Program Questions

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

Application Questions

Gonzaga Online Admissions
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What is the deadline to apply to the DNAP program?

The last day to have a completed application submitted for the DNAP program is September 1st, with class beginning the following May.

Is an interview required as part of the application process?

An interview is required. The interview may be used to clarify aspects of the application and determine whether the student’s goals are a good match for Gonzaga’s DNAP program. It also provides an opportunity for the student to ask questions of faculty and students. Approximately 25 - 30 selected applicants will be invited to the mandatory on-site interviews which will be conducted over two or three days. Not all minimally qualified applicants will be offered interviews.

Personal interviews with members of the admissions committee are by invitation only and happen in October.

What documents must be submitted for application to the Gonzaga DNAP program?

  • Official transcripts (all colleges and universities attended)
  • Three reference letters
  • Professional resume/vitae
  • Written statement
  • Evidence of CCRN
  • Application fee
  • Current RN license

Is the GRE required as part of my application?

No – we require applicants to obtain their CCRN certification instead.

What is a CRNA?

A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist is an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) with a Master’s or doctoral degree who has graduated from an accredited program and passed the National Qualifying Examination. CRNAs administer 60% of the anesthetics given in the USA and practice in a variety of settings including small and large hospitals, general and specialty outpatient surgery centers, offices, obstetric units, and military settings. In rural America, CRNAs provide nearly all of the anesthesia services. CRNAs may work with anesthesiologists (physicians with a residency in anesthesia) in a team practice or may be the solo providers of anesthesia services in a facility or community.

How long is the program?

The Gonzaga DNAP program is a 36-month (9 semester) full-time program beginning in May. Students will participate in courses full-time throughout the year with two weeks off in the summer.

What is the class size?

Up to 12 candidates are accepted on a yearly basis.

Are there fees associated with the program?

  • Application fee: $50
  • Enrollment fee: $1000 payable along with the student’s letter of acceptance of an offered position. This money serves as a good faith intent to enroll, and will be credited to the first semester’s tuition. If the student does not enroll, he/she forfeits the enrollment fee.
  • Students bear the cost of the mandatory drug screen upon enrollment; current cost is $75.
  • Associate membership in the AANA is a one-time fee of $200 upon enrollment.
  • $500 program fee per semester to aid in clinical housing.
  • $250/year for electronic record keeping for certification requirement.
  • The current cost of the national certifying exam is $725 and must be submitted with the student’s application 6 weeks prior to graduation.

Do I need to move to Spokane to complete the program?

Yes. The DNAP program will require in-person coursework and clinical practicum and the student must live in the greater Spokane area.

How much time will I need to spend on campus?

The program is full-time, in person at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center with occasional classes on campus at Gonzaga.

Are any parts of the program online?

Currently there are no online offerings.

What are the minimum practicum requirements?

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) has set the following minimum requirements for eligibility for the certification exam:

  • Clinical cases: 650

A full list of case requirements is available on the COA webpage.

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

A student who has earned some credits, but has not completed a doctoral degree, may transfer up to 6 credits to apply toward completion of the degree requirements for the DNAP at the discretion of the program directors.

What is the capstone project?

The candidate will engage in scholarly inquiry to analyze, evaluate, or transform a relevant aspect of clinical practice. The project may take on many forms, but will be specific to the candidate’s area of professional interest. Some possibilities include: implementation of evidence-based guidelines for clinical practice, an in-house education and training program that emerges as the best way to implement new knowledge, or a scholarly article submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Is there a minimum GPA requirement to graduate?

Students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to be eligible to graduate.

What is the cost of the program?

The cost is a competitive $975 a credit.

How do I document my shadowing experience?

Hours will be documented on the application.

Do I need ACLS and PALS certifications prior to starting the program?

Yes. The Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Programs requires all students in a program are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) before beginning clinical activity.

What is a life science course?

Life sciences courses involve the scientific study of living organisms, such as microorganisms, animals, and human beings. Some life sciences focus on a specific type of life, while other life sciences focus on aspects common to all or many life forms. Some examples include, but are not limited to: chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, physiology, pathophysiology, and anatomy.