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Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Post-Baccalaureate to DNP program (all tracks), you must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with an unencumbered RN license from a CCNE or ACEN accredited nursing program. If an individual has a non-BSN degree and an unencumbered RN license, they are still able to apply. Students who are admitted without a bachelor’s degree in nursing may need to take up to four foundational nursing courses before completing graduate-level courses, eg. Statistics, research, community health nursing, and community health practicum. If your GPA falls below a 3.3 you can still apply, but must provide a GPA explanation and official GRE exam scores from the last 5 years.

PLEASE NOTE: We are only accepting into the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner Options students from the following states: WA, ID, OR, MT, CA, NV, UT, AK, WY and AZ.

An interview via phone may be requested.

Application Requirements

Complete the Online Application

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

Official Transcripts

Submit one official transcript from each college or university attended.

  • If your cumulative GPA falls below a 3.3 please include an explanation of GPA.
  • If you previously attended Gonzaga or are a current student, please note that GU transcripts are ordered by your admissions counselor on your behalf.

Official Transcripts can be mailed or emailed to:

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

Three Recommenders

Request a minimum of three 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 three professional recommenders who can evaluate your leadership, interpersonal skills, critical thinking, judgement, professional practice and your ability and capacity to complete a graduate degree. Supervisors or past professors are best. Please note: recommendations from family members or friends are not accepted.

Statement of Purpose

Submit a 500-1000 word essay that is well written, organized, and includes the following:

  • Reasons for pursuing a DNP degree and how Gonzaga University’s DNP program will prepare the candidate to meet his or her professional goals
  • Personal and professional strengths
  • Professional experiences
  • Interest in specific track within DNP program (FNP, PMHNP)

Entrance Exams

GRE waived:

  • If you have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher

GRE required:

  • If you have a cumulative GPA below 3.3 or
  • If you attended a university that does not issue a cumulative GPA.

If required, please request official  GRE scores be sent ot Gonzaga University.

  • Test scores must be less than five years old.
  • Use school code 4330 for GRE.

Current RN License

Provide proof of registered nurse license from a program accredited by CCNE or ACEN.

Current Resume or Professional Curriculum Vitae

Provide an updated professional resume or curriculum vitae.

Transferring Credit

If you would like to petition for transfer of credits from another doctoral program please fill out the Permission to Transfer Graduate Credits form through the Registrar’s office and submit with accompanying syllabus and official transcripts – students may transfer up to 15 credits from an accredited doctoral program.

Download the “Permission to Transfer Graduate Credits”

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.

Note: International students cannot receive an I-20 from enrolling in the online program.  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.

At a Glance


FNP - 75

PMH NP - 75

Average completion time

13-15 semesters (including summers)

Cost per credit



Online Course Delivery

Admission cycles

Fall, Spring, & Summer

PLEASE NOTE: We are only accepting into the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner Options students from the following states WA, ID, OR, MT, CA, NV, UT, AK, WY and AZ.


Minimum six, three-day immersions in Spokane, WA (average 2/year). Seven for Family Nurse Practitioner Option.


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