Admission packets may be obtained from Gonzaga University Virtual Campus Admissions by phone at 1-866-380-5323 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org (Patrick Ross) and requesting an application packet. In special circumstances, individuals applying for admission may be permitted to take courses for one semester while the admission process is completed. The designated fee must accompany the application form. Admission decisions are based upon the applicant’s total profile and space available.
Prerequisite – A master’s degree with a major in nursing from an accredited college or university is required.
DEADLINES: Second Master’s Degree applications are accepted on a rolling, space-available basis.
Each applicant must submit the following materials to Gonzaga University Virtual Campus Admissions:
- A completed application form and non-refundable fee of $50;
- Documentation of an earned master’s degree with a major in nursing from an accredited college or university;
- One official transcript from every college, university & nursing school attended;
- Current Registered Nurse license;
- Current professional vitae;
- Typewritten statement describing;a. interest in the Second Master’s Degree program and what he/she hopes to gain from the degree,b. professional goals,c. strengths,d. professional experiences
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s leadership, interpersonal skills, critical thinking and judgement, and professional practice (e.g., employer, professional colleague, professor)
Applications are considered on a space-available basis.
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track:
This option prepares students to work as Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners. They are prepared to provide the full range of services that comprise primary mental health care in diverse settings with a variety of clients/patients, to provide clinical and professional leadership, and facilitate system improvements. Their clinical practice focuses on persons of all ages with diagnosed psychiatric disorders and individuals, families, or populations at risk for mental illness. The PMHNP core courses are offered online. When students begin their practicum courses, they are required to participate in one on-campus immersion during each of the four practicum courses and two on-campus immersions when taking the Advanced Health Assessment course. These immersions are two days in length. Students also have at least one site visit from a clinical faculty during two of the practicum courses. Additional site visits are arranged as needed.
Family Nurse Practitioner Track:
This option prepares students to provide a holistic approach to primary care for individuals and families of all ages and to manage a wide variety of acute and chronic health problems. Family Nurse Practitioners work in independent as well as collaborative practice settings, such as private practices, urgent care centers, health maintenance organizations, clinics, health departments, student health centers, and clinics for the homeless or uninsured. The FNP core courses are offered online. When students begin their practicum courses, they are required to participate in two on-campus immersions during each of the three practicum courses as well as when taking the Advanced Health Assessment course. These immersions are two days in length. Students residing in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana also have at least one site visit from a clinical faculty during each practicum course. Students living outside of this four-state region are required to arrange for an additional on-campus day in conjunction with one of the immersions during each practicum course in order to complete the faculty site visit requirement.
Nurse Educator Track:
This option prepares registered nurses to work as educators in academic, hospital, and community-based settings. Students develop an area of clinical specialization as well as competency in curriculum development, teaching-learning strategies, and assessment of student learning. Particular emphasis is placed on tailoring content and practicum experiences to individual needs. Students have direct care practicum experiences in both acute care and community settings. The NE core courses are offered online. During their practicum courses, students learn strategies for teaching in the classroom, online, simulations, and in the clinical setting. Two 2-3 day, on-campus immersions are required.
Health Systems Leadership Track:
This option prepares registered nurses to assume leadership and administrative positions in inpatient, outpatient, community-based, and academic settings. Students gain knowledge and competency in financial and human capital management, as well as strategies for responding to the ethical and legal issues encountered in administrative roles. The HSL core courses are offered online. Practicum experiences are arranged by the student to meet identified learning needs. There is a required two-day, on-campus immersion during the last practicum course.