Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) for individuals seeking initial preparation and licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN)

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in our nursing undergraduate program at Gonzaga University.  Gonzaga's Nursing program is one of the most competitive programs on campus.  If you are not admitted into nursing as a freshman, you may not become a nursing major while at Gonzaga.

Grounded in Jesuit and Nursing traditions, the pre-licensure BSN nursing program offered by the Department of Nursing at Gonzaga University focuses on the values of servant leadership, social justice, community, and reflective practice. Students learn to promote health, to care for patients with acute and chronic illnesses, and to support patients and their families at the end of life. The BSN program builds on the curricular themes of servant leadership, social justice, community, and reflective practice. The concept of Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) serves as the organizing framework for the curriculum. One application of this concept is that students initially care for individuals with more predictable healthcare needs. As they progress in the program, they learn to care for individuals, families, and populations with increasingly more complex healthcare needs in highly complex organizational settings. 
 

BSN Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates are able to assume a generalist nursing role with their practice grounded in the principles and processes of:

  • safe, competent and ethical care
  • effective communication
  • leadership
  • professionalism

Program Overview

Students are admitted to the pre-licensure BSN program as freshmen.  At the time they submit their applications to Gonzaga University, nursing applicants must indicate "Nursing" as their first academic interest on the Common Application. Nursing applicants are also required to complete "Section V" of the Common Application Gonzaga Student Supplement. If offered admission to GU, they then undergo a second review before being accepted as nursing majors. Those not admitted into nursing as freshmen may not become a nursing major at Gonzaga.

As freshman nursing majors, students begin the process of completing the GU core requirements and the nursing pre-requisite courses. 

Due to availability of quality clinical placements, not all students can begin practicum (clinical) experiences in the fall. Half of the students begin their practicum experiences in the fall and half will wait until the spring of their junior year to do so.  Howeverfreshman nursing students are given the opportunity toward the end of their freshman year to request to begin the upper division courses in the fall or spring semester of the junior year.  If more students request the fall semester than can be accommodated, the final determination is based on cumulative GPA in the pre-requisite courses

Students who start the upper division nursing courses in the spring of their junior year have the following options: spreading their course work over nine semesters, taking a leave of absence for a semester (if prerequisites are completed within the first four semesters), or applying to study abroad in the fall semester of their junior year. This 9-semester option also allows these students an opportunity to complete a minor, study a foreign language, or repeat a course if necessary.

Once students begin their upper division nursing courses, they also complete a series of practicum courses that introduce them to professional nursing practice in a variety of healthcare settings. The program also prepares students to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) after graduation, which is a requirement for licensure as a registered nurse.

Faculty

Chairperson: Lin Murphy
Professors: N. Crogan-Pomilla
S. Norwood
Associate Professors: N. Beckham, A. Dupler
Assistant Professors: D. Abendroth, M. Gorski, L. Miklush, L. Murphy, J. Ramirez, J. Tiedt
Senior Lecturer: D. Smith
Lecturers: J. Derzay, J. Garrity, S. Harrison, K. Manion, P. Means, J. Miller, V. Navarro, D. Ogorek, B. Senger, L. Tochterman

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS
DNP & Graduate Admission Contact
Virtual Campus Admissions
Phone: (866) 380-5323
Email: guonlineadmissions@gonzaga.edu

BSN & Undergraduate Admission Contact
Marcy Heldt, Program Assistant
Department of Nursing
Phone:(509) 313-3580
Email: heldt@gonzaga.edu

CURRENT STUDENTS
DNP Program Contact

Cindy Arlt, Program Assistant
Department of Nursing
Phone:
(509) 313-3588
Email: arltc@gonzaga.edu

MSN: Nurse Practitioner Programs Contact
Molly Wood, Clinical Coordinator Specialist
Department of Nursing
Phone: (509) 313-6640
Email:
woodm@gonzaga.edu

MSN: HSL & Nurse Ed Programs Contact
Ana Chavez, Program Assistant
Department of Nursing
Phone: (509) 313-3548
Email: chaveza@gonzaga.edu

RN to MSN Program Contact
Ana Chavez, Program Assistant
Department of Nursing
Phone:
(509) 313-3548
Email:
chaveza@gonzaga.edu

BSN Program Contact
Marcy Heldt, BSN Program Coordinator
Department of Nursing
Phone: (509) 313-3580
Email:
heldt@gonzaga.edu