Post Baccalaureate - DNP - FAQs

You will graduate from Gonzaga University's Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice program practice-ready, rigorously trained and as a leader poised to influence positive change.

You will find answers to our most frequently asked questions below.

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General Questions

Is Gonzaga's online DNP program accredited?

Gonzaga is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The baccalaureate, MSN and DNP programs at Gonzaga University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

Do you recommend this program for recent graduates?

Yes, by accelerating your career and starting the Post-Bacc DNP now, you have the following advantages:

  • Gaining clinical experience while obtaining your advanced-practice degree
  • Obtaining your terminal degree in 4.5-5 years
  • Realizing the return on your investment sooner by entering the workforce at a higher level of pay
  • Being prepared to meet the growing demand for doctorate-prepared practitioners

What outcomes can I expect after completing the program?

The DNP Program strives to prepare you to:

  • Be prepared to sit for your nurse practitioner licensing exam at the end of the program
  • Provide exceptional 1:1 care while having the skills to positively impact communities
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills to optimize health in a selected area of nursing
  • Demonstrate humanistic, reflective practice, ethical reasoning and advocacy for a selected population
  • Synthesize theory and evidence to create, implement and evaluate strategies to improve practice

How long will it take to complete the program?

The program is usually completed in 13 semesters (about 4.5 years). You have the option of working with your faculty advisor to accelerate the program to 10 semesters, depending on course availability. You also have the option of enrolling as a part-time student, but must complete the program in 7 years.

How long do I have to complete my degree from the time I start?

You must complete the DNP program within 7 years.

Can I continue to work during this program?

Yes, our program is designed for working professionals and the majority of students are able to continue working as they attend full-time.  However faculty highly recommends that you work part-time (maximum of 20 hours a week), once clinical hours begin. You will have the flexibility to adjust your progression plans.

Will I receive a MSN and a DNP in the program?

No, there is no MSN step out in the program. The final degree will be a Doctor of Nursing Practice. You will sit for the NP boards for your NP licensure at the end of the program.

Are there fees associated with the program?

In addition to tuition and books, please visit this page to see a full list of fees for this program.

Can I transfer credits that were earned in another doctoral program?

You may transfer up to 15 credits to apply toward the completion of the DNP program. Transfer credits must be earned through graduate level courses that are not part of a conferred degree and are accepted at the discretion of faculty.

The Course Experience

What is the duration of each online DNP Program session?

You will take a mix of 8 week and 16 week courses (Spring, Summer, Fall). Classes are either full semester (16 weeks in the Fall and Spring, 12 weeks in the Summer) or broken into an 8 week course during either the first or second half of the 16 week semesters.

Does the online Post-Bacc Doctor of Nursing Practice use a cohort model?

The Post-Bacc DNP program does not use a cohort model. The program allows you the flexibility to alter your progression plan as long as you complete degree requirements within 7 years.

Are there any required campus visits?

Yes, the program requires you to travel to Spokane, WA for on-campus immersions which vary by track.

  • PMHNP track requires 6 immersions.
  • FNP track requires 7 immersions.
  • Immersions typically do not start until halfway through the program, with one to two scheduled per semester.

What happens during the campus immersion?

You will participate in the culminating Observed Structured Clinical Evaluations or OSCEs - a cornerstone for student success. In these structured scenarios, you obtain a focused history and complete a focused exam of a scripted model patient, identify differential diagnoses and the most likely diagnosis, and determine a plan of care based on the most likely diagnosis. The OSCEs are led by practicing faculty who bring real-world scenarios and practical advice to life for the student.

Is a statistics course required?

Yes, a graduate-level statistics class is required for the Post-Bacc DNP program. The statistics requirement is not a prerequisite to apply; rather, it is a class included in each student's progression plan.

What does the DNP project entail?

The DNP project allows you to demonstrate mastery of DNP curriculum content. You learn to utilize evidence to improve an area of clinical or leadership practice in relation to a designated population. You will refine the idea for the project in the first practicum course, NURS 701. In the second practicum course, NURS 703, you designs the project and presents an oral defense. You implement it in the third practicum course and complete the evaluation in NURS 704. You are also expected to give an oral presentation and final defense of the project before your DNP project team. Some examples of possible DNP projects include a practice change initiative, a pilot study, a program evaluation, a quality improvement project, or an evaluation of a new practice model.

Who are the members of the DNP Project Team?

The team is comprised of a minimum of two doctorally-prepared Gonzaga nursing faculty, one of whom functions as the faculty mentor. An optional third member of the team may be a non-faculty expert in the area of study.

What type of support services will I receive?

The Student Services team is available to answer questions and connect students to the resources needed.  Students are also assigned a faculty advisor to help meet their academic goals.

Online students have access to all of Gonzaga's resources including:

  • Foley Library
  • IT Help Desk
  • Career Center
  • Graduate Student Council
  • Disability Access
  • University Ministry

We are all here to help you succeed.

Practicum Requirements

Will I have assistance with finding a clinical practicum site?

Gonzaga does have an extensive list by state where clinical contracts have already been established. Our Clinical Coordinator can assist and set up a contract with a new location if you would like do practicum work at a location not on that list, and if it is approved by the Nursing faculty. Our faculty and staff will also provide guidance in finding appropriate practicum sites. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to arrange for a preceptor and practicum site.

What are the minimum practicum requirements?

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing requires the completion of a minimum of 1,000 hours of practicum experience spanning a Post-Bacc DNP.

Can I complete some of my practicum hours at my workplace?

You may complete practicum hours at your organization. However, you cannot complete practicum hours in the area of the organization where you are employed or during time on the job when being paid. Your preceptor cannot be a direct supervisor.

Tuition, Scholarships & Discounts

What is the cost of tuition?

The cost is competitive at $1020 per credit.

How can I pay for my graduate degree?

We have a number of resources to help you fund your education.  As a graduate student you qualify for Federal Student Aid. This funding is not need based, follow the link to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Gonzaga also offers payment plan options and other financial resources.

Are graduate scholarships available?

The School of Nursing & Human Physiology offers scholarships every semester, funds permitting.  The internal scholarship is only available to to students who have completed 18 credit hours.

Gonzaga's Financial Aid Office maintains a database of scholarships for students to access, search and apply for awards. 

Program information subject to change.