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 two pathways for obtaining nurse practitioner certification and licensure:
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)
“As patient needs and care environments have become more complex, nurses need to attain requisite competencies to deliver high-quality care. These competencies include leadership, health policy, system improvement, research and evidence-based practice, and teamwork and collaboration, as well as competency in specific content areas such as community and public health and geriatrics. …To respond to these increasing demands, the IOM committee calls for nurses to achieve higher levels of education and suggests that they be educated in new ways that better prepare them to meet the needs of the population.”
– “The Future of Nursing, Focus on Education” by Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, October 2010
Returning for my DNP was a personal goal of mine. I want to stay competitive and have options open for opportunities to practice in clinical settings as well as in academia. The DNP program was a great investment. The cost was well worth it, and it was competitively priced. I felt that I received a great education and did not go broke while achieving it! Read more.
– Dr. Meagan Soltwisch, DNP, FNP-C
Gonzaga’s model of education that includes mind, body, and spirit is compelling as it resonates with my own life view. Gonzaga offers higher education that incorporates social justice and humanistic values in order to make a difference when serving the common good. I wholeheartedly believe in the dedication to higher-learning in order to respectfully serve others as a health care provider, and as a mother, wife, daughter, sister, and community member. Read more.
– Dr. Tracey Day DNP, NP(F)