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SECOND


MASTER'S


DEGREE

The online Second Master’s Degree nursing program (formerly Post-Master’s Certificate) is designed for the Registered Nurse who already possesses a Master’s degree in Nursing but desires additional preparation in another specialty area. The program is structured to meet the needs and schedules of working Registered Nurses through the same distributive learning formats used in the MSN program.

Distinctive features of the Second Master’s Degree program are:

  • Instruction by caring faculty, many of whom continue to practice in their areas of specialization
  • Emphasis on Jesuit inspired values of knowledge, sensitivity, integrity, excellence, and justice
  • Pursuit of humanistic and ethical alternatives to solve contemporary nursing and health care problems
  • Critical reasoning vital to professional judgment and ethical decision making

Application Deadline:

  • Spring 2015 Session “B” Application Deadline – February 22nd
    • Classes start March 16th

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PLEASE NOTE: We are not admitting nursing students into any program from the following states: AR, AL, DE, and NC. In addition to these states, we are also not admitting Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner students from Minnesota (we will admit Nurse Educator and Health Systems Leadership students from MN). Also, we are only accepting students from the following states for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: WA, ID, OR, MT, CA, NV, UT, AK, WY and AZ.

Second Master's Quick Facts

  • $900 per credit hour
  • 8-Week MSN Core Sessions: Each semester contains two 8-week sessions taken one after another (fall and spring only). You can accelerate your progress through the program by taking more than one class in each eight week session. Practicum Session lengths may vary. Courses outside of the MSN Core are 16 weeks in length.
  • Accredited: Our online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Rolling Admissions: Admission into the Second Master’s program is on a space available basis.
  • Gonzaga determines the students progression plan after receiving the entire application package

Program information is subject to change. Contact an Admission Counselor for further questions.

Second Master's Track Options

Second Master's Eligibility Criteria

The online Second Master’s Degree program (formerly Post-Master’s Certificate) is designed for the Registered Nurse who already possesses a Master’s degree in Nursing but desires additional preparation in another specialty area.

Prerequisite – A master’s degree with a major in nursing from an accredited college or university is required.

PLEASE NOTE: We are not admitting nursing students from the following states: AR, AL, DE, NC, and MN (FNP and PMH-NP only). We are only accepting students from the following states for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: WA, ID, OR, MT, CA, NV, UT, AK, WY and AZ.

Note: 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.

 

Second Master's Application Checklist

Applicants are able to upload all items listed below within the online application – except for transcripts which should be mailed in to the address listed below.

  1. A completed application form and non-refundable fee of $50 which can be paid at the end of your online application.
  2. Documentation of an earned master\’s degree with a major in nursing from an accredited college or university.
  3. One official transcript from every college, university & nursing school attended which can be mailed to the address listed below.
  4. Current Registered Nurse license.
  5. MAT Test Score
    • You must take the MAT (Miller Analogies Test) and provide a copy of test scores to be admitted into this program. If you have taken the MAT within the last five years, you do not need to retake it, only provide a copy of your test scores. Gonzaga will also accept GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) scores.  Go to www.milleranalogies.com to find test information and testing centers.
  6. Current professional vitae.
  7. Typewritten statement describing:
    1. Interest in the Second Master\’s Degree program and what he/she hopes to gain from the degree
    2. Professional goals
    3. Strengths
    4. Professional experiences
  8. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant\’s leadership, interpersonal skills, critical thinking and judgment, and professional practice (e.g., supervisor, professional colleague, professor). Recommendation letters will be uploaded through the online application portal by the recommender.

If you would like to petition for transfer credits from another program, please download a “Permission to Transfer Graduate Credits” form and submit it with an accompanying syllabus or course descriptions and official transcripts.

Mail Transcripts to:

Virtual Campus Admissions
502 E. Boone Ave.
Spokane, WA 99258-0068
509-313-6658509-313-6658

Program information is subject to change. Contact an Admission Counselor for further questions.

Why Gonzaga Nursing?

  • Quality – Gonzaga’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) graduates average 95% pass rate on the national nurse practitioner certification exams.

  • Ranking: Gonzaga University has been ranked one of the top universities in the West for 16 years by US News & World Report. In addition, The Princeton Review and Forbes Magazine have separately ranked us one of the nation’s best universities.
  • Accreditation: Our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Additionally, Gonzaga University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.
  • Practicing Faculty: Gonzaga nursing faculty walks the talk. All nurse practitioner faculty still actively work in health care and provide students access to current health care policy issues, evolving trends, and real-world challenges facing the industry.
  • Accessible and Flexible: You have complete access to professors as needed through online discussion boards, email, and scheduled phone or skype appointments. Your coursework can be accessed from anywhere thanks to a convenient online environment.
  • Jesuit: Gonzaga online nursing students experience the subtle, yet intentional infusion of the Jesuit mission of men and women for others. This humanistic approach creates a community that encourages an exchange of knowledge with and among each other—the faculty, the students, and the communities in which they live and work to impact change.
  • Systems thinking: Graduates of Gonzaga’s Nursing programs are prepared to engage in systems thinking to solve complex problems, translate evidence to improve health care practices and population health, lead quality improvement and change initiatives, and demonstrate effective intraprofessional collaboration.

Second Master's Tracks

Gonzaga University’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Health Systems Leadership (HSL) Program incorporates knowledge from business, organizational behavior, quality improvement, health care law, and nursing to teach you how to devise innovative solutions to today’s complex health care problems.

The online MSN Health Systems Leadership Track 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.

PLEASE NOTE: We are not admitting into the Health Systems Leadership Tracknursing students from the following states: AR, AL, DE, and NC.

Visit the Health Systems Leadership Track page for:

  • Curriculum
  • Course descriptions
  • Immersions
  • Career and financing information

Our online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program will prepare you 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
  • Clinics for the homeless or uninsured

PLEASE NOTE: We are not admitting nursing students into the Family Nurse Practitioner Track from the following states: AR, AL, DE, MN and NC.

Visit the Family Nurse Practitioner Track page for:

  • Curriculum
  • Course descriptions
  • Immersions
  • Career and financing information

Our online MSN Nurse Educator program will prepare students to work as a nursing educator in the following positions/settings:

  • Staff development in a healthcare facility
  • Patient educator in a healthcare agency
  • Nursing faculty in an academic setting

PLEASE NOTE: We are not admitting into the Nurse Educator Track nursing students from the following states: AR, AL, DE, and NC.

Visit the Nurse Educator Track page for:

  • Curriculum
  • Course descriptions
  • Immersions
  • Career and financing information

Our online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program will prepare you 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
  • Facilitate system improvements

Clinical practice focuses on persons of all ages with diagnosed psychiatric disorders and individuals, families, or populations at risk for mental illness.

PLEASE NOTE: We are only accepting students into the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track from the following states WA, ID, OR, MT, CA, NV, UT, AK, WY and AZ.

Visit the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track page for:

  • Curriculum
  • Course descriptions
  • Immersions
  • Career and financing information

The online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Adult/Geriatric Nurse Nurse Practitioner (A/GNP) Program prepares students to:

  • Provide the full range of services that comprise adult/geriatric health care in diverse settings with a variety of clients/patients
  • Provide clinical and professional leadership
  • Facilitate system improvements

This track prepares nurses to care for young adults to frail elders. A/GNPs typically practice in primary care settings, such as:

  • private practices
  • clinics
  • nursing homes
  • long-term care facilities

PLEASE NOTE: We are not admitting nursing students into the Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner track from the following states: AR, AL, DE, MN and NC.

Visit the Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Track page for:

  • Curriculum
  • Course descriptions
  • Immersions
  • Career and financing information