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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 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 as well as 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.  

School of Nursing and Human Physiology Graduate Programs
Master of Science in Nursing
• Family Nurse Practitioner
• Health Systems Leadership
• Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
• Second Master’s in Nursing

Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
• Post-baccalaureate or post-master’s for experienced RNs

Doctor of Nursing Practice
• Post-baccalaureate track
• Post-master’s track

Other health-related opportunities
• Pre-professional advisory tracks in Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, 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.


Founded: 1887

Location: Spokane, Washington; population 212,000 (671,000 metropolitan area)

Affiliation: Independent; Jesuit, Catholic

Academic Information: 100% of classes taught by faculty; 12:1 student-faculty ratio; average class size of 24

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: 7,491 total enrollment; 5,041 undergraduates; 54% women, 46% men; 23% multicultural diversity

Academic Programs: More than 75 majors and areas of study; 22 master’s degrees; a PhD, a DNP, and a JD degree

Study Abroad: 40+ countries (including Gonzaga-in-Florence); 49% 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

2016–2017 Annual Expenses:
Tuition: $38,980
Room and Board: $11,258

Financial Aid: 99% of students receive financial aid in the forms of scholarships, grants, loans, and work opportunities. The average award was $27,131 in the 2015–2016 year.

Retention Rate: 95%

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 78%

2015 NCLEX Pass Rate: 96.4%

Student Life: The Gonzaga Student Body Association sponsors more than 100 clubs and organizations, dances, and ski weekends. The new Hemmingson Center shows first-run movies and houses student leadership offices, dining options, many hang-out spaces, and much more.