Grand Canyon University

M.S. in Nursing: Health Care Quality & Patient Safety (Bridge)


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S. in Nursing: Health Care Quality & Patient Safety (Bridge)

Format: Online

Program Description:

Advance Your Nursing Career with GCU's MSN Bridge Pathway

Grand Canyon University’s (GCU’s) MSN bridge pathway with a health care quality and patient safety emphasis was created by the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions to support registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees in fields other than nursing. Students who complete this bridge pathway are eligible to enroll in GCU’s MSN with an Emphasis in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety program to complete your degree and further advance your studies.

Make an Impact in the Lives of Others Through Improved Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety

Enrolling in GCU’s MSN bridge pathway with a health care quality and patient safety emphasis teaches registered nurses how to improve the quality and safety of nursing. In this pathway, you will examine ways to improve patient outcomes and healthcare quality from all aspects. You will explore the quality improvement process, examine models used to improve health care quality and be taught about change management.

Prepare for Your Master’s Degree in Nursing Through an Online Bridge Pathway¹

GCU’s Master of Science in Nursing with a health care quality and patient safety emphasis is offered in an online format. Taking courses online can provide you with the same instruction, resources and support you can expect from GCU. Complete your healthcare quality and safety bridge pathway online while taking advantage of the flexibility and convenience that this modality offers.1

Explore Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Course Topics

In GCU’s master’s in nursing with healthcare quality and patient safety emphasis bridge pathway, you will complete seven courses and focus on differentiated nursing practice competencies, methods of health history taking, physical examination skills, nursing conceptual models, professional accountability, integrating spirituality into practice, group dynamics, critical thinking and more.

To complete this bridge pathway, you must pass courses surrounding the following topics:

    Dynamics of nursing practice
    Health assessment
    Applied statistics
    Nursing research
    Concepts in community of public health

Advanced Nursing Career Opportunities in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety

GCU’s MSN bridge pathway with a health care quality and patient safety emphasis is ideal for registered nurses without BSNs looking to set themselves apart and position themselves for possible career advancement in healthcare. This bridge pathway helps you gain the foundational knowledge that you'll need to apply for the MSN degree program.

1 Excludes programs with residencies and practicums.

2 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2022, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Healthcare Occupations, retrieved on April 28, 2023.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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