Doctor of Nursing Practice

Chairperson: Lin Murphy
Professors: 
N. CroganS. Boysen, M. McFarland (Emeritus) 
Associate Professors: 
L. MurphyJ. RamirezJ. Tiedt
Assistant Professors: N. DhanaswarJ. IsaacsonC. Kottwitz, K. Manion, D. OgorekJ. OwensB. Senger
Senior Lecturer: 
N. BeckhamD. Smith
Lecturers: 
A. Argyle, C. Chacon, M. DeNysschen, J. Derzay, D. Doud, S. Edwards, J. Garrity, D. Jacobson, K. Magonigle, C. McGuire, D. Peck, K. SlaterL. Torretta

Introduction

The Department of Nursing offers two pathways to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree: post-baccalaureate DNP and post-master’s DNP. Nurses with a bachelor’s degree and a Registered Nurse license can apply for admission to the post-baccalaureate DNP option and one of the specialty nurse practitioner tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner (75 credits) or Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (75 credits). Nurses with a master’s degree in nursing that prepared them as an advanced practice nurse, such as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist, or in an advanced role, such as a health systems leader/nurse administrator, can apply for admission to the post-master's DNP option (minimum 31 credits).  The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is consistent with the mission of Gonzaga University and the overall mission of the Department of Nursing, which is to prepare nurses for leadership in the service of others. Graduates of Gonzaga's DNP program are prepared to engage in systems thinking to solve complex problems, translate evidence to improve health care practices and population health, lead quality improvement and change initiatives, and demonstrate effective intra-professional collaboration.

Gonzaga's DNP program is offered in an online distance delivery format with scheduled on-campus immersions. This format enables nurses in geographically isolated areas and those who are unable to attend an on-campus program to pursue advanced nursing education and still continue to provide much-needed nursing services in their home communities while completing graduate studies. Graduates are qualified to take the national certification examinations for their areas of specialization. National certification is a requirement for licensure as a nurse practitioner in most states. Students are responsible for checking state mandates for practice while in the student role and in an advanced nursing role.

Program Overview

Post-Baccalaureate DNP Option

 

This online program is available to Registered Nurses who have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing or have a bachelor’s degree in another field and are licensed as Registered Nurses. Nurses with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of four pre-requisite nursing courses prior to starting the DNP courses. The DNP courses are offered in a distance delivery format in fall, spring, and summer sessions.

The post-baccalaureate DNP requires the completion of a minimum of 75 credit hours depending on the selected specialty track. The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner tracks require the completion of 75 credits, while students in the Adult/Gerontology track must complete 76 credits (students are not currently being admitted to this track). Students in all tracks must complete a minimum of 1000 practicum hours in order to earn the DNP degree. The majority of the practicum hours (approximately 660 hours) are spent learning the NP specialty role and the remaining 360 hours involve completion of a DNP project focused on improving an identified practice issue. Students are required to participate in a total of seven or eight on-campus immersions (depending on their specialty track).

Admission Requirements:

At the time of application to the post-baccalaureate DNP program, the applicant also applies for admission to Gonzaga University. The applicant must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, be licensed as a Registered Nurse, and submit one official transcript from each college, university, and/or nursing program attended. Students who are admitted without a bachelor’s degree in nursing are required to take foundational nursing courses before completing graduate-level courses, e.g., statistics, research, and community health nursing. Students applying to the post-baccalaureate DNP option must reside in one of the following Western states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming. The decision to admit an applicant to the DNP program is based on consideration of the individual's overall portfolio including:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. An unencumbered RN license from the state where practicum courses will be completed.
  3. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) from bachelor’s level courses of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. An official transcript from every college and university and/or nursing program attended (only courses from regionally accredited institutions will be accepted).
  5. Curriculum vitae (CV).
  6. Three letters of recommendation. One must be from a supervisor who is able to evaluate current competency in nursing and the candidate's potential for nursing practice at the most advanced level. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have one letter from a former college/university nursing professor who can attest to the candidate's potential for academic success in a doctoral program. (Those applying to the FNP track are required to have a letter of recommendation from a supervisor.)
  7. A typewritten personal statement that addresses:
    1. The candidate’s reasons for pursuing a DNP degree at Gonzaga University and how the program will prepare the candidate to meet his/her professional goals.
    2. Experiences and background that have prepared the candidate to be successful while pursuing a doctoral degree.
    3. Interest in specific track within the DNP program (FNP or PMHNP)
    4. Clinical issue/problem to be addressed in a DNP project:
      1. A description of the identified clinical problem or issue and how it was identified
      2. What change the applicant proposes to implement.
      3. How the applicant envisions that improvement in the practice problem/clinical issue will make a difference in the quality of health and/or the healthcare system.
  8. Non-native English speakers are required to provide proof of English proficiency. Gonzaga accepts the following:
    1. Score of 6.5 or better on the IELTS, or
    2. Official TOEFL score of at least 88 ibt or 580 pbt.

All students must pass a national background check that will be completed upon acceptance into the program.  Students are referred to the relevant Department of Nursing Student Handbook for a more detailed overview of requirements and expectations.  There are separate handbooks for the BSN, MSN, and DNP programs.

Degree Requirements:

Required Courses for All Post-Baccalaureate DNP Tracks: 50 credits

All of the core courses are offered online and must be completed for all of the specialty tracks.
Core: 6 credits
NURS 561 Information Technology and Data Management 3 credits
NURS 563 Evidence-Based Practice 3 credits
Nurse Practitioner Core: 10 credits  
NURS 523 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 credits
NURS 524 Advanced Pharmacology 3 credits
NURS 600 Advanced Health Assessment 3 credits
NURS 601 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum 1 credit
DNP Courses: 34 credits (minimum) 
NURS 700 Theoretical Foundations of Doctor of Nursing Practice 3 credits
NURS 701 DNP Practicum I: Application of Evidence-Based Practice 1-3 credits
NURS 702 DNP Practicum II: Application of Evidence-Based Practice 1-3 credits
NURS 703 DNP Practicum III: Application of Evidence-Based Practice 1-3 credits
NURS 704 DNP Practicum IV: Application of Evidence-Based Practice 1-3 credits
NURS 705 DNP Immersion 1 credit
NURS 708 Inferential Statistics 3 credits
NURS 710 Population-Focused Care 3 credits
NURS 720 Evidence Synthesis for Practice 3 credits
NURS 730 Clinical Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation 3 credits
NURS 740 Quality Improvement, Information Management, and Leadership in Health Care 3 credits
NURS 750 Health Policy and Advocacy 3 credits
NURS 761 Integrative Application of Evidence for Advanced Practice Seminar I 2 credits
NURS 762 Integrative Application of Evidence for Advanced Practice Seminar II 2 credits
NURS 763 Integrative Application of Evidence for Advanced Practice Seminar III 1 credit
NURS 764 Integrative Application of Evidence for Advanced Practice Seminar IV 1 credit

Family Nurse Practitioner (75 credits)

This track prepares nurse practitioners to provide a holistic approach to primary care for individuals across the life span, from infants to older adults, and to manage a wide variety of acute and chronic health problems. FNPs typically practice in primary care settings, such as private practices, clinics, urgent care centers, and community health centers. Students in this track must complete a total of 75 credits to earn a DNP degree. The didactic courses are offered online. Students complete the required 1000 hours of practicum in their home communities working at a site and with a preceptor approved by faculty.

When students begin their practicum courses, they are required to participate in eight on-campus immersions. Six of the immersions are associated with the FNP practicum courses and emphasize health assessment, diagnostic reasoning, skill development, and the demonstration of competence in the NP role. These immersions are two to three days in length. . Two immersions are associated with orienting to the DNP role and DNP project. The student must participate in an orientation immersion during the first semester of DNP coursework and a second immersion during the first DNP practicum course. Each immersion is two to three days in length. The first immersion provides an overview of the DNP program and courses, introduction to campus resources and Jesuit education, scholarly writing, foundations of the DNP role, and the DNP project. The second immersion covers development of a DNP project plan, expectations for the DNP project practicum courses, composition of the DNP Project Committee, Institutional Review Board requirements, the proposal defense, and an introduction to faculty and their specific research interests.

Students residing in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana have at least one site visit from a clinical faculty during each FNP practicum course.  Students living outside of this four-state region are required to arrange for an additional on-campus day in conjunction with one of the immersions during each practicum course in order to complete the faculty site visit requirement.

The completion of a DNP project that improves practice is also a requirement. At the completion of the program, students must take the FNP certification exam, which, if passed, makes them eligible for an advanced practice license.

FNP Specialty Courses: 25 credits – must complete 10 credits of practicum 
NURS 651P Primary Care: Gender-Based 2 credits
NURS 652P Primary Care: Infant/Child/Adolescent 3 credits
NURS 653P Primary Care: Adult/Geriatric I 4 credits
NURS 654P Primary Care: Adult/Geriatric II 3 credits
NURS 661P Primary Care Practicum: Gender-Based 1-3 credits
NURS 662P Primary Care Practicum: Infant/Child/Adolescent 2-3 credits
NURS 663P Primary Care Practicum: Adult/Geriatric I 3-4 credits
NURS 664P Primary Care Practicum: Adult/Geriatric II 2-4 credits
NURS 683P Primary Care Practicum Extension (if needed) 1 credit
Electives – Must take one 3 credit elective
NURS 670 Psychopharmacology 3 credits
NURS 671 Care of the Frail Elder 3 credits
NURS 672 Mental Health in Advanced Practice 3 credits

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (75 credits)

This track prepares nurse practitioners to care for individuals across the life span in need of mental health care and treatment. PMHNPs are prepared to provide psychotherapy and prescribed medications and other psychiatric treatment interventions. PMHNPs typically practice in primary care settings, such as private practices, mental health clinics, psychiatric hospitals, and community mental health centers. Students in this track must complete a total of 75 credits to earn a DNP degree. The didactic courses are offered online. Students complete the required 1000 hours of practicum in their home communities working at a site and with a preceptor approved by faculty.

When students begin their practicum courses, they are required to participate in seven on-campus immersions. Five of the immersions are associated with the PMHNP practicum courses and emphasize health assessment, diagnostic reasoning, development of skill in behavioral therapy, and the demonstration of competence in the NP role. These immersions are two days in length. Two immersions are associated with orienting to the DNP role and DNP project. The student must participate in an orientation immersion during the first semester of DNP coursework and a second immersion during the first DNP practicum course. Each immersion is 2 to 3 days in length. The first immersion provides an overview of the DNP program and courses, introduction to campus resources and Jesuit education, scholarly writing, foundations of the DNP role and the DNP project. The second immersion covers development of a DNP project plan, expectations for the DNP project practicum courses, composition of the DNP Project Committee, Institutional Review Board requirements, the proposal defense, and an introduction to faculty and their specific research interests.

Students have a site visit from a clinical faculty during each of the three PMHNP practicum courses.  The completion of a DNP project that improves practice is also a requirement. At the completion of the program, students must take the PMHNP certification exam, which, if passed, makes them eligible for an advanced practice license.

PMHNP Specialty Courses: 25 credits – must complete 10 credits of practicum
NURS 670 Psychopharmacology 3 credits
NURS 652M Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Concepts I 3 credits
NURS 653M Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Concepts II 3 credits
NURS 654M Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Concepts III 3 credits
NURS 661M PMHNP Practicum I 1-3 credits
NURS 662M PMHNP Practicum II 2-4 credits
NURS 663M PMHNP Practicum III 2-4 credits
NURS 683M PMHNP Practicum Extension (if needed) 1-3 credits
Electives – Must take one 3 credit elective
NURS 671 Care of the Frail Elder 3 credits
NURS 672 Mental Health in Advanced Practice 3 credits

Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (76 credits) - not currently admitting students to this track

This track prepares nurse practitioners to care for young adults to frail elders. Adult/Gerontology NPs typically practice in primary care settings, such as private practices, clinics, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities. Students in this track must complete a total of 76 credits to earn a DNP degree. The didactic courses are offered online. Students complete the required 1000 hours of practicum in their home communities working at a site and with a preceptor approved by faculty.

When students begin their practicum courses, they are required to participate in seven on-campus immersions. Five of the immersions are associated with the A/GNP practicum courses and emphasize health assessment, diagnostic reasoning, skill development, and the demonstration of competence in the NP role. These immersions are two to three days in length.

Two immersions are associated with orienting to the DNP role and DNP project. The student must participate in an orientation immersion during the first semester of DNP coursework and a second immersion during the first DNP practicum course. Each immersion is two to three days in length. The first immersion provides an overview of the DNP program and courses, introduction to campus resources and Jesuit education, scholarly writing, foundations of the DNP role, and the DNP project. The second immersion covers development of a DNP project plan, expectations for the DNP project practicum courses, composition of the DNP Project Committee, Institutional Review Board requirements, the proposal defense, and an introduction to faculty and their specific research interests.

Students residing in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana have at least one site visit from a clinical faculty during each A/GNP practicum course.  Students living outside of this four-state region are required to arrange for an additional on-campus day in conjunction with one of the immersions during each NP practicum course in order to complete the faculty site visit requirement.

The completion of a DNP project that improves practice is also a requirement. At the completion of the program, students must take the Adult Gerontology Primary Care certification exam, which, if passed, makes them eligible for an advanced practice license.

A/GNP Specialty Courses: 26 credits – must complete 10 credits of practicum
NURS 670 Psychopharmacology 3 credits
NURS 653P Primary Care: Adult/Geriatric I 4 credits
NURS 654P Primary Care: Adult/Geriatric II 3 credits
NURS 663P Primary Care Practicum: Adult/Geriatric I 3-4 credits
NURS 664P Primary Care Practicum: Adult/Geriatric II 2-4 credits
NURS 665P Primary Care Practicum: Adult/Geriatric III 2-3 credits
NURS 671 Care of the Frail Elder 3 credits
NURS 672 Mental Health in Advanced Practice 3 credits
NURS 683P Primary Care Practicum Extension (if needed) 1 credit

Post-Master’s DNP Option

At the time of application to the DNP program, the applicant also applies for admission to Gonzaga University. This online program is available to Registered Nurses who have earned a master's degree in a nursing specialty area as a clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, certified nurse anesthetist, certified nurse midwife, or in nursing administration/leadership and want to advance their practice. The DNP courses are offered in a distance delivery format in fall, spring, and summer sessions.

The post-master's DNP requires the completion of a minimum of 31 credit hours. The total number of credits a student must take in order to complete degree requirements depends on the courses and practicum hours completed in the student's master's degree program. If an applicant was not required to complete an Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) course during his or her master's degree program, or a Biostatistics or Inferential Statistics course in the past five years, these courses can be completed while enrolled in the DNP program. The EBP course must be completed either prior to beginning DNP coursework or during the first semester of the DNP Program. The graduate-level Biostatistics or Inferential Statistics course must be taken prior to starting the DNP project courses (701/761). The number of practicum hours that each student must complete is individualized based on the number completed in the student's MSN program so that each student meets the required 1,000 practicum hours by program completion (including practicum hours from the student's master's program). This means that a student may need to complete 37 or more total credits.

The program requires two on-campus immersions. The student must participate in an orientation immersion during the first semester of DNP coursework and a second immersion during the first DNP practicum course. Each immersion is 2 to 3 days in length. The first immersion provides an overview of the DNP program and courses, introduction to campus resources and Jesuit education, scholarly writing, foundations of the DNP role and the DNP project. The second immersion covers development of a DNP project plan, expectations for the DNP project practicum courses, composition of the DNP Project Team, Institutional Review Board requirements, the proposal defense, and an introduction to faculty and their specific research interests.

The four practicum and seminar courses prepare the student to complete a scholarly DNP project that is aimed at improving some aspect of clinical or leadership practice, depending on the student’s focus. The student has the option of presenting the defense of his or her DNP project proposal and the final defense of the completed DNP scholarly project to faculty and students either in person or through video-conferencing. The final version of the student’s DNP project is a publishable manuscript, a poster, and an abstract that is submitted for either a podium or poster presentation at a major conference.

Admission Requirements

Registered Nurses who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply to the post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice option:

  1. A master’s degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) OR a graduate nurse anesthesia degree from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs OR a graduate nurse-midwifery degree from a program accredited by the American College of Nurse Midwives Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education. Gonzaga does admit Canadian students into graduate nursing programs as long as they graduated from an approved Master of Science in Nursing program in Canada and provide official verification of registration as a Registered Nurse.
  2. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) from master’s-level nursing courses of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale. If the GPA is below a 3.3, the applicant must include a statement explaining why the GPA is lower than required.
  3. Official transcript posting MSN or MN degree with documentation of an Evidence Based Practice (EBP) course. If the student has not had an EBP course, he or she can still be fully admitted, but will be required to complete an EBP course during the first semester of DNP course work. Gonzaga offers this course and it is available online to DNP students.
  4. Official transcript of a three semester-credit graduate-level inferential statistics or biostatistics course within the last five years with an earned grade of C or better. If the student has not had a statistics course, he or she can still be fully admitted, but will be required to complete a statistics course during the first semester of DNP course work. Gonzaga offers this course and it is available online to DNP students.

To be considered as an applicant for the post-master’s DNP option, the following application items are evaluated:

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV).
  2. Three letters of recommendations.
    1. One must be from a supervisor who is able to evaluate current competency in nursing and the candidate’s potential for nursing practice (clinical or leadership depending on the area of practice) at the most advanced level.
    2. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have one letter from a former college/university nursing professor who can attest to the candidate’s potential for academic success in a doctoral program.
  3. A typewritten personal statement that describes:
    1. The candidate’s reasons for pursuing a DNP at Gonzaga University and how the program will prepare the candidate to meet his/her professional goals.
    2. Experiences and background that have prepared the candidate to be successful while pursuing a doctoral degree.
    3. Clinical issue/problem to be addressed in a DNP project:
      1. A description of the identified clinical problem or issue and how it was identified
      2. What change the applicant proposes to implement.
      3. How the applicant envisions that improvement in the practice problem/clinical issue will make a difference in the quality of our health and/or the healthcare system.
  4. Official transcript(s) posting MSN or MN degree from granting institution. Graduate nurse anesthesia degrees or graduate nurse-midwifery degrees will be accepted for CRNA or CNM applicants respectively.
  5. Copy of current unencumbered RN license.
  6. Verification of practicum hours completed in MSN program.
  7. In addition, nurse practitioner applicants must provide documentation of:
    1. Unencumbered license as an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) in the state where practicum courses will be completed.
    2. Certification in the area of specialization.

Degree Requirements

The DNP program requires completion of a minimum of 31 semester credits.

NURS 563 Evidence-Based Practice (if not taken in master’s degree program) 3 credits
NURS 700 Theoretical Foundations for Doctor of Nursing Practice 3 credits
NURS 705 DNP Immersion 1 credit
NURS 708 Inferential Statistics (if not taken within previous 5 years) 3 credits
NURS 710 Population-Focused Care 3 credits
NURS 720 Evidence Synthesis for Practice 3 credits
NURS 730 Clinical Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation 3 credits
NURS 740 Quality Improvement, Information Management, and Leadership in Health Care 3 credits
NURS 750 Health Policy and Advocacy 3 credits
NURS 761 Integrative Application of Evidence for Advanced Practice Seminar I 2 credits
NURS 762 Integrative Application of Evidence for Advanced Practice Seminar II 2 credits
NURS 763 Integrative Application of Evidence for Advanced Practice Seminar III 1 credit
NURS 764 Integrative Application of Evidence for Advanced Practice Seminar IV 1 credit
NURS 701 DNP Practicum I: Application of Evidence-Based Practice 1-3 credits
NURS 702 DNP Practicum II:  Application of Evidence-Based Practice 1-3 credits
NURS 703 DNP Practicum III:  Application of Evidence-Based Practice 1-3 credits
NURS 704 DNP Practicum IV:  Application of Evidence-Based Practice 1-3 credits
NURS 523 Adv Pathophysiology
3.00 credits
This course seeks to assist learners to understand the cellular pathophysiological basis of disease. The content emphasizes cellular, genetic, and biochemical processes. Pathophysiological and physiological concepts form the basis for critical thinking and decision making when assessing and treating individuals with various disease processes.
NURS 524 Adv Pharmacology
3.00 credits
The course is designed to prepare the learner for an advanced practice role with prescriptive authority. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles will be applied to the pharmacotherapeutic treatment of disease. Medications will be studied according to therapeutic categories and drug classes within the framework of organ-based pathophysiologic disease state processes. Emphasis will be placed on the medications that are commonly used (top 200 drugs) in primary care settings with special attention given to evidence-based medication selection, patient education, and medication monitoring.
Prerequisite:
NURS 523 Minimum Grade: C
NURS 561 Info Tech & Data Mgmt
3.00 credits
This course explores the many uses of information technology and data management. The course will provide learners with the knowledge and skills in information and healthcare technology needed to enhance communication and interprofessional collaboration in the current healthcare environment. The process of locating, accessing and analyzing information and data is applied to advanced practice roles, enhancing patient safety, quality and outcomes, and improving population health.
NURS 562 Theor Fdn Hlthcare Improvement
3.00 credits
This course provides a theoretical orientation to become change agents in a variety of healthcare settings and diverse practice populations. The course will provide learners with a foundation in theories significant to nursing practice such as complex adaptive systems, organizational and change theory, leadership and team-building models, and quality improvement and care models needed to assess, design, plan, implement, and evaluation quality improvement project to promote patient-centered care and improve program outcomes.
NURS 563 EBP for Quality & Safety
3.00 credits
This course will provide learners with a theoretical and practical foundation for identifying and critically appraising evidence from qualitative and quantitative research traditions. The emphasis is on the examination of the essential elements of evidence-based-practice, including the formulation of answerable questions to address quality improvement and safety in a variety of advance practice roles and the systematic search for research evidence that can be used to answer researchable questions.
NURS 564 Contemp Hlthcare Env
3.00 credits
This course explores the ethical and legal principles of healthcare and their impact on accessible, affordable, and quality care. This course will provide learners with a framework for discussing ethical and legal issues with an emphasis on the ethical delivery of care to individuals, families and populations. The scope and standards of advanced nursing roles will be examined along with current issues and policies that address health care disparities, health care organizations, financing and quality. Strategies for analyzing and influencing public, professional and institutional policies related to health care and its delivery will be considered.
NURS 565 Clin Prev for Diverse Pops
3.00 credits
The focus of this course is on the development of health promotion and disease prevention programs for diverse groups and populations. Selected concepts of epidemiology, broad determinants of health, population health, clinical prevention and cultural competence will be examined as they relate to the design and delivery of equitable clinical prevention and health promotion interventions and/or services to individuals, families, communities and aggregates/clinical populations.
NURS 600 Advanced Health Assessment
3.00 credits
This course is designed to extend and refine the assessment skills of the Registered Nurse in preparation for an advanced clinical practice role. The student will learn to perform physical, developmental, mental, emotional, cultural, social, and family assessments. Students will review anatomy and physiology related to each biological system being studied. The course emphasizes in-depth techniques for assessing each body system in individuals throughout the life span. Lectures will focus on the use of a variety of health assessment techniques, including history taking skills, physical assessment, and other diagnostic assessment tools. Application of diagnostic reasoning and patient education to the assessment process will be included in the content. This course incorporates approximately 13 hours of supervised laboratory experience and 60 hours of precepted clinical experience. Laboratory and clinical components of the course focus on helping the student to develop communication, observation, and psychomotor skills and to document history and physical examination findings. Two, 2-day on-campus immersions required.
Prerequisite:
NURS 523 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 524 Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 601
NURS 601 Adv Health Assessment Pract I
1.00 credit
This course is the practicum course paired with NURS 600 Advanced Health Assessment. The focus is on the practice of advanced assessment skills within a primary care setting. Students must complete 60 clinical hours in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner or physician.
Prerequisite:
NURS 523 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 524 Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 600
NURS 601E Patho, Pharm & Asmt I
3.00 credits
This course provides students with an in-depth analysis of concept-based pathophysiological problems with emphasis on assisting learners in understanding the cellular pathophysiological basis of disease, the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics principles of its pharmacological treatment and the refinement of physical assessment skills used to form the basis for critical thinking and decision-making when treating individuals with various pathophysiological problems.
NURS 602E Patho, Pharm & Asmt II
3.00 credits
This course is a continuation of NURS 601E and provides students with an in-depth analysis of concept-based pathophysiological problems with emphasis on assisting learners in understanding the cellular pathophysiological basis of disease, the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics principles of its pharmacological treatment and the refinement of physical assessment skills used to form the basis for critical thinking and decision-making when treating individuals with various pathophysiological problems.
NURS 603E Adv Clin Prct: Acute Care
1.00 credit
Students complete 60 hours of direct care activities with a master’s prepared nurse in an acute care setting. Particular emphasis is placed on safety, quality of care, and quality improvement activities. Students are provided with the opportunity to integrate previous knowledge and develop proficiency in a focused area of acute care clinical nursing.
Prerequisite:
NURS 602E Minimum Grade: C or NURS 601E Minimum Grade: C
NURS 604E Adv Clin Prct: Pop-Focused
1.00 credit
Students complete 60 hours of direct care activities with a master’s prepared nurse in a community setting. Particular emphasis is placed on safety, quality of care, and quality improvement activities. Students are provided with the opportunity to integrate previous knowledge and develop proficiency in a population-focused area of clinical nursing.
Prerequisite:
NURS 565 Minimum Grade: C and (NURS 601E Minimum Grade: C or NURS 602E Minimum Grade: C)
NURS 631A Hlth Syst Leader Practicum I
1.00- 3.00 credits
This practicum integrates knowledge from the didactic courses in the health organization setting.
NURS 632A Health Systems Leader Prac II
1.00- 3.00 credits
This practicum integrates knowledge from the didactic courses in the health organization setting.
Prerequisite:
NURS 631A Minimum Grade: C
NURS 633A Health System Leader Pract III
1.00- 3.00 credits
This practicum integrates knowledge from the didactic courses in the health organization setting.
Prerequisite:
NURS 632A Minimum Grade: C
NURS 634A Nursing Leadership Practicum
2.00- 3.00 credits
This practicum course prepares nurses as healthcare leaders with the opportunity to integrate leadership and theoretical knowledge from previous didactic courses to gain hands-on expertise. Students have the opportunity to achieve competencies as nurse leaders in the areas of communication, knowledge of the healthcare environment, leadership, professionalism, and business skills, as outlined by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). This individualized practicum experience will take place in one or more pre-approved healthcare settings under the guidance of an approved expert clinical preceptor for the completion of 120-180 clinical practicum hours. Students will develop objectives for learning and identify specific activities to meet these objectives; one objective will focus on a practicum project. Students are required to attend a two-day on-campus immersion.
Prerequisite:
NURS 645A Minimum Grade: C
NURS 642A Quality & Information Manage
3.00 credits
This course focuses on the information management skills essential for effective nursing leadership in complex healthcare settings. Topics to be addressed include clinical information systems, benchmarking, and quality monitoring.
NURS 643A Communication & Relation Manag
3.00 credits
This course addresses the role of the nurse as a healthcare systems leader in developing and sustaining relationships with employees and other healthcare providers within complex healthcare environments. Course content will address communication strategies, relationship management, conflict management and negotiation skills, and evaluation. Concepts related to legal, regulatory, and ethical aspects of employee hiring, performance evaluation, and termination will be reviewed. Consideration will be given to succession management.
NURS 644A Health Care Management
3.00 credits
This course focuses on the financial management skills essential for effective nursing leadership in complex healthcare settings. Topics to be addressed include financing, administrative, financial, cost accounting systems, and budget development and oversight.
Prerequisite:
NURS 561 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 563 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 565 Minimum Grade: C
NURS 645A Legal, Regulatory, & Ethic HC
3.00 credits
This course addresses the role of the nurse as a health systems leader in relation to legal, regulatory, and ethical considerations in health care environments. Complex adaptive systems is used as the framework for examining legal and regulatory constraints that affect care delivery, patient and employee rights and responsibilities, and quality management, including patient safety and risk management. Tension between legal and ethical guidelines will be explored.
Prerequisite:
NURS 561 Minimum Grade: C- and NURS 563 Minimum Grade: C- and NURS 565 Minimum Grade: C-
NURS 645E NE Pract in Clinical Setting
1.00- 3.00 credits
Students complete 60-180 of the required 240 hours of preceptored teaching experience in an approved clinical setting providing student, patient and/or staff education. The experience will include classroom teaching, as well as supervised evaluation of participant learning and performance. The course included on-line clinical conferences.
Prerequisite:
NURS 601E Minimum Grade: C and NURS 602E Minimum Grade: C and NURS 651E Minimum Grade: C
NURS 646E NE Pract in Academia
1.00- 3.00 credits
Students complete 60-180 of the required 240 hours of preceptored teaching experience in approved academic setting. The experience will include classroom and clinical teaching, as well as supervised evaluation of student work and performance. The course includes on-line clinical conferences. There is a two to three day on-campus capstone immersion focusing on issues of professional development, transition to the nurse educator role, and legal and ethical issues inherent in academic and service settings.
Prerequisite:
NURS 601E Minimum Grade: C and NURS 602 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 651E Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 653E
NURS 651E Curriculum Development
3.00 credits
This course addresses strategies for developing curricula, ranging in scope from individual teaching sessions, to courses, to complete programs of study. Emphasis is given to developing a curriculum that is congruent with institutional and program mission, philosophy, and goals; professional standards; needs and expectations of an educational program’s communities of interest; contextual variables; and learner characteristics. Students are introduced to "backward design" principles, the concept of "threading" content, strategies for sequencing content, using a theoretical/conceptual framework to inform a curriculum, and principles of curriculum evaluation, focusing on both content validity and outcomes achievement. Legal, ethical, and accreditation issues related to curriculum content also will be considered.
NURS 651P PC: Gender Based
2.00 credits
This course focuses on the role of the Family Nurse Practitioner in the care of women and men with common pathophysiological alterations in gender related health. Focus is on clinical management of preventative, acute and chronic health problems in women and men who present for care in primary care settings. Emphasis is placed on the FNP’s role in performing comprehensive health assessment (including ordering and interpretation of appropriate diagnostic tests), diagnostic reasoning (differential diagnosis), and prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacological interventions.
Prerequisite:
NURS 600 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 601 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 652P Minimum Grade: C and NURS 662P Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 661P
NURS 652E Teaching/learning Strategies
3.00 credits
This course explores strategies for teaching in classroom, online, clinical and community settings and emphasizes linking teaching-learning strategies to desired learning outcomes. Theoretical frameworks for teaching-learning, assessing and accommodating learning styles, preferences, and readiness to learn will be considered. The course also addresses adapting content to teaching strategies for different groups of learners (e.g., students, health care consumer/patients, professional colleagues) and learners with different characteristics. A two to three day on-campus immersion focusing on simulation technologies is required. The course will explore strategies to enhance interprofessional collaboration through the educational process. Students will use their clinical specialty area as context for course assignments.
Prerequisite:
NURS 651E Minimum Grade: C
NURS 652M PMH Nurse Concepts I
3.00 credits
Designed as an induction into advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing. The scope of practice and standards of the psychiatric nurse practitioner are analyzed. Major emphasis is placed on building a therapeutic relationship, assessing, and diagnosing major psychiatric disorders mental health promotion/prevention strategies, and diagnostic decision-making is stressed. Risk assessments and formulating diagnoses using DSM V, are emphasized and other phenomena requiring clinical intervention, considering variations across the lifespan. Selected theories of interpersonal psychotherapy, human development, recovery, and trauma informed care across the lifespan are analyzed. The biological bases of psychosocial behavior and their implications in psychiatric care are explored. Integration of concepts and application in one's personal practice are stressed.
Prerequisite:
NURS 600 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 601 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 670 Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 661M
NURS 652P PC: Infant, Child, Adolescence
3.00 credits
This course focuses on the role of the Family Nurse Practitioner in the clinical management of preventative, acute and chronic health problems in infants/children/adolescents who present for care in primary care settings. Emphasis is placed on the NP’s role in performing comprehensive health assessment and treatment (including ordering and interpretation of appropriate diagnostic tests), diagnostic reasoning (differential diagnosis), and prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacological interventions. The FNP’s role in management and referral to other health care professionals and community resources for individuals and families will be emphasized (e.g., coordination of care transitions within and between health care systems for children with developmental delay).
Prerequisite:
NURS 600 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 601 Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 662P
NURS 653E Principles of Eval for NE
3.00 credits
This course examines the basic principles of evaluation and provides practical guidelines for evaluation of learning in academic, clinical and community settings. The course includes content on test construction and evaluation, developing and using rubrics, developing and grading written assignments, evaluating clinical performance, and evaluating personal teaching effectiveness. The course also addresses program evaluation and accreditation. Legal and ethical considerations related to evaluation and grading will be discussed. (One day test writing seminar included in the NURS 646E on-campus capstone immersion.)
Prerequisite:
NURS 651E Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 646E
NURS 653M PMH Nurse Concepts II
3.00 credits
The focus of this course is on the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic mental health issues. Emphasis is on individual and group psychotherapy across the lifespan. Development of therapeutic relationships and interpersonal processes in psychotherapy are examined. Continued development of therapeutic relationships, self-awareness, and skill in assessment, diagnosis, and care formulation are emphasized.
Prerequisite:
NURS 652M Minimum Grade: C or NURS 661M Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 662M
NURS 653P PC: Adult/Geriatric I
4.00 credits
This course focuses on the role of the Nurse Practitioner (NP) in the clinical management of chronic and complex health problems in adults and elders who present for care in primary care settings. Emphasis is placed on the NP’s role in performing comprehensive health assessment (including ordering and interpretation of appropriate diagnostic tests), diagnostic reasoning (differential diagnosis) and treatment, prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacological interventions, and patient education, follow-up, co-management or referral.
Prerequisite:
NURS 600 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 601 Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 663P
NURS 654M PMH Nurse Concepts III
3.00 credits
Focuses on the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic mental health issues. The course will have an emphasis on individual, group and family psychotherapy interventions. Development of therapeutic relationships and interpersonal processes in psychotherapy are examined. Theoretical models for individual and group psychotherapy are analyzed for their application and presenting issues in therapy situations of patients/clients of varying ages and diagnoses are emphasized. Self-awareness; continuing development of knowledge and skill in assessment, diagnosis, and care formulation; and integration of theories and techniques of psychotherapy for application in one's personal practice are stressed. Strategies in treating chronic mental health disorders are considered. The indications for and selection of appropriate theoretical models, diagnostic strategies, and/or intervention techniques, and issues in treatment situations of patients/clients across the age span are emphasized.
Prerequisite:
NURS 652M Minimum Grade: C or NURS 661M Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 663M
NURS 654P PC: Adult/Geriatric II
3.00 credits
This course focuses on the role of the Nurse Practitioner (NP) in the clinical management of chronic and complex health problems in adults and elders who present for care in primary care and other settings. Emphasis is placed on comprehensive health assessment and treatment (including ordering and interpretation of appropriate diagnostic tests), diagnostic reasoning (differential diagnosis), prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacological interventions, and patient education. The course also emphasizes the NP’s role when referring to other health care professionals, community resources, and interdisciplinary teams.
Prerequisite:
NURS 600 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 601 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 653P Minimum Grade: C and NURS 663P Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 664P
NURS 661M Psyc-Mntl Hlth Practicum I
1.00- 3.00 credits
This clinical course is paired with the didactic course Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Concepts I. Emphasis is on utilizing the theories, concepts, and skills necessary to assess and diagnose acute and chronic psychiatric disorders and the development of clinical intervention.
Prerequisite:
NURS 600 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 601 Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 652M
NURS 661P PC: Gender-Based Practicum
1.00- 3.00 credits
This course is the clinical course paired with the didactic course Primary Care Gender-Based. It is designed to allow Nurse Practitioner students to apply concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing. Students must complete 60 to 180 clinical clock hours in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician’s assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either an MD or a NP). The focus of this clinical experience is on the development of skills in caring for the adult male and female population with health concerns.
Prerequisite:
NURS 600 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 601 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 652P Minimum Grade: C and NURS 662P Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 651P
NURS 662M Psyc-Mntl Hlth Practicum II
1.00- 4.00 credits
This clinical course is paired with the didactic course Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Concepts II. Emphasis is on the application of treatment interventions including medication management, individual, group psychotherapy for the adult clients.
Prerequisite:
NURS 652M Minimum Grade: C or NURS 661M Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 653M
NURS 662P PC:Inf,Child,Adol Pract
2.00- 3.00 credits
This course is the clinical course paired with the didactic course Primary Care Infant, Child and Adolescent. It is designed to allow Nurse Practitioner students to apply concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing. Students must complete 120 clinical clock hours in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician’s assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either an MD or a NP). The focus of this clinical experience is on the development of skills in caring for the population of infant through adolescent with health concerns.
Prerequisite:
NURS 600 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 601 Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 652P
NURS 663M Psyc-Mntl Hlth Practicum III
1.00- 4.00 credits
This clinical course is paired with the didactic course Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Concepts III. Emphasis is on the application of treatment interventions including medication management and individual and group psychotherapy for the child/adolescent and elderly client with acute, chronic, and co-occurring disorders.
Prerequisite:
NURS 652M Minimum Grade: C and NURS 661M Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 654M
NURS 663P PC:Adult/Geriatric Pract I
3.00- 4.00 credits
This course is the clinical course paired with the didactic course Primary Care Adult/Geriatric I. It is designed to allow Nurse Practitioner students to apply concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing. Students must complete a minimum of 180 clinical clock hours in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician’s assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either a physician or NP). The focus of this clinical experience is on the development of skills in caring for the adult/geriatric population with health concerns in primary care settings.
Prerequisite:
NURS 600 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 601 Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 653P
NURS 664P PC:Adult/Geriatric Pract II
2.00- 4.00 credits
This course is the clinical course paired with the didactic course Primary Care Adult/Geriatric II. It is designed to allow Nurse Practitioner students to apply concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing. Students must complete a minimum 120 clinical clock hours in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician’s assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either a physician or NP). The focus of this clinical experience is on the development of skills in caring for the adult/geriatric population with health concerns in primary care and other settings.
Prerequisite:
NURS 600 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 601 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 653P Minimum Grade: C and NURS 663P Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 654P
NURS 665P PC:Adult/Geriatric Pract III
2.00- 3.00 credits
This course is the clinical course paired with the didactic course Care of the Frail Elder. It is designed to allow Nurse Practitioner students to apply concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing in a long-term care setting while caring for frail older adults. Students must complete a minimum of 120 clinical clock hours (2 credits) in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician’s assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either a physician or NP).
Prerequisite:
NURS 600 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 601 Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 671
NURS 670 Psychopharmacology
3.00 credits
The course covers the principles and theories of psychopharmacology, the examination of, epigenetics, genetics, neurochemical communication, circuits in psychopharmacology, the effects of various psychotropic drugs, and the actions of drugs used to treat psychiatric disorders. The course examines the actions and use of specific psychotropic medication, required monitoring and the management of behavior and mental illness.
Prerequisite:
NURS 523 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 524 Minimum Grade: C
NURS 671 Care of Frail Elder
3.00 credits
This course focuses on the clinical management of the elder in primary care. Emphasis is on principles of gerontological care, common syndromes, ethical issues, abuse/neglect, and care options within the long-term care (LTC) continuum. The course includes a clinical application experience in an internal medicine clinic or a LTC setting.
Prerequisite:
NURS 600 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 601 Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 665P
NURS 672 Mental Hlth in Adv Practice
3.00 credits
This course is foundational for advanced practice nurses when providing care to patients with common mental health disorders. Content includes neurophysiologic, genomic, environmental, social, and developmental theories to understand the etiology and presentation of common mental health conditions. Psychopharmacological and non-pharmacological principles and modalities for treatment of common mental health problems will be explored.
NURS 683A Nursing Ldrshp Practicum Ext
1.00- 2.00 credits
This course provides Nursing Leadership in Healthcare students the opportunity to continue to apply nursing leadership and healthcare management concepts while completing required practicum hours. Students will complete 1-2 credits of practicum (60-120 hours) in approved clinical settings while supervised by approved clinical preceptors.
NURS 683M Psyc-Mntl Hlth Pract Extension
1.00- 3.00 credits
This course is an independent clinical course. It is not paired with a didactic course. It is designed to allow Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner students to continue to apply concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing in semesters when they are not enrolled in NP specialty didactic courses. Students will complete variable clinical clock hours in approved clinical settings while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician’s assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either a physician or NP). The focus of this clinical experience is on the continuing development and refinement of treatment interventions including medication management and individual and group psychotherapy for any population.
Prerequisite:
NURS 661M Minimum Grade: C
NURS 683P Prim Care Pract Extension
1.00 credit
This course is an independent clinical course. It is not paired with a didactic course. It is designed to allow Nurse Practitioner students to continue to apply concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing in semesters following completion of the NP specialty didactic courses. Students will complete variable clinical clock hours in approved clinical settings while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician’s assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either an MD or a NP). The focus of this clinical experience is on the continuing development and refinement of skills in caring for any population with health concerns in primary care or other approved settings.
Prerequisite:
NURS 663P Minimum Grade: C and NURS 662P Minimum Grade: C and (NURS 654P Minimum Grade: C or NURS 651P Minimum Grade: C)
NURS 690 Special Topics
1.00- 4.00 credits
Courses designed to address special topics in nursing, based on student and faculty interests.
NURS 691 Special Topics
1.00- 3.00 credits
Topic to be determined by instructor.
NURS 692 Independent Study
1.00- 4.00 credits
Independent study requires completion of a form, and department permission and cannot be registered for via ZAGWEB. (Cannot be used to fulfill elective requirement).
NURS 700 Theoretical Fdtn of Nrs Pract
3.00 credits
This course focuses on examining philosophical and scientific knowledge development in nursing practice and the implications for practice. Emphasis will be on the analysis, critique, and application of nursing middle-range and other related theories to nursing practice.
Prerequisite:
NURS 563 Minimum Grade: C
NURS 701 DNP Pract I: Appl of EBP
1.00- 3.00 credits
This practicum course provides the student an opportunity to work within a practice setting to begin to design his or her scholarly project. The student also begins to establish the expanded advanced nursing DNP role focusing on a population of interest. The student is required to submit an individualized practicum proposal and objectives for the practicum experience.
Concurrent:
NURS 761
NURS 702 DNP Pract II: Appl of EBP
1.00- 3.00 credits
The DNP student works with a faculty mentor to begin implementation of his or her scholarly project. The student also establishes the expanded advanced nursing DNP role focusing on a population of interest. The student is required to submit an individualized practicum proposal and objectives for the practicum experience.
Prerequisite:
NURS 701 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 761 Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 762
NURS 703 DNP Pract III: Appl of EBP
1.00- 3.00 credits
The DNP student continues to work with a faculty mentor to implement his or her scholarly project. This includes analysis of data and drafting a report of the scholarly project. The student is required to submit an individualized practicum proposal and objectives for the practicum experience.
Prerequisite:
NURS 702 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 762 Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 763
NURS 704 DNP Pract IV: Appl of EBP
1.00- 3.00 credits
In this final practicum course, the DNP student completes the implementation and evaluation of his or her scholarly project. The student also completes the final written report of the project and disseminates the findings through preparation of a bound document or a manuscript suitable for a peer-reviewed publication along with an abstract that is submitted for a podium or poster presentation at a major conference. The student is required to submit an individualized practicum proposal and objectives for the practicum experience.
Prerequisite:
NURS 763 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 703 Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 764
NURS 705 Introduction to the DNP Role
1.00 credit
This course serves as the orientation to the DNP role. The Gonzaga mission, along with Jesuit values and principles are discovered and experienced. The DNP project is described and potential projects are delineated. Available resources are identified and explored.
Concurrent:
NURS 711
NURS 708 Inferential Statistics
3.00 credits
The purpose of this course is to review statistical concepts, such as descriptive statistics, probability distributions (binomial and normal), sampling distributions, inferences (point estimates and confidence intervals), hypotheses testing (one-sample tests, two-sample tests), Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), as well as simple linear regression and multiple regression analysis. The course emphasizes the application of statistical concepts to analyze research for best available evidence to support quality nursing practice. The course also provides students with hands-on experience in using statistical software (Mega Stat) to assist in making effective decisions.
NURS 710 Population-Focused Care
3.00 credits
This course focuses on developing and evaluating health promotion and disease prevention interventions targeting population-based health. The environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural context of health behaviors will be explored. The use of epidemiology and evidence-based research to inform clinical prevention programs and policy solutions for population health disparities are emphasized.
NURS 711 Qual Imprmnt & Ldrshp in HC
3.00 credits
This course emphasizes quality improvement and leadership in healthcare. It acquaints students with the processes, tools, and techniques that will enable them to develop the foundational framework for the DNP project. The course focuses on leadership knowledge, abilities, and skills in a complex adaptive health arena, emphasizing continuous process improvement as crucial to achieving high quality outcomes.
Concurrent:
NURS 705
NURS 712 Translational Rsrch Adv Pract
3.00 credits
This course will address the DNP role in translational research with emphasis on the examination of knowledge transformation. The course includes conducting a systematic search for research evidence to answer researchable questions and the synthesis of evidence for knowledge translation across a body of research in both qualitative and quantitative traditions.
NURS 713 Population Health Outcomes
3.00 credits
This course will explore utilization of information technology and data management for measuring and attaining population health outcomes. The DNP student will be prepared to use epidemiological data to identify the causes of disease and to evaluate health services for quality, safety and efficacy.
NURS 714 Theortcl Underpinning Adv Prct
3.00 credits
This course provides an overview of both general theoretical knowledge and specific theoretical perspectives. The emphasis is on the application of frameworks for advanced nursing roles such as nurse clinician and leader. This course particularly emphasizes selecting, analyzing, and applying nursing and integrative middle-range theories to efforts to improve population health and health care delivery.
NURS 715 Hlth Policy, Ethics & Advocacy
3.00 credits
This course emphasizes the leadership role of the DNP in influencing health policy makers and health policy development, emphasizing inter-professional collaboration. The effect of nursing scholarship on health policy and advocacy will be explored. The regulatory and ethical environments that impact DNP practice are examined considering social justice arid lgnatian values. Strategies for designing and leading the implementation of public, professional, and institutional policies relating to local, regional, national, and international health care and its delivery are considered.
Prerequisite:
NURS 705 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 711 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 712 Minimum Grade: C
NURS 720 Evidence Synth for Practice
3.00 credits
This course emphasizes how to create answerable questions to address specific patient/client problems or situations and critically appraise types of data generated through research in both qualitative and quantitative traditions. The focus is on evaluating the adequacy of research questions, methodologies, and the presentation of findings. The DNP will be prepared to use epidemiological data to identify the causes of disease and to evaluate health services. In addition, the course emphasizes an examination of knowledge transformation, including the systematic search for research evidence to answer research questions and the synthesis of evidence for knowledge translation across a body of research.
NURS 730 Clin Prog Dev, Impl, & Eval
3.00 credits
This course emphasizes the steps involved in the development of a business plan for creation of a new clinical service or program or a clinical practice. Students will learn about conducting a needs assessment, developing mission and values statements, creating the program design, conducting a financial analysis, and designing evaluation strategies and measures.
NURS 740 Qual Impr, Inf Mgt, & Ld in HC
3.00 credits
This course emphasizes strategic planning and management, systems and organizational theories, quality improvement, and information management. It acquaints students with the process, tools and techniques of strategic planning that will enable them to manage patient populations and to contribute effectively to strategic thinking and action in health systems. The course focuses on leadership and the process of health care delivery from a systems perspective, emphasizing continuous process improvement as crucial to achieving high quality outcomes.
NURS 750 Health Policy & Advocacy
3.00 credits
This course focuses on the leadership role of the DNP in influencing health policy makers and health policy development emphasizing interprofessional collaboration. The effect of nursing scholarship on health policy and advocacy will be explored. The regulatory and ethical environments that impact DNP practice are examined considering Ignatian values and social justice principles. Strategies for designing and leading the implementation of public, professional, and institutional polices relating to local, regional, national, and international health care and its delivery are considered.
NURS 760 DNP Project Readiness
3.00 credits
This course will serve as the vehicle to ensure readiness for beginning the DNP project arid practicum courses.
NURS 761 Integr Appl of Evid Sem I
2.00 credits
This is the first of a series of four seminars that provide the DNP student with mentored opportunities to identify a practice issue and develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate an independent, analytic, scholarly project focusing on problems of advanced nursing practice within specific populations. Each seminar course builds on the knowledge and practice expertise of the DNP student, culminating in the completion of a scholarly project. The range of projects will be varied as they relate to the DNP student's unique area of nursing, e.g., quality improvement, analyzing policy, designing and using databases, designing and evaluating new models of care, collaboration with researchers to answer clinical questions, program development, implementation, and evaluation.
Concurrent:
NURS 701
NURS 762 Integr Appl of Evid Sem II
2.00 credits
The DNP student refines the design of his or her scholarly project, including the data collection and evaluation plans. Students must successfully complete an oral defense of the planned project prior to beginning implementation.
Prerequisite:
NURS 701 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 761 Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 702
NURS 763 Integr Appl of Evid Sem III
1.00 credit
The DNP student continues to refine the evidence-based scholarly project specific to a population of interest within a practice setting.
Prerequisite:
NURS 702 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 762 Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 703
NURS 764 Integr Appl of Evid Sem IV
1.00 credit
In this final seminar course, the student will present the final defense of his or her scholarly project through an oral presentation that addresses the topic of interest, the development and implementation of the project, how it addressed the needs of a selected population, and an evaluation of the project and outcomes. Students will apply knowledge and skills obtained in the didactic and integrative courses to address the ethical, legal, financial and organizational aspects of the scholarly project.
Prerequisite:
NURS 703 Minimum Grade: C and NURS 763 Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent:
NURS 704
NURS 790 Special Topics
1.00- 4.00 credits
Courses designed to address special topics in nursing, based on student and faculty interests.
NURS 792 Independent Study
1.00- 4.00 credits
Independent study requires completion of a form, and department permission and cannot be registered for via ZAGWEB. (Cannot be used to fulfill elective requirement).
 

In addition to their major and minor areas of study, all undergraduate students follow a common program designed to complete their education in those areas that the University considers essential for a Catholic, Jesuit, liberal, and humanistic education. The University Core Curriculum consists of forty-five credits of course work, with additional designation requirements that can be met through core, major, or elective courses.

The University Core Curriculum is a four-year program, organized around one overarching question, which is progressively addressed through yearly themes and questions. Hence, core courses are best taken within the year for which they are designated. First year core courses encourage intellectual engagement and provide a broad foundation of fundamental skills. Second and third year courses examine central issues and questions in philosophy and religious studies. The fourth year course, the Core Integration Seminar, offers a culminating core experience. Taken at any time throughout the four years, broadening courses intersect with the core themes and extend students’ appreciation for the humanities, arts, and social and behavioral sciences. Finally, the designation requirements (writing enriched, global studies, and social justice) reflect important values and reinforce students’ knowledge and competencies.

Overarching Core Question: As students of a Catholic, Jesuit, and Humanistic University, how do we educate ourselves to become women and men for a more just and humane global community?
Year 1 Theme and Question: Understanding and Creating: How do we pursue knowledge and cultivate understanding?

  • The First-Year Seminar (DEPT 193, 3 credits): The First-Year Seminar (FYS), taken in the fall or spring of the first year, is designed to promote an intellectual shift in students as they transition to college academic life. Each small seminar is organized around an engaging topic, which students explore from multiple perspectives. The FYS is offered by many departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of FYS courses).  
  • Writing (ENGL 101, 3 credits) and Reasoning (PHIL 101, 3 credits): The Writing and Reasoning courses are designed to help students develop the foundational skills of critical reading, thinking, analysis, and writing. They may be taken as linked sections. Writing (ENGL 101) carries one of the three required writing-enriched designations (see below).
  • Communication & Speech (COMM 100, 3 credits): This course introduces students to interpersonal and small group communication and requires the application of critical thinking, reasoning, and research skills necessary to organize, write, and present several speeches.
  • Scientific Inquiry (BIOL 104/104L, CHEM 104/104L, or PHYS 104/104L, 3 credits): This course explores the scientific process in the natural world through evidence-based logic and includes significant laboratory experience. Students pursuing majors that require science courses will satisfy this requirement through their major.
  • Mathematics (above Math 100, 3 credits): Mathematics courses promote thinking according to the modes of the discipline—abstractly, symbolically, logically, and computationally. One course in mathematics, above Math 100, including any math course required for a major or minor, will fulfill this requirement. MATH 100 (College Algebra) and courses without the MATH prefix do not fulfill this requirement.

Year 2 Theme and Question: Being and Becoming: Who are we and what does it mean to be human?

  • Philosophy of Human Nature (PHIL 201, 3 credits): This course provides students with a philosophical study of key figures, theories, and intellectual traditions that contribute to understanding the human condition; the meaning and dignity of human life; and the human relationship to ultimate reality.
  • Christianity and Catholic Traditions (RELI, 3 credits). Religious Studies core courses approved for this requirement explore diverse topics including Christian scriptures, history, theology, and practices as well as major contributions from the Catholic intellectual and theological traditions (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses) .

Year 3 Theme and Question: Caring and Doing: What principles characterize a well lived life?

  • Ethics (PHIL 301 or RELI, 3 credits): The Ethics courses are designed to help students develop their moral imagination by exploring and explaining the reasons humans should care about the needs and interests of others. This requirement is satisfied by an approved ethics course in either Philosophy (PHIL 301) or Religious Studies (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • World/Comparative Religion (RELI, 3 credits): Religious Studies courses approved for this core requirement draw attention to the diversity that exists within and among traditions and encourage students to bring critical, analytical thinking to bear on the traditions and questions considered. These courses carries one of the required two global-studies designations (see below) (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

Year 4 Theme and Question: Imagining the Possible: What is our role in the world?” 

  • Core Integration Seminar (DEPT 432, 3 credits). The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) offers students a culminating core experience in which they integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the core, and their disciplinary expertise. Some CIS courses may also count toward a student’s major or minor. The CIS is offered by several departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of CIS courses).

The Broadening Courses

  • Fine Arts & Design (VART, MUSC, THEA, 3 credits): Arts courses explore multiple ways the human experience can be expressed through creativity, including across different cultures and societies. One approved course in fine arts, music, theatre, or dance will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • History (HIST, 3 credits): History courses are intended to develop students’ awareness of the historical context of both the individual and the collective human experience. One course in History (HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 112, HIST 201, HIST 202) will fulfill this requirement.
  • Literature (3 credits): Literature courses foster reflection on how literature engages with a range of human experience. One approved course in Literature (offered by English, Classics, or Modern Languages) will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 credits): Courses in the social and behavioral sciences engage students in studying human behavior, social systems, and social issues. One approved course offered by Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Women and Gender Studies will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

The Designations
Designations are embedded within already existing core, major, minor, and elective courses. Students are encouraged to meet designation requirements within elective courses as their schedule allows; however, with careful planning students should be able to complete most of the designation requirements within other core, major, or minor courses.

  • Writing Enriched (WE; 3 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the WE designation are designed to promote the humanistic and Jesuit pedagogical ideal of clear, effective communication. In addition to the required core course, Writing (ENGL 101), which carries one of the WE designations, students must take two other WE-designated courses (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Global-Studies (GS; 2 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the GS designation are designed to challenge students to perceive and understand human diversity by exploring diversity within a context of constantly changing global systems. In addition to the required core course, World/Comparative Religion (RELI 300-level), which carries one of the GS designations, students must take one other GS-designated course (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Social-Justice (SJ; 1 course meeting this designation): Courses carrying the SJ designation are designed to introduce students to one or more social justice concerns. Students must take one course that meets the SJ designation (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

Major-specific adaptations to the University Core Curriculum

All Gonzaga students, regardless of their major, will complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. However some Gonzaga students will satisfy certain core requirements through major-specific programs or courses. Any major-specific adaptations to the core are described with the requirements for the majors to which they apply.