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A Master’s of Science in Nursing degree from Gonzaga University will give you the leverage you need to advance your career as the demand for health care professionals reaches a critical need.  You will find our most frequently asked questions below.

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General Questions about Gonzaga’s MSN Program

What is the cost per credit?

Cost per credit is $955 for Health Systems Leadership courses and $1000 per credit for Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner courses.

Is Gonzaga’s MSN program accredited?

Gonzaga is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The baccalaureate, MSN, and DNP programs at Gonzaga University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

What are the requirements for admission to the MSN program?

See most up to date requirements on the Application Requirements page.

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.

The Course Experience

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 option and 600 hours in the Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner options. Additional on-campus, weekend immersions are required.

Can students do the practicum hours where they work?

Students are encouraged to 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 type of support services will I receive?

Online and on-campus students have access to all of Gonzaga’s resources including Foley Library, IT Help Desk, the Career Center, Grad Student Association, Disability Access, and University Ministry. We are all here to help you succeed.

The Student Services team is available to answer your questions and to connect you to the resources that you need. You will also be assigned a faculty advisor to help guide you with your academic goals.

Will students need any special equipment for their computers?

Students will need a headset with a microphone as well as Microsoft Office.  The online format is also Mac compatible. For more information on technology requirements click here.

Why an MSN Degree

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 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.

Will the program prepare nurses to apply for a DNP program?

Currently, the MSN in Health Systems Leadership, Family 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. Students who are seeking further education should check the individual DNP/PhD program requirements for the various schools of interest.

Program information is subject to change.

Applications Deadlines:

Health Systems Leadership – Fall 2017 Start Deadline, June 19th

All nursing programs (except HSL) – January 2018 Start Deadline, September 11th

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