Post Master's DNP - FAQs

You will graduate from Gonzaga University's Doctor of Nursing Practice program 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 University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The baccalaureate, MSN and DNP programs at Gonzaga are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 877-6791.

Can I do the DNP program and gain a Nurse Practitioner credential?

No, the DNP program is a general DNP program, designed to enhance your current specialty with a terminal degree. If you are interested in gaining a different specialty, please contact our admissions office about Gonzaga's Second MSN program.

How long will it take to complete the program?

The program can be completed within 6 semesters if you require only the minimum 31 credits and take 6-7 credits per semester. Should you require more than the minimum 31 credits or desire to be a part-time student, it will take longer to complete the program. However, you must complete the program within five years. Factors that may require additional credits hours are the number of clinical hours completed during a student's MSN program and whether a student has completed a graduate-level inferential statics or biostatistics course and evidence based practice course.

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

You must complete your degree program within 5 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.

Are there fees associated with the program?

Yes, you can find out more about the fees here.

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

You may transfer up to 6 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 course?

All courses in the DNP program are offered as 16-week courses (except NURS 563, which is 8 weeks) during the Spring and Fall semesters, and as 12-week courses during the Summer semester.

Does the online Doctor of Nursing program use a cohort model?

The 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 5 years.

Is a statistics course required?

You must provide evidence of completion of a 3-credit graduate-level biostatistics or inferential statistics course within the last 5 years with an earned grade of a B or better. If you are unsure if the course meets the requirement, you can submit the course description for evaluation with the completed application packet. If you have not completed the course prior to being accepted into the DNP program, it can be taken during the first semester of course work.

Is the Evidence Based Practice for Quality and Safety course a requirement if I have already taken it?

You must provide evidence of completion of a 3-credit graduate level EBP for Quality and Safety course within the last 5 years with an earned grade of a B or better. If you are unsure if the course meets the requirement, you can submit the course description for evaluation with the completed application packet. If you have not completed the course prior to being accepted into the DNP, it can be taken during the first semester of course work.

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 on the team may be a non-faculty expert in the area of study.

What type of support services are available?

  • 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 

Practicum Requirements

Are there any required campus visits?

There is one required campus visit that must be scheduled prior to enrolling in the first practicum course (NURS 701). The DNP immersion (NURS 705) provides an orientation to the program and overview of program requirements. You will receive valuable information related to accessing electronic library resources, creating an electronic portfolio, conducting a DNP project and writing for publication. You have the option of coming to campus a second time for the oral defense of your DNP project proposal, which occurs during NURS 702, the second practicum course. This proposal defense can also occur through teleconferencing.

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 MSN and DNP program. The minimum number of practicum hours that must be completed as part of Gonzaga's DNP program is 360 hours, even if a student enters the program having completed the required 1,000 hours of practicum. Practice hours in the Post-Master's DNP Program are not direct care hours; rather, they are considered indirect care hours that are completed as part of the student's DNP project.

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

You may complete practicum hours at your current workplace. 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 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.