Master of Science in Nursing / Acute Care Nurse Practitioner / Adult Gerontology (Bridge)
Grand Canyon University

Program Details

Experienced RN’s who have a bachelor’s degree in another field can pursue the Bridge program from Grand Canyon University for an accelerated path to their MSN in Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with an emphasis in Adult-Gerontology. The program teaches students the foundations of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of critically ill adult and geriatric patients.

Multiple clinical practicums and labs emphasize the physiological and psychosocial impact of illness on patients, their families, and the community at large. Students participate in two on-campus experiences to gain hands-on skills, collaborate with peers, and prepare for national certification exams. 

The MSN Bridge pathway includes coursework in:

  • Health assessment
  • Applied statistics for healthcare professionals
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Community and public health
  • Pathophysiology

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100% Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Grand Canyon University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Grand Canyon University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s)

Additional Info

  • The MSN bridge program curriculum includes six courses developed to bridge the gap from bachelor- to master's-level study.
  • Designed for RN's who have bachelors degrees in a field outside of nursing who want to earn their MSN.
  • Possess a current unencumbered, unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN)

Clinical, practicum, and immersion hours are completed locally.

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