Chairperson: Lin Murphy
Professor: S. Norwood
Associate Professor: N. Beckham
Assistant Professors: D. Abendroth, M. Gorski, L. Miklush, L. Murphy, J. Ramirez, J. Tiedt
Senior Lecturer: D. Smith
Lecturers: W. Buenzli, J. Doyle, A. Hedger, B. Senger, L. Tochterman, N. Tucker
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 less complex healthcare needs in organizations with minimal complexity. As they progress in the program, they learn to care for individuals, families, and populations with increasingly more complex healthcare needs and in highly complex organizational settings.
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 spots in the program.
Current GU freshman or sophomore students who elect to change their majors to nursing will be able to apply 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 on a space available basis. 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 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 courses with the exception of Biology 101 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 courses, the student may retake one pre-requisite course 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 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 will be reviewed 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. As of fall 2012, any transfer students requesting admission to the upper division nursing major must have completed Anatomy and Physiology I (HPHY 241 and Lab), Anatomy and Physiology II (HPHY 242 and Lab), and Nutrition and Metabolism (HPHY 244) from an accredited 4-year college or 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 reviewed 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 courses with the exception of Biology 101 and Chemistry 101 and their respective labs. The student must earn a minimum grade of "C-" in these courses.
5. Pre-requisite courses may have been repeated one time only.
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
|ENGL 101 English Composition||3 credits|
|SPCO 101 Speech||2 credits|
|SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
|RELI 100 level||3 credits|
|BIOL 101/BIOL 101L Diversity of Life and Lab||4 credits|
|NURS 100 Nursing Perspectives (optional)||1 credit|
|CHEM 101/CHEM 101L General Chemistry and Lab
|RELI 200 level||3 credits|
|PSYC 101 General Psychology||3 credits|
|PHIL 101 Philosophy of Human Nature||2 credits|
|ENGL 102-ENGL 106 English Literature||3 credits|
|Sample Second Year
|HPHY 241/HPHY 241L Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab||4 credits|
|MATH 121 (or BUSN 230) Statistics||3 credits|
|BIOL 170/BIOL 170L Microbiology and Lab
|NURS 210 Growth and Development
|PHIL 201 Philosophy of Human Nature||3 credits|
|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
|PHIL 301 Ethics||3 credits|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
(for Registered Nurses)
RN to MSN Program
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:
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale)
- Evidence of a current unencumbered RN license
- Current curriculum vitae (CV)
- 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
- Satisfactory score on the Miller Analogy Test or the Graduate Record Exam within the last five years
- 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
- 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.
- Submission of a financial declaration and supporting documentation by international applicants
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)