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The Gonzaga University online RN to MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) program is designed for registered nurses with an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) who want to earn an advanced nursing degree. Students can apply for the Health Systems Leadership Track. Students start with the bridge courses and then progress to the HSL courses. You will find our most frequently asked questions below.  If you don’t find what you need, feel free to give us a call at 1-866-380-5323.

General Questions about Gonzaga’s RN-MSN Program

Why should a student choose an accelerated MSN program?

In many cases, the RN to MSN program will eliminate about 30 credits needed to complete the BSN and MSN separately. This is a great option for nurses who are applying for positions in which the MSN is required or preferred. A Program Manager will help you determine if the RN to MSN program is a good fit for you based on your needs and the number of credits that you currently have.

How long will the RN to MSN program take to complete?

Most students taking six (6) credits per session will graduate in three years (9 semesters). The program is not a cohort.

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 the master’s-level courses.

Will students earn a BSN and an MSN in this program?

There is no BSN step out in the program. The final degree will be a Master of Science in Nursing.

Will the program prepare me to apply for a Doctor of Nursing Practice program?

Currently, the MSN in Health Systems Leadership will prepare students to apply for a post-master’s DNP program at Gonzaga University or other universities.  Students who are seeking further education should check the individual DNP/PhD program requirements for the various schools of interest.

Is Gonzaga’s MSN program 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.

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

Is this program all online?

There is a required 2 day on-campus immersion during the last practicum course for the Health Systems Leadership (HSL) track.

How many practicum hours will students complete during the program?

Students will complete 135 practicum hours during the undergraduate Community Health Practicum course, and 360 practicum hours at the graduate level.

The practicum hours in the Health System Leadership track provide opportunities for developing or enhancing competency in communication and building effective relationships, creating healthy work environments, quality improvement and financial management.

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 here to help you succeed.

The Student Services team is available to answer your questions and to connect you to the resources that you need. You will also be assigned a faculty advisor to help guide you with your academic goals.

Application Deadline:

  • Health Systems Leadership – Fall 2017 Start Priority Deadline, May 1st
  • All nursing programs (except HSL) – January 2018 Start Deadline, September 11th
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