Professional Counseling is designed for individuals interested in becoming professional counselors, helping individuals with a variety of psychological, social and emotional disabilities. Individuals graduating with a professional counseling degree may be prepared for a career as a counselor, mental health counselor, marriage and family counselor, substance abuse and behavior disorder counselor, or school psychologist. As a professional counselor, you will be providing emotional support to help individuals develop trust and confidence.

The master's in counseling focuses on a variety of topics, including counseling orientation and ethics; counseling theories; addictions and substance use disorders; group counseling theory and practice; social and cultural diversity issues in counseling; psychopharmacology and addictions; human sexuality, aging, and long-term care; counseling skills in the helping relationships; human growth and development; marriage and family therapy; spousal and child abuse, crisis, and trauma counseling; tests and appraisal in counseling; career development and counseling; research methods; diagnostics, assessment, and treatment; and psychopathology and counseling.

The program's courses were selected to meet the academic requirements established by the National Board for Certified Counselors for the National Certified Counselor credential (NCC) and by Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. A master's degree in counseling is a required step in 48 states including Arizona for individuals seeking to become licensed as counselors.

Graduates from this master's in counseling program are prepared to meet the academic requirements for licensure in Arizona as a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor (LASAC) or a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC.) Additionally, graduates from most other states will be academically prepared to begin the process of seeking certification and or licensure in their home state. Licensing and or certification requirements may vary from state to state. It is the students' responsibility to check the licensing certification requirements in their respective states.

This program is not available in the following states: AR, IL, IN, KS, MO, ND, NH, NJ, OR.

Courses in the Professional Counseling MS Degree program include:
  • Spousal and Child Abuse, Crisis, and Trauma Counseling
  • Diagnostics, Assessment, and Treatment
  • Psychopathology and Counseling
  • Practicum/Internship


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Master of Public Health
The demand for public health professionals is rapidly increasing as a result of health care reform, environmental health concerns, emerging and re-emerging diseases, sociopolitical factors affecting our nation's health, and expansion of health issues that are global in scope. Professionals with the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree may hold positions of responsibility in a variety of settings, including health care facilities, county and state health departments, social service agencies, health policy and planning organizations, universities, nongovernmental organizations, governmental agencies, international health organizations, community-based health education and health promotion settings, and the corporate world. Individuals with an MPH degree are often actively involved in the coordination, planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of health programs and services. The MPH program is designed for people interested in disease prevention and community health, and is the most widely recognized professional credential for leadership positions in public health. Public health professionals draw on knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines to define, assess, and ultimately resolve public health problems. Students study theories, concepts, and principles of public health and their application. The curriculum, developed around national public health curriculum standards, uses a multidisciplinary approach that emphasizes psychological, behavioral, and social factors influencing population-based health disparities; principles of epidemiology and biostatistics; environmental public health concepts; public health administration systems and processes; and economic factors. It prepares students for an expanding range of professional opportunities and roles in public health and medicine. The MPH program culminates with a practicum and capstone project that students are able to design to best fit their area of specific interest.

Courses in the Public Health MPH Degree program include:
  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health Policy
  • Public Health Administration
  • Health Care Innovation


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Psychology / Cognition & Instruction - Doctor of Philosophy
Grand Canyon University's Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in General Psychology program offers a broad array of courses that increase the understanding of human actions in the past and present. The program prepares individuals to engage their knowledge and skills in cognition and instruction in applied settings of teaching and/or conducting psychological research in business, government, or institutions of higher education. Core areas of knowledge include history and systems of psychology, cognition, research methods, and statistics, as well as personality, abnormal, social, multicultural, and developmental psychology. Students are advised to inquire directly with their state if they intend to pursue licensure, as this degree does not lead directly to licensure in and of itself. Entry to this program requires a graduate degree and related coursework.

Courses in the Cognition & Instruction PhD Degree program include:
  • Human Learning and Cognition
  • Social Cognition
  • Cognition and Instruction
  • Biological Psychology


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Psychology / Industrial & Organizational - Doctor of Philosophy
Grand Canyon University's Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in General Psychology program offers a broad array of courses that increase the understanding of human actions in the past and present. The program prepares individuals to engage their knowledge and skills in the areas of industrial and organizational psychology in applied business-related settings. Core areas of knowledge include history and systems of psychology, cognition, research methods, and statistics, as well as personality, abnormal, social, multicultural, and developmental psychology. Students are advised to inquire directly with their state if they intend to pursue licensure, as this degree does not lead directly to licensure in and of itself. Entry to this program requires a graduate degree and related coursework.

Courses in the Industrial & Organizational PhD Degree program include:
  • Psychology of Consulting and Coaching
  • Principles of Personnel and Human Resource Management
  • Testing and Assessment in the Workplace
  • Personality Psychology
Grand Canyon University Online

Founded in 1949, Grand Canyon University is an accredited, private, Christian university located in Phoenix, AZ. The University offers online and campus-based bachelor's and master's degree programs through the Ken Blanchard College of Business, College of Education, College of Nursing, College of Entrepreneurship and College of Liberal Arts. With an online and campus-based enrollment of more than 12,000, GCU emphasizes individual attention for both traditional and undergraduate students, as well as the working professional.

Grand Canyon University is consistently listed in US News and World Report and the Student Guide to America 's 100 Best College Buys

Course Schedules:

Based on semesters of 16 weeks each. Students can earn 6 credit hrs per semester, by taking one course at a time. Each course takes 8 weeks. Students are expected to access the virtual classroom 4 times per week.
Financing Options:

Checks and credit card payments are accepted.

The ECSI Tuition Payment Plan allows students to make monthly payments without interest or finance charges.

GCU offers a scholarship to active and veteran military, equaling $250/credit hour regardless of the program they enter. There are numerous military benefits from the government based on military status at the time of departure from the service as well as for active duty. There are several VA educational benefits a student may utilize at GCU such as the Montgomery GI Bill , Tuition Assistance (Top-Up), Tutorial Assistance, and Vocational Rehabilitation.

Employers offering to pay for tuition directly can use Direct Bill to pay GCU directly.

GCU also participates in a variety of financial aid programs.

GCU offers a special group of scholarships specifically for online students.
Accreditation:

Grand Canyon University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (NCA).