Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

Health & Medicine Profile

Known for a values-based education

Consistently ranked among the top universities, Gonzaga University embraces a philosophy of intertwining a core liberal arts curriculum with a student’s discipline-specific education to provide 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 practicum and lab 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. Students have access to sophisticated laboratory equipment and opportunities to develop close working relationships with faculty who are experts in human physiology. Students also have the ability to conduct research, author academic papers, and present their findings at regional and national conferences. 

Department of Nursing
The Nursing department prepares students to practice as registered nurses and become leaders and agents of change in the health care industry. Students enjoy small class sizes and many opportunities for practicum experiences. Students must apply to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program as entering freshmen.

Graduate and doctoral Nursing programs
Gonzaga offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). 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. 

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



Ranked in the top 5% of national universities for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” | U.S. News & World Report, 2020


94% success rate for students employed, volunteering, or in graduate school within six months of graduation | First Destination Survey, 2019


Ranked in the top 21% of “Best National Universities” | U.S. News & World Report, 2021


100% first-time NCLEX pass rate for 2019–2020 cohorts

Unlimited Potential at Gonzaga 

Gain a degree with unlimited potential from a university with a distinguished tradition. The School of Nursing and Human Physiology at Gonzaga University perfectly 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 other 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 professionals who serve others in the field of health science. (Fun fact: Health care is the #1 industry in Spokane, Washington.)

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Gonzaga’s community is indescribable. It’s something so powerful and meaningful, and it’s a really big reason why Gonzaga is home for me. Everyone has your back, and people will push you to reach your goals—but if you fall down, there are 10 people to pick you back up.”

    • Megan Hayes ’21
      Denver, Colorado | Nursing
  • “We all have different perspectives and experiences at Gonzaga, but something we all have in common is we’re all proud to be a Zag.”

    • Claire Snoke '21
      Glendora, California | Human Physiology
  • “Gonzaga offers a challenging embrace. It welcomes you, and it also expects you to grow and change.”

    • Erik Hirschman
      Washington, DC | Biology
  • “Gonzaga is a school that’s going to teach you a lot academically. It’s going to teach you a lot about yourself, but it’s also going to grow you into the person you never thought you could be.”

    • Alex Campbell
      Renton, Washington | Sociology