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DOCTOR OF


NURSING

PRACTICE


(DNP)

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Before you proceed to the online application, you may want to review the Eligibility Criteria and Application Checklist below.

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DNP Admission Requirements

Registered nurses who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply to Gonzaga’s post-master’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program:

  • A master’s degree in nursing with a concentration as a Nurse Practitioner, Health Systems Leadership/Nursing Administration or Clinical Nurse Specialist. Programs must be accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Current MSN students who will complete master’s level coursework prior to the start of DNP classes can still apply. *Final official transcript, APN License (if applicable), and Verification of Practicum hours must be submitted at completion of MSN program.
  •  A cumulative grade point average (GPA) from master’s-level nursing courses of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale. If GPA falls below a 3.3 please include an explanation of GPA statement.
  • Documentation of an Evidence Based Practice (EBP) course on an official transcript. If the student has not had an EBP course, he or she can still be fully admitted, but will be required to complete an EBP course prior to starting DNP course work. Gonzaga offers this course and it is available online to DNP students.
  • Must have taken a 3-semester credit graduate-level inferential statistics or biostatistics course within the last 5 years with an earned grade of B or better. If the student has not had a statistics course, or it does not fall within the time constraints, he or she can still be fully admitted, but will be required to complete a statistics course prior to starting DNP course work. Gonzaga offers this course and it is available online to DNP students.
  • 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.
  • Provide a verification form documenting supervised practicum hours earned in a master’s program.
  • Must possess an unencumbered RN license from the state where practicum/capstone courses will be completed and provide documentation.
  • An interview via phone or Skype may be requested.

DNP Application Checklist

Applicants are able to upload all items listed below within the online application – except for transcripts and verification of practicum hours, which should be mailed in (address listed below).

  • Updated curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A 1000 word scholarly essay that describes:
    • The candidates reasons for pursuing a DNP at Gonzaga University and how the program will prepare the candidate to meet his/her professional goals
    • Experiences and background that have prepared the candidate to be successful while pursuing a doctoral degree
    • Clinical issue/problem to be addressed in a scholarly project, including:
      • An in-depth description of the identified clinical problem or issue
      • How the problem was identified
      • The population that is adversely affected
      • What change the candidate proposes to implement
      • How the candidate envisions that the practice problem/clinical issue will make a difference in the quality of our national healthcare system
      • Why the candidate feels passionate about suggesting improvements about this particular clinical issue/practice problem
  • 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.
  • Official transcript(s) from every institution attended; in addition, official transcript(s) posting MSN or MN degree from granting institution in a sealed envelope mailed (address listed below). Unless current MSN student who will complete coursework prior to the start of DNP classes – submit transcript thus far. *Final official transcript must be submitted at completion of MSN program.
  • Copy of current RN license and/or copy of current Advanced Practice license (if applicable). 
  • Copy of current advanced practice certification in the area of specialization (if applicable). 
  • Verification of practicum hours completed in MSN program click here for the form mailed to (address listed below).
  • Three  letters of recommendation, including recommendation forms (sent from within the online application)
    • Two must be from a colleague/supervisor who is able to evaluate current competency in nursing and the candidate’s potential for advanced nursing practice (clinical or leadership depending on area of practice).
    • Applicants are strongly encouraged to have one letter from a former college/university nursing professor who can attest to the candidate’s potential for academic success in a doctoral program
    • Letters must be signed and on letterhead. Recommendation letters will be uploaded through the online application portal by the recommender.

If you would like to petition for transfer of credits from another doctoral program please fill out the Permission to Transfer Graduate Credits form through the Registrar’s office and submit with accompanying syllabus or course description and official transcripts – students may transfer up to 6 credits from an accredited doctoral program.

Download Permission to Transfer Graduate Credits form here.

Attention All Nursing Applicants: We are not admitting nursing students from the following states: AR, AL, DE, and NC.

Mail Transcripts and Verification of Practicum Hours to:

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502 E. Boone Ave.
Spokane, WA 99258-0068
509-313-6658