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GCU adds 7th nursing cohort site

Partnership with Banner Health makes program possible in Sun City

Monday October 14, 2013
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Grand Canyon University has added a seventh cohort site within its College of Nursing and Health Care Professions after partnering with Banner Health to create a nursing program in Sun City, Ariz. The new cohort program, which began offering classes Aug. 26, is located directly across from Banner Boswell Medical Center. Courses in the pre-licensure program, RN to BSN and MSN
are offered.

In addition to its main campus in Phoenix, GCU also has cohort programs at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Ariz., St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix and Scottsdale (Ariz.) Healthcare, as well as sites in Tucson, Ariz., and Albuquerque, N.M.


Nursing students (from left to right) Ashley Thompson, Alicia Gromer, Mariah White, Chiamaka (Amy) Ibeabuchi, Jeff Miller and digital art student Alexis Bolze in the computer lab at the new GCU campus in Sun City, Ariz.
(Photo courtesy of GCU)
“It takes a village to raise a nurse,” said Roni Kerns Collazo, RN, MSN, PhD, director of the BSN program at Banner Boswell. “We are grateful for the collaboration between Banner Health, Sun Health Foundation and the surrounding communities to provide the best nursing education possible as we create nurses for
our future.”

GCU’s pre-licensure program has been in existence for more than 30 years and is well-respected, according to a news release.

The 21,000-square-foot Banner Boswell cohort site includes four classrooms, a computer lab, a skills lab and a simulation area that includes four patient rooms, a nurses’ station and a home health apartment. In addition, the facility includes three quiet study rooms, a student lounge and a patio.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of an educational partnership with Grand Canyon University,” said Paulette Compton, RN, MSN, MC, nursing program director for Banner Health. “Banner Health is dedicated to its mission of providing excellent patient care. To help reach that goal, we’re aiming to increase the number of BSN RNs working here through a partnership with Grand Canyon University to provide a pre-licensure RN-to-BSN program.”

GCU will admit 40 students three times per year at the Banner Boswell site for the pre-licensure program. The first class for this fall is already full and will graduate in
December of 2014.