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A Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from Gonzaga University will give you the leverage you need to advance your career as the demand for health care professionals reaches a critical need.  You will find our most frequently asked questions below.

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General Information

Why choose a Jesuit education?

Jesuits have been educating people since 1540. Gonzaga was founded in 1887 and continues to pursue a mission of educating leaders with the capacity for reflective and critical thought. Gonzaga’s master’s programs offer you the opportunity to pursue a degree that strives to educate the whole person: intellectually, spiritually, physically, and emotionally.

Is Gonzaga’s MSN program accredited?

Gonzaga University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The baccalaureate, MSN, and DNP programs at Gonzaga are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

Why should I choose an accelerated MSN program?

In many cases, the RN to MSN program will allow you to obtain a graduate degree in less time than completing a BSN and MSN program separately. This is a great option for nurses who are looking for an increase in salary as well as career advancement.

Will I earn a BSN and a 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?

The MSN in Health Systems Leadership will prepare you to apply for the DNP program at Gonzaga University.

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

Most students who attend full-time are able to complete the RN to MSN program within three years.

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

You must complete the RN to MSN program within five years of starting the master’s-level courses at GU.

Course Experience

Is this program all online?

The courses are online, but you will not have to log on at a certain time of day.  You will complete 360 practicum hours in your area.  There is also a required 2 day on-campus immersion during the last practicum course for this program.

Does the online RN to MSN program use a cohort model?

The RN to MSN program does not use a cohort model. The program allows you the flexibility to slow down your progression plan as long as you complete graduate degree requirements within five years.

What are the five bridge courses required with this program?

Full-time students will take the following five classes during the first year of the program:

  • PHIL 280: Persons and Conduct
  • NURS 320: Stats for Health Professions
  • NURS 406: Nursing Research
  • NURS 463: Community Health
  • NURS 464: Community Health Practicum

Can I continue to work during this program?

Yes, our program is designed for working professionals, so the majority of students are able to continue working as they attend full-time.  You do have the flexibility to adjust your progression plans if you feel you cannot attend full-time. On average, students can expect a time commitment of 15 hours a week. During a week with a paper or project due, you might spend more time on coursework than other weeks.

What type of support services will I receive?

Practicum Requirements

How many practicum hours will students complete during the program?

You 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 option provide opportunities for enhancing competency in communication, building effective relationships, creating healthy work environments, developing quality improvements, and managing financial operations

Will I have assistance with finding a clinical practicum site?

Gonzaga does have an extensive list by state where clinical contracts have already been established. Our Clinical Coordinator can assist and set up a contract with a new location if you would like do practicum work at a location not on that list, and if it is approved by the Nursing faculty. Our faculty and staff will also provide guidance in finding appropriate practicum sites. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to arrange for a preceptor and practicum site.

Can I do the practicum hours where I work?

You are encouraged to find practicum locations outside of your current facilities in order to learn, grow and have additional networking opportunities. With faculty approval, you can complete practicum hours in the organization where you are employed. However, preceptors may not be your direct supervisor, practicum hours must be separate from worked hours and practicum experiences must be performed on units other than where you work.

Tuition, Scholarships & Discounts

What is the cost of tuition?

The cost is competitive at $955 per credit for the graduate level courses and $750 per credit for the undergraduate level courses (bridge courses).

Are there fees associated with the program?

In addition to tuition, there is the cost of books and a few fees. Please visit this page to see a full list of fees for this program.

How can I pay for my graduate degree?

As a graduate student you qualify for Federal Student Aid. This funding is not need based, follow the link to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Gonzaga also offers payment plan options and other financial resources. For more information contact Admissions at 1-866-380-5323.

Are graduate student scholarships available?

The School of Nursing & Human Physiology offers scholarships every semester, funds permitting. Contact with the admissions department at 1-866-380-5323 for more information.

Gonzaga’s Financial Aid Office maintains a database of scholarships for students to access, search and apply for awards.

Do you offer a military discount?

For HSL students we offer a 10% discount to active members of the military and their spouses, as well as to veterans. View complete information here.

For further questions please inquire with the admissions department at 1-866-380-5323.

Program information subject to change.

Application Deadline:

  • Health Systems Leadership – January 2018 Priority Deadline, October 10th
  • All nursing programs (except HSL) – May 2018 Start Deadline, December 18th
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