Nursing

Chairperson: Lin Murphy
Professor: N. Crogan-Pomilla, S. Norwood
Associate Professor: N. Beckham, A. Dupler
Assistant Professors: D. Abendroth, M. Gorski, L. Miklush, L. Murphy, J. Ramirez, J. Tiedt
Senior Lecturer: D. Smith
Lecturers: S. Harrison, A. Hedger, K. Manion, J. Miller, B. Senger, L. Tochterman, N. Tucker

Introduction

Grounded in Jesuit and Nursing values, the pre-licensure BSN program offered by the Department of Nursing prepares students to be able to practice as registered nurses in a variety of settings. 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.


Program Overview

Most students are admitted to the pre-licensure BSN program as freshmen. At the time they submit their applications to Gonzaga University, prospective students indicate their interest in the nursing major. If offered admission to GU, they then undergo a second review by the Nursing Department before being accepted as nursing majors. As freshman nursing majors, students begin the process of completing the GU core requirements and the nursing pre-requisite courses. They have the option of selecting either an 8- or 9-semester option for completion of the BSN degree. The 9-semester option allows students more flexibility to earn a minor, study abroad, learn a foreign language, or retake a course if necessary without compromising their status in the program.

Current GU freshman or sophomore students who elect to change their majors to nursing are admitted on a space available basis. Information about application deadlines and procedures can be obtained from the Department of Nursing.

Transfer students who are "major-ready" may also apply for admission to the pre-licensure BSN program. This means they have completed all of the nursing prerequisites, statistics, and the lower division nursing courses and are ready to begin upper division nursing courses. These students may only apply in the fall for admission the following spring semester. If offered admission to GU, transfer students undergo a second review by the Nursing Department before being accepted as nursing majors.

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.


Admission Requirements

Admission to the pre-licensure BSN program is competitive and selective. Not everyone who applies can be accommodated. There are two ways to enter the BSN degree program for initial licensure:

Freshman Admission: The majority of students are admitted to the BSN program as freshmen. In the fall of their senior year in high school, students apply for admission to the BSN program through GU's normal admission process. The decision to admit a student to the BSN program as a freshman is based on consideration of the student's overall portfolio including:

1. Cumulative GPA and grade trends
2. Four years of math and science courses
3. SAT/ACT scores
4. Work or volunteer experience in healthcare
5. Two letters of recommendation
6. Written essay

During their first two years at Gonzaga, students need to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.9, achieve a minimum grade of "C" (2.0) in all of the nursing pre-requisite and lower division courses with the exception of Biology 105 and Chemistry 101 and their respective labs. These two courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C-." If a student receives less than the required grade in any of the pre-requisite or lower division nursing courses, the student may retake one of these courses one time only. Continuation to the upper division BSN program is contingent upon successful completion of the first two years of college coursework.

Admission as a "Major-Ready" Student:
A smaller number of "major-ready" GU and/or transfer students may be admitted in spring of each year if space is available.

Eligible transfer students must first be admitted to Gonzaga University and are then eligible to apply for admission to the BSN nursing program. They must have completed or be in the process of completing all GU nursing pre-requisite courses at the time their applications are submitted. Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the nursing major. Transfer applicants are admitted on a space available basis, and the following criteria will be examined:

1. Cumulative GPA with particular emphasis on science courses
2. Achievement of a "C" or better in all nursing pre-requisite course work
3. Meeting the algebra proficiency requirement at the community college level either through proficiency testing or completion of an intermediate algebra course

All courses submitted for transfer credit approval must be from a regionally accredited institution, must show a grade of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, must represent college-level course work, and must be academic in nature for acceptance by the University. Students may not transfer more than 64 semester credits or 96 quarter credits from a two-year college. Students transferring to GU with 64 semester credits from a community college may not return to a two-year college for any additional transfer credits. All transfer students must complete at least 30 semester credits at Gonzaga University immediately preceding their graduation from the University.

Eligible GU students will be admitted on a space available basis, and the following criteria will be examined:

1. Cumulative GPA with particular emphasis on science courses
2. Completion of a minimum of 45 semester credits (meaning applicants will have completed at least three semesters of course work)
3. Completion of GU nursing pre-requisites (or the student is enrolled in the required pre-requisites at the time of application)
4. Earned a grade of "C" or better in all nursing pre-requisite and lower division nursing courses with the exception of Biology 105 and Chemistry 101 and their respective labs. The student must earn a minimum grade of "C-" in these courses.
5. Only one pre-requisite or lower division nursing course may have been repeated one time only.

Evaluation Criteria

To be considered for admission to the BSN program, "major-ready" GU and/or transfer students must submit:

1. A typewritten personal statement addressing the following:

a. Reasons for desiring a BSN degree and for their specific interest in Gonzaga's nursing program
b. Professional goals in nursing after graduation
c. Strengths, leadership experiences, relevant work experiences, community service, and significant accomplishments that are relevant to their future success in the nursing program

2.Resume following the format outlined in the application packet
3. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant's ability to succeed in the nursing program. At least one recommendation must be from a college professor/instructor. A form for this purpose is included in the BSN application packet.

 


B.S. in Nursing: 128 credits
Sample First Year
Fall
ENGL 101 English Composition 3 credits
SPCO 101 Speech 2 credits
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
3 credits
RELI 100 level 3 credits
PSYC 101 General Psychology 3 credits
NURS 100 Nursing Perspectives (optional) 1 credit
Spring
CHEM 101/CHEM 101L General Chemistry and Lab
4 credits
RELI 200 level 3 credits
BIOL 105, BIOL 105L Information Flow in Biological Systems and Lab 4 credits
PHIL 101 Philosophy of Human Nature 2 credits
ENGL 102-ENGL 106 English Literature 3 credits
Sample Second Year
Fall
HPHY 241/HPHY 241L Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab 4 credits
MATH 121 (or BUSN 230) Statistics 3 credits
PHIL 301 Ethics 3 credits
NURS 210 Growth and Development
3 credits
PHIL 201 Philosophy of Human Nature 3 credits
Spring
HPHY 242/HPHY 242L Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab 4 credits
HPHY 244 Nutrition and Metabolism 3 credits
NURS 200 Professional Nursing in a Complex Adaptive System 3 credits
RELI 300 level
3 credits
BIOL 170/BIOL 170L Microbiology and Lab 4 credits
Third Year
Fall
NURS 311 Professional and Therapeutic Communication 2 credits
NURS 314 Assessing and Promoting Wellness 4 credits
NURS 315 Practicum I: Healthy Individuals, Families, and Communities 5 credits
NURS 316 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I 4 credits
NURS 317 Complexity of the Healthcare System 2 credits
Spring
NURS 351 Care of Individuals and Families in Healthcare Organizations 4 credits
NURS 352 Practicum II: Care of Individuals and Families within Healthcare Organizations 5 credits
NURS 356 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II 3 credits
NURS 357 Complexity of Healthcare Organizations 2 credits
NURS 404 Research and Information Management 3 credits
Fourth Year
Fall
NURS 402 Acute and Chronic Alterations in Health Status 4 credits
NURS 403 Practicum III: Acute and Chronic Alterations in Health Status 6 credits
NURS 417 Designing, Managing, and Coordinating Care in a Complex Adaptive System 2 credits
PHIL 455 Healthcare Ethics 3 credits
Spring
NURS 465 Professional Nursing within a Complex Adaptive System 3 credits
NURS 466 Community and Populations as Clients 4 credits
NURS 467 Practicum IV: Community and Populations as Clients 3 credits
NURS 468 Practicum V: Member of the Nursing Profession 3 credits
Elective (Social Justice) 3 credits


RN to MSN Program

(for Registered Nurses)

The RN to MSN program offers the licensed registered nurse with a diploma or an associate's degree in nursing the opportunity to earn a master's degree in nursing in less time and with fewer credits than would be required if completing separate BSN and MSN degrees. The MSN is the degree awarded, and there is no option for earning a separate BSN degree. In an effort to meet the needs of working registered nurses, the program is offered in a distance delivery format. Students complete ten courses (30 credits) that "bridge" them to the master's level courses.

Once the "bridge" courses have been successfully completed, students progress immediately to the master's level courses. At the master's level, there is an emphasis on preparation for an advanced role as either a Nurse Educator or Health Systems Leader. Grounded in Jesuit and Nursing values, the 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.

Admission Requirements RN to MSN Program

At the time of application to the RN to MSN program, the applicant also applies for admission to Gonzaga University. The applicant must have an associate's degree in nursing from an accredited college or a diploma in nursing from a state-approved program and must submit one official transcript from each college, university, and nursing program attended. The decision to admit an applicant to the RN to MSN program is based on consideration of the individual's overall portfolio including:

1)    Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale)
2)    Evidence of a current unencumbered RN license
3)    Current curriculum vitae (CV)
4)    Two letters of recommendation from individuals such as employers, colleagues, or professors who can attest to the applicant’s leadership, interpersonal skills, professional practice, critical thinking and judgment, and potential for    
        advanced study
5)    Satisfactory score on the Miller Analogy Test or the Graduate Record Exam within the last five years
6)    Typewritten statement (maximum 500 words) that describes the applicant’s:
        a)    Interest in the RN to MSN Program and specific MSN option, e.g., nurse educator or health systems leader
        b)    Professional goals
        c)    personal and professional strengths
        d)    Professional experiences
7)    Non-native English speakers are required to provide proof of English proficiency.  Gonzaga University accepts the following:
        a)    Score of 6.5 or better on the IELTS\
        b)    Official TOEFL score of at least 88 ibt or 580 pbt
        c)    Completion of an associate's degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing from an institution where English is the primary medium of instruction.
8)    Submission of a financial declaration and supporting documentation by international applicants

  • Degree Requirements

    The RN to MSN program requires the completion of ten "bridge courses (30 credits) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to progress to MSN-level course work.

    Bridge Courses: 30 Credits

    PHIL 280 Person and Conduct (Nursing) 3 credits
    Religious Studies Course 3 credits
    NURS 312 Professional Concepts in Nursing 3 credits
    NURS 320 Statistics 3 credits
    NURS 354 Creating Healthy Work Environments 3 credits
    NURS 355 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3 credits
    NURS 360 Holistic Health Assessment/Health Promotion 3 credits
    NURS 406 Nursing Research 3 credits
    NURS 463 Community Health 3 credits
    NURS 464 Community Health Practicum 3 credits


    Graduate MSN Courses: 36 Credits

    Students who have successfully completed the "bridge" courses and achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 progress directly to the MSN level courses (see the Graduate Catalogue for specific program description)