Eligibility & Admission

Application Deadline

  • September 1st
  • All application requirements must be met by application deadline
  • All application materials must be received by application deadline
  • Please order transcripts with adequate time to be received prior to application deadline 

Classes start in May.

Virtual Info Session Schedule - All Times PST

  • February 26: 1:00pm-2:30pm
  • March 22: 8:00am-9:30am
  • April 16: 3:00pm-4:30pm
  • May 16: 3:00pm-4:30pm
  • June 20: 12:00pm-1:30pm
  • July 23: 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • August 12: 12:00pm-1:30pm

RSVP: DNAP@providence.org

Program Questions

DNAP Administrative Assistant
Sacred Heart Medical Center
(509) 474-4971
Email: DNAP@providence.org

Application Questions

Ethan Lewan
Call or Text: (509) 313-6243 or (866) 380-5323




  • A baccalaureate or graduate degree in nursing or an appropriate major, from an accredited university.

  • A current unencumbered, unrestricted license as a registered professional nurse and/or an APRN/ARNP in the United States or its territories or protectorates and be able to obtain a Washington and Idaho State RN license.
  • 2 years of RN experience with a minimum of one year full-time work experience, or its part-time equivalent, as a registered nurse in a critical care setting at the time of application deadline. The best critical care experience is obtained in a busy ICU, CICU, MICU, or SICU.  Critical care experience* must be within the past 2 years.
  • Competencies desired include:
    • Routine management of adult patients on ventilators
    • Interpreting of advanced monitoring techniques
    • Titration of vasoactive medications 


  • 3.0 minimum (3.2 preferred) overall grade point average with strong science grades.
  • Personal interviews with members of the admissions committee, by invitation only. Not all qualified applicants are offered an interview.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the Online Application
  • $50 Application Fee - paid through the Online Application

Official Transcripts

  • One official transcript from every college or university attended

Official transcripts cam be mailed or emailed to:

Gonzaga University
Graduate Admissions Operations
AD Box 102
502 E Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258-0068

Email: gradtranscripts@gonzaga.edu

Three Letters of Recommendation:

  • One recommendation must be from applicant’s immediate supervisor, the individual who completes the applicant's yearly performance evaluations and is able to evaluate professional practice, leadership, interpersonal skills, communication, critical thinking and judgment.
  • The other two recommendations should be from professional colleagues who can evaluate the applicant’s professional practice, leadership, interpersonal skills, communication, critical thinking and judgment.
  • Letters must be submitted by the recommender through the Online Application Process

Submission of Current Registered Nurse License

  • Upload through the Online Application Process. 

Current Professional Curriculum Vitae or Resume

  • Upload through the Online Application Process.
  • Include leadership, volunteer and work experience

 Written Essay:

  • Identify and describe a selected issue related to patient care and safety
  • Synthesize the research evidence related to the contemporary issue related to patient care and safety
  • Based on the research evidence, describe practice change(s) that should be considered
  • Summarize the impact the proposed practice change(s) would have on key stakeholders concerned with the selected contemporary issue related to patient care and safety
  • Maximum 2 pages, double spaced with Times New Roman or Arial 12 point font size. A third page can be included for references only
  • Upload through Online Application Process

Evidence of CCRN Certification

  • Upload through the Online Application Process.

*The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs defines critical care experience as:

"Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories or a US military hospital outside of the United States. During this experience, the registered professional nurse has developed critical decision making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (e.g., pulmonary artery, central venous pressure, and arterial catheters), cardiac assist devices, mechanical ventilation, and vasoactive infusions. Examples of critical care units may include but are not limited to: surgical intensive care, cardiothoracic intensive care, coronary intensive care, medical intensive care, pediatric intensive care, and neonatal intensive care."

Military-Connected Students and Veterans

Currently, all active duty military member must have permission/approval from an Education Services Officer (ESO), Military Counselor, or the Military Service prior to applying.

For more information on how to begin your graduate school application process, please visit the Military and Veteran How to Get Started page.