Program Overview

The online DNP degree program from Gonzaga University is designed to provide students a quality education and a well-respected degree focused on competencies in the areas of leadership, health policy, system improvement, research and evidence-based practice, and teamwork and collaboration. Graduates of this program possess the knowledge and skills required to:

  • ​Serve as leaders and champions of change within complex healthcare systems
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills to optimize health in a selected area of nursing
  • ​Demonstrate humanistic, reflective practice, ethical reasoning, and advocacy for a selected population
  • ​Synthesize theory and evidence to create, implement, and evaluate strategies to improve practice

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


    • A MSN degree from an CCNE or ACEN accredited program
    • A cumulative GPS from master’s level courses of 3.3
    • Official transcripts
    • Must have taken a 3-semester credit graduate level inferential statistics or biostatistics course
    • Three recommendations
    • Current resume or CV
    • Current RN license
    • One, three-day immersion required in Spokane, WA

    School Overview

    Father Joseph Cataldo, S. J. purchased 320 acres of land and water in Spokane, Washington to establish Gonzaga University in 1881, enrolling eighteen male students with the intentions of entering the priesthood. Today, the private, not-for-profit Gonzaga University retains its Roman Catholic (Jesuit) roots, however has expanded to include the education of nearly 8,000 young men and women of varied faiths.

    The University confers undergraduate degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees from seven colleges and schools, including:

    • College of Arts & Sciences
    • School of Business Administration
    • School of Education
    • School of Engineering & Applied Science
    • School of Law
    • School of Nursing & Human Physiology
    • School of Professional Studies

    Gonzaga University Online offers graduate-level degree programs from all seven schools. Gonzaga University Online works to individualize degree programs giving students greater flexibility and convenience.


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