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 

Info Sessions via Zoom

  • May 18th - 12:00pm-1:00pm PST
  • June 16th - 5:00pm-6:00pm PST
  • July 15th - 2:00pm-3:00pm PST
  • August 17th - 3:00pm-4:00pm PST

RSVP is required, please specify session you will attend 

RSVP: DNAP@providence.org

Program Questions

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

Application Questions

Gonzaga Graduate Admissions
Call or Text: (866) 380-5323
Email: gradadmissions@gonzaga.edu



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.

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

7 life science courses. Some examples include, but are not limited to: chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, pharmacology, physiology, pathophysiology, and anatomy.

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.

Competencies desired include:

  • Routine management of adult patients on ventilators
  • Interpreting of advanced monitoring techniques
  • Titration of vasoactive medications. 

Critical care experience must be within the past 2 years.

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."


  • 3.0 minimum (3.2 preferred) overall grade point average with strong science grades.

CCRN certification is required and documentation is submitted as part of application.

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
  • Documentation of an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • One official transcript* from every college, university and nursing school attended mailed to Gonzaga University.

Email Transcripts to:


Or Mail Transcripts to: 

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

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.

Recommended 24 hours cumulative shadowing time with an anesthesia provider, experience to be recorded on the application. Documentation should include contact information of anesthesia provider(s) with whom you've shadowed, the date(s), location(s) and total number of hours.

The last day to have a complete application for the DNAP program is September 1st with classes beginning the following May.

Please have all official transcripts* sent to:

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

*TRANSCRIPT TIP: Order as many official transcripts that you need for all the schools you may be applying to and have all your official transcripts sent directly to you (perhaps even order an extra set of transcripts for your own records). After you have received all your official transcripts (they must remain UNOPENED & in the original college/university sealed envelope) send them to us in one large packet, using a mailing method which allows you to track the packet (ex: FedEx, etc). Following this TRANSCRIPT TIP will give you more control over when your transcripts are received and less guesswork and potential stress on your end.