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?
$935 per credit.
What can students do with this degree?
Nurses with an MSN in Health Systems Leadership typically work as nurse managers, directors, CNO’s, and more. They are able to provide clinical and professional leadership and facilitate system improvements. Nurses in the Nurse Educator track work as a nursing educator in the following positions: health care staff development, staff educator, nursing faculty. Nurses 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. The Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (A/GNP) Program prepares students to provide the full range of services to care for young adults to frail elders in diverse settings with a variety of clients/patients.
Is Gonzaga’s MSN program accredited?
Gonzaga is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs at Gonzaga are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202)877-6791. The DNP accreditation site visit occurred in the fall of 2014 and is now pending CCNE approval.
Can students do the practicum hours where they work?
Students are encouraged find practicum locations outside of their current facilities in order to learn, grow, and have additional networking opportunities. With faculty approval, students can complete practicum hours in the organizations where they are employed. However, their preceptors may not be their direct supervisors, and practicum hours must be separate from worked hours. Students must arrange practicum experiences on other units other than where they work.
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 forums.
What are the requirements for admission to the MSN program?
Gonzaga’s admission 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.
Gonzaga would prefer a bachelor of science in nursing, but that is not required. Students who are admitted without a bachelor’s degree in nursing may need to take some foundational nursing courses before completing master’s-level courses, e.g., statistics, research, and community health nursing.
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. 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, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner tracks will prepare students to apply for Gonzaga University’s Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. An MSN in Nursing Education will qualify nurses 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 Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program within five years of starting GU (all tracks).
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 for the Health Systems Leadership and Nurse Educator tracks and 600 hours in the Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner tracks. Additional on-campus, weekend immersions are required.
What if I can't start at the beginning of a semester? Can I start mid way?
Yes, all of our MSN tracks 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.
Are scholarships available?
Gonzaga University is now offering scholarship opportunities to new students in the online RN to MSN and MSN Nurse Educator and Health Systems Leadership programs (graduate courses only). Download the scholarship application form here. For more information about these scholarships please inquire with the admissions department 1-866-380-5323.