Online Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-Bacc DNP)
At Gonzaga, our goal is to help you develop personally and professionally. As a result, you will graduate with a quality education from a well-respected institution and emerge practice-ready, rigorously trained, and poised to influence positive change. Founded in our Jesuit ethos, our mission is to deliver leaders who live and practice Cura Personalis – caring for the whole person.
The Post-Bacc DNP offers three pathways for obtaining nurse practitioner certification and licensure:
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
The Demand for Doctorate-Prepared Nurses
In October 2004, the members of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) endorsed the Position Statement on the Practice Doctorate in Nursing. AACN member institutions voted to move the current level of educational preparation for advanced practice nurses, i.e., nurse practitioners (NPs), certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), and certified nurse midwives (CNMs), from a master’s to a doctoral degree by the year 2015. This position was reaffirmed in 2010 based on several national trends:
- “the rapid expansion of knowledge underlying practice;
- the increased complexity of patient care;
- national concerns about the quality of care and patient safety;
- shortages of nursing personnel which demands a higher level of preparation for leaders who can design and assess care;
- shortages of doctorally prepared nursing faculty, and
- increasing educational expectations for the preparation of other health professionals” (AACN, 2011)
“While 13 percent of nurses hold a graduate degree, fewer than one percent have a doctoral degree. Nurses with doctorates are needed to teach future generations of nurses and to conduct research that becomes the basis for improvements in nursing science and practice. The committee recommends doubling the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020.”
– “The Future of Nursing, Focus on Education” by Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, October 2010
Now is the time.
- Summer 2015 Application Deadline – April 15th
- Classes start May 18th
Please Note: We are not admitting Post-Baccalaureate DNP nursing students from the following states: AR, AL, DE, MN and NC. 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.