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 will 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 role in nursing with their practice grounded in the principles and processes of:

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

Students are admitted as a freshman to the pre-licensure BSN program. At the time of application to Gonzaga University, nursing applicants must indicate "Nursing" as their first academic interest on the Common Application. Nursing applicants also are required to complete "Section V" of the Common Application Gonzaga Student Supplement. If offered admission to Gonzaga, the applicant undergoes a second review before being accepted as nursing majors. Those not admitted into nursing as freshmen will not later be considered for nursing at Gonzaga.

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

Due to the 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.  However, freshman nursing students can request to begin their upper division courses in either the fall or spring semester of their junior year.  If more students request the fall semester rather than spring, the final determination is based on earned cumulative GPA from pre-requisite courses.

Students who start the upper division nursing courses in the spring of their junior year will have the following options:

  1. Spreading their course work over nine semesters;
  2. Taking a leave of absence for a semester (if prerequisites are completed within the first four semesters); or
  3. 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.