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Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Choosing a school for advanced nursing education is a difficult job. At Gonzaga, our goal is to help you develop personally and professionally. We expect commitment and hard work. As a result, you will graduate with a quality education from a well-respected institution and emerge practice-ready, rigorously trained, and poised to influence positive change.

Founded in our Jesuit ethos, our mission is to deliver leaders who practice and live as people for others. Be ready to serve and change the healthcare industry for the better.

“While 13 percent of nurses hold a graduate degree, fewer than one percent have a doctoral degree. Nurses with doctorates are needed to teach future generations of nurses and to conduct research that becomes the basis for improvements in nursing science and practice. The committee recommends doubling the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020.

– “The Future of Nursing, Focus on Education” by Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and the Robert Wood Johnson Roundation, October 2010

Now is the time.

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DNP Quick Facts

  • Minimum 30 credits
  • Spring, fall, and summer sessions
  • 16 week courses (except 563, which is 8 weeks)
  • One required on-campus immersion in Spokane, WA
    • two additional campus visits are available and optional
  • $905 per credit hour

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

DNP Program Details

  • Eligible students: This online program is available to registered nurses who have earned a master’s degree in nursing, specifically nurse practitioners, health system leaders/nurse administrators, and clinical nurse specialists.
  • Schedule: DNP courses are offered online in the fall, spring and summer.
  • On-Campus Immersions: The program requires one on-campus immersion that must be scheduled prior to enrolling in the first practicum course (NURS 701). The immersion is a 3 day orientation to the program and overview of program requirements. Students receive valuable information related to accessing electronic library resources, creating an electronic portfolio, conducting a scholarly DNP project, and writing for publication. The student has the option of coming to campus a second time for the oral defense of the student’s scholarly project proposal, which occurs during NURS 702, the second practicum course. The proposal defense can also occur electronically via Skype.
    DNP Immersion
    Integrative Application of Evidence-Based Practice *Scheduled prior to enrolling in the first practicum course (NURS 701). Three (3) day visit to campus/orientation.
    NURS 702 DNP Practicum II: Application of Evidence-Based Practice ll **OPTIONAL CAMPUS VISIT DURING 702 for oral defense of scholarly project proposal.
    NURS 704 DNP Practicum IV: Application of Evidence-Based Practice ***OPTIONAL CAMPUS VISIT DURING NURS 704 for final defense of scholarly project.

    *The student is required to submit an individualized practicum proposal and objectives for the practicum experience.

    **Proposal defense can also occur electronically via Skype.

    ***Proposal defense can also occur electronically via Skype. Prerequisite: NURS 703 and NURS 763, Co-requisite: NURS 764

  • Credit & Practicum requirements: The post-master’s DNP requires the completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours. The number of practicum hours that each student must complete is individualized based on the number completed in the student’s MSN program. Each student must meet the required 1,000 practicum hours by program completion, including practicum hours from the student’s MSN program. The student must complete a minimum of 360 practicum hours, but it could be more depending on the number completed in the student’s master’s program.
  • Transfer credits: Students may transfer up to 6 credits of comparable graduate level coursework from another doctoral program at the discretion of the nursing faculty.
  • Degree completion: Students must complete their degree program within five years of starting GU (all programs). Also, students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to be eligible to graduate.
  • Accreditation: 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). The DNP Program is in the process of accreditation. Accreditation visit scheduled for Fall 2014.

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

Why Gonzaga Nursing?

While you’re crunching numbers and schedules, trying to choose a DNP program that will fit your life and goals, we’d love to share some of our best features with you. Like a proud parent, we’ll try to keep it brief, but its’ hard to hide how proud we are of our program, faculty and students.

  • Experience: Our nursing programs have been delivering distance education for more than 30 years. Our faculty is experienced in working with online students and teaching in online platforms.
  • 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.
  • 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 DNP Program 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.
  • The “master key”: An online nursing degree from Gonzaga University opens doors. It’s that simple. The leverage that comes with a degree from a well-respected, Jesuit university with over 125 years of rich history is substantial. Gonzaga has earned a reputation among employers as delivering graduates who bring great value to their organizations. We like to think of our masters degrees as “master keys” suited to unlock any door facing our graduates. You’ll discover new ways of thinking and new ways to do the kind of work you want and are called to do.

At a Glance


31 minimum

Average completion time

6-8 semesters

Cost per credit



Program pending, Gonzaga accredited by Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities



Admission cycles

Fall, Spring Summer


One, three-day immersion required in Spokane, WA


Top 4 Regional University in the West by U.S. News & World Report

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