Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

Health & Medicine Profile

A degree with unlimited potential from a university with a distinguished tradition...
The School of Nursing and Human Physiology combines technology, research, professional skill development, and the liberal arts while challenging each student’s academic abilities and creativity in the field of health science or one of the health professions. Through an emphasis on 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
Consistently ranked amongthe top universities in the West, Gonzaga’s philosophy of intertwining a core liberal arts curriculum with a student’s discipline-specific education provides a launch point for a lifetime of learning. High academic expectations are coupled with numerous opportunities for students to apply what they learn in the classroom to lab and practicum experiences as well as student-faculty research projects. 

Department of Human Physiology
As a discipline, Human Physiology connects science, medicine, performance, and health to create a framework for understanding how the human body is affected by and adapts to stress, physical activity, and disease. This is an ideal major for students who plan to pursue advanced degrees in Medicine, Biomedical Research, and/or the health professions such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, and more. Students have access to sophisticated 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, and body composition assessment systems.

In addition to small classes and opportunities to develop 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 regional and national conferences.

Department of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The Nursing Department prepares stu
dents to practice as registered nurses and become leaders and change agents in the health care industry. Students enjoy small class sizes and many opportunities for practicum experiences in assisted living facilities, acute care hospitals, ambulatory care settings, and the community. Students must apply to the Nursing program as entering freshmen.

Graduate and doctoral Nursing programs
For those who want to pursue an advanced nursing role, Gonzaga offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

The DNP is the preferred degreefor students who want to become advanced-practice nurses in roles such as family nurse practitioner or psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, due to the increasing complexity of the health care system. Students can be admitted to the DNP program if they have either a baccalaureate or master’s degree in Nursing.

Students can also pursue either of the Nurse Practitioner options or the Health Systems Leadership option in the MSN program.

Department of Nurse Anesthesia
Through a partnership between Providence Health & Services and Gonzaga University, the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program prepares experienced critical care registered nurses with a BSN to become competent, skilled advanced-practice nurses and leaders in the specialty of nurse anesthesia.

Practicum experiences are arrangedin a variety of practice settings. Students benefit from small class sizes and work closely with faculty who practice as experts in the field of nurse anesthesia.

Other health-related opportunities
Pre-professional advisory tracks in Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Veterinary Science are available to students from any major. 


Founded: 1887

Location: Spokane, Washington; population 225,000 (722,000 metropolitan area)

Affiliation: Independent; Jesuit Catholic

Academic Information: 11:1 student-faculty ratio; average class size of 24 students; 94% retention rate

Campus: 152 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: 7,563 total enrollment; 5,304 undergraduates;
53% women, 47% men; 25% multicultural diversity

Academic Programs: 56 majors, 61 minors, and 50 concentrations; 16 master’s and five doctoral degrees

Study Abroad: 40 countries (including Gonzaga in Florence); 50% of students study abroad; gonzaga.edu/studyabroad

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

2019–2020 Annual Expenses:
Tuition: $44,280
Room and board: $12,330

Financial Aid: 98% of students earn merit scholarships and/or grants. The average award was $30,882 for the 2018–2019 academic year.

Retention Rate: 94%

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 75% (average of last three cohorts)

NCLEX Pass Rate: 97% (2019)

Student Life: The Gonzaga Student Body Association sponsors more than 130 clubs and organizations, dances, and ski weekends. The Hemmingson Center shows first-run movies and houses student leadership offices, dining options, Gonzaga Outdoors, hangout spaces, and much more.

An Inside Look