Why should nurses pursue an MSN?
Whether it’s qualifying for a new job, becoming a nurse educator, or gaining healthcare management skills, advancing your education takes dedication and commitment. Investing in your MSN can pay off in a number of ways. For example, according to a recent report provided by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), there are shortages of nurse educators at schools across the nation. A high-quality, online MSN degree program like Gonzaga’s will provide the flexibility and support to enable you to earn your MSN degree to help you expand your knowledge and expertise, assume new areas of responsibility, and advance your career.
What is the cost per credit?
$870 per credit starting Fall 2013.
What can students do with this degree?
Students with an MSN in Health Systems Leadership or Nursing Education typically work as nurse managers, directors, CNO’s, educators, and more. Students with an MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) provide a holistic approach to primary care for individuals and families of all ages and manage a wide variety of acute and chronic health problems. The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) MSN Program prepares students to provide the full range of services that comprise primary mental health care in diverse settings with a variety of clients/patients, provide clinical and professional leadership, and facilitate system improvements.
Is Gonzaga’s MSN program accredited?
Gonzaga is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Gonzaga’s nursing program is also accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Can students do the practicum hours where they work?
Students find practicum locations outside of their current facility to learn, grow, and have additional networking opportunities. In some cases students who work in a larger health care facility may be able to complete all or part of the practicum where they work, but they will need to secure faculty approval first.
How often will students have to log in to class?
The MSN program has deadlines for completing and submitting work, but no scheduled times for you to be logged into your class. Students will enjoy a great deal of interaction via the asynchronous discussion boards.
What are the requirements for admission to the MSN program?
Gonzaga’s admissions committee looks at five areas of each applicant’s file: cumulative GPA, resume, 2 letters of recommendation, letter of intent, and Miller Analogies Test score.
Will students need any special equipment for their computers?
Other than Microsoft Office, students are not required to have any special equipment for their computers, and the online format is also Mac compatible.
Will the program prepare nurses to apply for a DNP program?
Currently, the MSN in Health Systems Leadership will prepare students to apply for Gonzaga University’s DNP program. Nurses with an MSN in Nursing Education will qualify students to apply to a PhD program. Students who are seeking further education should check the individual DNP/PhD program requirements for the various schools of interest.
How long do I have to complete my degree from the time I start?
Students must complete their degree program within five years of starting GU (all programs).
Is there a minimum GPA requirement to graduate?
Students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to be eligible to graduate.
Is the program all online?
The courses are online, and students will not have to log on at a certain time of day. Students will complete 360 practicum hours in their local areas. There is one 2-day campus visit at the end of the two year and one semester program.
What if I can't start at the beginning of a semester? Can I start mid way?
Yes, some of our programs we have convenient mid-semester start dates. This is possible because we split our semesters into two, eight-week sessions for the MSN Core Courses allowing you to focus on one class at a time but still complete two in one semester. Contact an Admission Counselor to see if you are eligible.