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You will graduate from Gonzaga University’s Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program practice-ready, rigorously trained, and as a leader poised to influence positive change.  You will find our most frequently asked questions below.  Feel free to give us a call at 1-866-380-5323 with any additional questions.

General Questions about Gonzaga’s Post-Master’s DNP Program

Is an interview required as part of the application process?

An interview is not required for all applicants. However, faculty reserves the right to conduct an interview to clarify aspects of the application and determine whether the student’s goals are a good match for Gonzaga’s DNP Program. It also provides an opportunity for the student to ask questions of faculty. If indicated, interviews are conducted by phone.

How long will it take to complete the program?

The program can be completed within 6 semesters if the student requires only the minimum 31 credits and takes 6-7 credits per semester. Should the student require more than 31 credits to complete program requirements or desire to be part-time, it will take longer to complete the program. However, students must complete the program within five years of initial enrollment.

How long do I have to complete my degree from the time I start?

Students must complete their degree program within five years of starting at GU.

Are there fees associated with the program?

Yes, please visit this page in the Student Resources section to see full list of fees.

Can I transfer credits that were earned in another doctoral program?

A student who has earned some credits, but has not completed a doctoral degree, may transfer up to 6 credits to apply toward completion of the degree requirements for the DNP at the discretion of the faculty.

Is Gonzaga's online DNP program accredited?

The baccalaureate and master’s nursing and DNP programs at Gonzaga are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 877-6791.

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

What is the duration of each online DNP program session?

All courses in the DNP program will be offered as 16-week courses (except 563, which is 8 weeks) during spring and fall sessions, and as 12-week courses during summer session.

Does the online Doctor of Nursing program use a cohort model?

The DNP Program does not use a cohort model. The program allows students the flexibility to alter their progression plan as long as they complete degree requirements within 5 years.

Is a statistics course required?

The applicant must provide evidence of completion of a 3 semester credit graduate-level biostatistics or inferential statistics course within the last 5 years with an earned grade of B or better. If an applicant is unsure if the course meets the requirement, he or she can submit the course description for evaluation with the completed application packet. If an applicant has not completed the course prior to being accepted into the DNP program, it can be taken during the first semester of course work.

What does the DNP project entail?

The DNP project allows the student to demonstrate mastery of DNP curricular content. The student refines the idea for the project in the first practicum course, NURS 701. In the second practicum course, the student designs the project and presents an oral defense. The student implements it in the third practicum course and completes the evaluation in NURS 704. The student is also expected to give an oral presentation and final defense of the project before his or her DNP project team. Some examples of possible DNP projects include a practice change initiative, a pilot study, a program evaluation, a quality improvement project, or an evaluation of a new practice model. The student utilizes evidence to improve an area of clinical or leadership practice in relation to a designated population.

What are the expectations in relation to documentation of the DNP project?

The student has the option of documenting the completed DNP project as a manuscript that is submitted to an appropriate scholarly journal for publication.

Who are the members of the DNP project team?

The team is comprised of a minimum of two doctorally-prepared Gonzaga nursing faculty, one of whom functions as the faculty mentor. An optional third member on the team may be a non-faculty expert in the area of study.

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 you need. You will also be assigned a faculty advisor to help guide you with your academic goals.

Practicum Requirements

Are there any required campus visits?

There is one required campus visit that must be scheduled prior to enrolling in the first practicum course (NURS 701). The DNP Immersion (NURS 705) provides the student an 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 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 DNP project proposal, which occurs during NURS 702, the second practicum course. This proposal defense can also occur through teleconferencing.

What are the minimum practicum requirements?

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing requires the completion of a minimum of 1,000 hours of practicum experience spanning a MSN and DNP Program. The minimum number of practicum hours that must be completed as part of Gonzaga’s DNP Program is 360 hours, even if a student enters the program having completed the required 1,000 hours of practicum. Practice hours in the post-master’s DNP Program are not direct care hours; rather, they are considered indirect care hours that are completed as part of the student’s DNP project.

Can I complete some of my practicum hours at my workplace?

Students may complete practicum hours in the organizations in which they work. However, they cannot be precepted by a direct supervisor or complete practicum hours in the area of the organization where they are employed or during time on the job when being paid.

Application 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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At a Glance


31 minimum

Average completion time

7 semesters (including summers)

Cost per credit



Online Course Delivery

Admission cycles

Fall, Spring Summer


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