Master of Science in Nursing
for Bachelor's Prepared Registered Nurses
Nurse Educator: 36 credits (360 practicum hours). Campus visits: no campus visits during 500 level course work and one on-campus visit during final practicum course.
Health Systems Leadership: 36 credits (360 practicum hours). Campus visits: no campus visits during 500 level course work and one on-campus visit during final practicum course.
Family Nurse Practitioner: applications are no longer being accepted. The final cohort of students has already been accepted for Spring 2013.
Psychiatric-Mental Health: applications are no longer being accepted. The final cohort of students has already been accepted for Fall 2012.
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is organized around two key components: the Nursing Leadership Core and the Nursing Practice Core. The Nursing Leadership Core provides the theoretical foundation common to all areas of practice. The Nursing Practice Core provides the theoretical foundation for role development in a specialized area.
The aim of the MSN program is to prepare professional nurses with the knowledge, skills, and values essential for advanced nursing practice and leadership in the future and current health care systems and to meet the health care needs of consumers, especially the underserved, in a wide variety of settings. The program is grounded in the theme of leadership and integrates theory and research in nursing and related fields to provide a broad base for advanced practice nursing. The program stresses critical inquiry and analysis in the academic environment and application of theory and research in diverse practice settings.
Because it is intended to meet the needs of working registered nurses, the MSN program is delivered through on-campus and distance learning formats and accommodates full-time or part-time enrollment. The distributive learning format combines a variety of strategies for course delivery, clinical experiences in distance sites local to students, and participation on campus at scheduled intervals.
The majority of students enroll in 6-7 credits per semester. In some cases, the course load may be adjusted for faster or slower progression within limits of course availability. All degree requirements must be completed within five years of acceptance into and enrollment in the program. Students are encouraged to meet with their assigned academic advisor early in their program to develop a tentative plan for progress. The MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Applications for the Nurse Educator and Health Systems Leadership options are available online at www.gonzagaonline.com and are reviewed as they are received.
Application packets for the Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric-Mental Health options are no longer available.
Admission decisions are based upon the applicant's total profile and space available. Selection is based on:
» completed application;
» an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited school;
» current unencumbered Registered Nurse license;
» minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
» current professional vita
» official score from Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or GRE
» personal statement describing
- interest in the program and purpose of achieving a MSN degree,
- professional goals,
- professional experiences
» two satisfactory letters of recommendation
Department of Nursing Tilford Center
502 E. Boone Ave.
Spokane, WA 99258-2616
Phone: (509) 313-3569
DNP Admission Contacts
Adrian Reyes & Jenny Keenan
MSN & Graduate Admission Contacts
Adrian Reyes & Jenny Keenan
BSN & Undergraduate Contact