Phoenix • 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.
The new cohort program, which will begin offering classes this week, is located at 10484 W. Thunderbird Blvd., directly across from Banner Boswell Medical Center.
Courses in the pre-licensure program, RN to BSN and Masters of Science in Nursing will be offered.
In addition to its main campus in Phoenix, Grand Canyon also has cohort programs at A.T. Still University in Mesa, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix and Scottsdale Health Care, as well as sites in Tucson and Albuquerque, N.M.
“It takes a village to raise a nurse,” said Dr. Roni (Kerns) Collazo, 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.”
Grand Canyon’s pre-licensure program has been in existence for more than 30 years.
In 2012, GCU’s nursing graduates achieved a 97 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examinations, which are required to receive a professional nursing license.
The 21,000-square-foot Banner Boswell cohort site includes four classrooms, a computer lab, a state-of-the-art skills lab and a state-of-the-art simulation area that includes four patient rooms, a nurses’ station and a home health apartment. In addition, the facility includes three quiet study rooms for students, a student lounge with views of Sun Lake and a patio area facing the lake.
The building was originally a country club before being converted to a nursing cohort program for Mesa Community College nine years ago.
“We’re thrilled to be a part of an educational partnership with Grand Canyon University,” said Paulette Compton, Nursing Program director for Banner Health. Grand Canyon will admit 40 students three times a 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 2014.
Students interested in future admissions should call Marshall Moore with Grand Canyon at 602-639-6670 or visit www.gcu.edu.
The BSN program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.