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Health & Medicine Profile

A degree with unlimited potential from a university with a distinguished tradition . . .

The School of Nursing and Human Physiology integrates cutting-edge technology, research, professional skill development, and liberal arts while challenging each student’s academic abilities and creativity. Emphasizing compassion, holistic care, social justice, specialized knowledge, and Gonzaga University’s Jesuit mission, each program educates students to be professional men and women serving others in the field of health science.

Known for values-based education
With an eye toward becoming men and women of service, Gonzaga students embark on exciting careers in health sciences while engaged in a comprehensive classic liberal arts curriculum. High academic expectations are coupled with an environment of camaraderie, friendliness, and a passion for service learning at the University.

Consistently ranking among the top universities in the West, Gonzaga’s philosophy of intertwining a core liberal arts curriculum with a student’s discipline-specific training provides a launch point for a lifetime of learning.

Department of Human Physiology
The discipline of human physiology is very diverse, offering students a comprehensive curriculum with roots in laboratory and research experiences. Students prepare for cutting-edge careers and graduate school programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, exercise physiology, medicine and medical-related fields (e.g., chiropractic medicine, dentistry, etc.), public health, nutrition, biomechanics, ergonomics, cardiac rehabilitation, and more.

Human physiology holds a unique place among other Gonzaga degrees, given that it embraces an emphasis on scientific methods and mechanisms of human function, adaptation, growth, aging, health, disease, and performance.

Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, including two motorized treadmills, three metabolic systems, two electronically braked cycle ergometers, computerized anaerobic power-testing hardware and software, a portable force platform, telemetered electromyography equipment, an extensive computer hardware and software array, and body composition assessment systems.

In addition to small classes and developing close working relationships with faculty who are experts in human physiology, students have the ability to conduct research, author academic papers, and present their findings at peer academic conferences both regionally and nationally.

Department of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The Nursing Department aims to prepare nursing students to become registered nurses and be leaders and change agents in the health care industry. Gonzaga has small class sizes with superb access to faculty. Students immediately apply what they learn in class during their practicum experiences. Students are required to apply to the nursing program as entering freshmen.  

Master of Science in Nursing
Specializations in:
- Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Health Systems Leadership
- Nursing Education
- Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse  Practitioner
- Second Master’s in Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice
For post-baccalaureate students
with the following backgrounds:
- Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Doctor of Nursing Practice
For post-master’s students with the following backgrounds:
- Nurse Anesthesia
- Nurse Practitioners
- Nursing Leadership/Management




Founded: 1887

Location: Spokane, Washington; population 211,000 (688,000 metropolitan area)

Affiliation: Independent; Jesuit, Catholic

Academic Information: 100% of classes taught by faculty; 11:1 student-faculty ratio; average class size of 21

Campus: 131 green acres along the beautiful Spokane River; less than a 15-minute walk to the upscale downtown district with shops, arts, entertainment, and fine dining

Student Body: 7,352 total enrollment; 4,837 undergraduates; 54% women, 46% men; 21% students from underrepresented groups

Academic Programs: More than 75 majors and areas of study; 22 master’s degrees; a Ph.D., a D.N.P., and a J.D. degree

Study Abroad: 35+ countries (including Gonzaga-in-Florence); 43% of students study abroad; studyabroad.gonzaga.edu

Varsity Athletics (NCAA Division I): Men’s and women’s basketball, crew, cross-country/track, golf, soccer, and tennis; men’s baseball; women’s volleyball

2015–2016 Annual Expenses:
Tuition: $37,480
Room and Board: $10,835

Financial Aid: 99% of students receive financial aid in the forms of scholarships, grants, loans, and work opportunities. The average award was $25,753 in the 2014–2015 year.

Retention Rate: 92%

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 74%

2014 NCLEX Pass Rate: 91.8%

Student Life: The Gonzaga Student Body Association sponsors more than 100 clubs and organizations, dances, ski weekends, boat cruises, and more. Rudolf Fitness Center offers racquetball courts, aerobic studios, basketball/volleyball courts, an indoor running track, a swimming pool, and a two-story workout facility.

Other health-related opportunities
• Pre-professional advisory tracks in dentistry, medicine, physical therapy, and veterinary science are available to students from any major.

• Research opportunities, volunteering, and internships at six hospitals and several major clinics allow students to gain experience and further discover their interests in the field.