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 the liberal arts while challenging each student’s academic abilities and creativity in the field of health science or one of the health professions. 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.


Founded: 1887

Location: Spokane, Washington; population 217,108 (721,873 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: 7,506 total enrollment; 5,192 undergraduates; 52% women, 48% men; 25% multicultural diversity

Academic Programs: More than 75 majors and areas of study; 23 master’s degrees; DNAP, DNP, JD, and PhD

Study Abroad: 40 countries (including Gonzaga in Florence); 53% of students study abroad; gonzaga.edu/studybroad

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

2018–2019 Annual Expenses:
Tuition: $42,370
Room and board: $11,944

Financial Aid: 99% of students earn merit scholarships and/or grants. The average award was $29,205 in the 2017–2018 academic year.

Retention Rate: 94% 

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 75% 

NCLEX Pass Rate: 93.5% 

Student Life: The Gonzaga Student Body Association sponsors more than 140 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.

Known for values-based education
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 education provides a launch pointf or a lifetime of learning. High academic expectations are coupled with numerous opportunities for students to apply what they learn in the classroom through 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 students to practice as registered nurses and become leaders and change agentsin the health care industry. Students have small class sizes and many opportunities for practicum experiences in assisted living facilities, acute care hospitals, ambulatory care settings, and in 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 degree for those who want tobecome advanced-practice nurses, such as Family Nurse Practitioners,or Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, due to the increasing complexity of the health care system. Students can be admitted to the DNP program with 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 
The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program, through a partnership between Providence Health Care and Gonzaga University, 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 arranged in 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.