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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

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Quick Facts

  • $935 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: 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.
  • 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.

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.

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.

 

Application Requirements

Complete the Online Application

Pay $50 application fee (pay at the end of the online application).

Official Transcripts

Submit one official transcript from each college or university attended.

  • If your cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0 please include an explanation of GPA statement.
  • If you previously attended Gonzaga or are a current student, please note that GU transcripts are ordered by your admissions counselor on your behalf.

Mail official transcripts to:

Gonzaga University
Virtual Campus Admissions
502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258-0068

Two Recommenders

Request a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation through the online application. Your references will be contacted directly by us via email with directions for submitting their letters of recommendation and evaluation checklist on your behalf. Provide a minimum of two recommenders who can evaluate your leadership, interpersonal skills, critical thinking, judgment, professional practice, and your ability and capacity to complete a graduate degree. Please note: recommendations from family members are not accepted.

Statement of Purpose

Submit an essay that is well written, organized, and includes the following:

  • Interest in the Second Masters program and specific track option and what you hope to gain from the degree.
  • Professional goals
  • Personal and professional strengths
  • Professional experiences

Entrance Exams

  • Request official score from the MAT or the GRE to be sent to Gonzaga.
  • Applicants who do not meet the cumulative GPA requirement of 3.0 or are graduates from a program which does not issue GPA must submit either MAT or GRE scores.
  • Test scores must be less than five years old.
  • Prepare to take the MAT (Miller Analogies Test) by going to www.milleranalogies.com or call 1-800-622-3231 or visit our Test Preparation page.
  • MAT or GRE requirement is waived for GU alum with a GPA of 3.3 or better in the last 3 years.

Current Professional Curriculum Vitae

Provide an updated professional curriculum vitae.

Current Registered Nurse License

Provide proof of registered nurse licensure.

Transfer Credits

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


International Students

In addition to the above application requirements, international students must also submit the following documents:

Proof of English language

  • TOEFL score of 88 or
  • IELTS score of 6.5 or
  • Verification of English language proficiency from the Gonzaga University ISSS office or
  • an official recommendation from Gonzaga University’s English Language Center.

International Transcripts

  • Submission of foreign transcripts in the original language and a certified English copy and
  • Official transcript/degree evaluation from Gonzaga University’s ISSS office or
  • WES/ECE evaluation

Copy of passport picture page

  • If the applicant does not have a passport, a copy of identification card from the home country is required.

Proof of Adequate Funding to Study in the US

Note: International students cannot receive an I-20 from enrolling in the online program; they must take courses at the Spokane campus.  For more information on the International Student Program please call 509-313-6563.

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.
  • 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.

Application Deadline:

  • Fall “B” Session Application Deadline – Monday, September 28th
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Second Master’s Track Options

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 Track nursing students from the following states: AR, AL, DE, MN 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 into the Family Nurse Practitioner Track nursing students from the following states: AR, AL, DE, MN, MD 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, MN 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 into the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track students 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 into the Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Track nursing students from the following states: AR, AL, DE, MD, MN, KY and NC.

Visit the Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Track page for:

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

192797_CCNE_logoGonzaga 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.

 

PLEASE NOTE: We are not admitting nursing students in any program from the following states: AR, AL, DE, MD (Nurse Educator & Health Systems Leadership tracks okay), MN and NC. We are not admitting Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner students from KY. 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.