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Graduate School of Nursing


Joining Forces Event

USU's Graduate School of Nursing is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013. It was established in 1993 with the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Since then, it has grown in size and scope. Now, the GSN has four Master of Science in Nursing programs, three Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and a Doctor of Philosophy program.

“We’ve always been an incredible resource for military health care. Our focus has centered around warriors’ and their families’ health and well-being for decades now, and we’ve been hugely successful in these efforts,” said Ada Sue Hinshaw, PhD, dean of the GSN. “As a tribute to our vast array of accomplishments, we’ll celebrate both our heritage and triumphs with 20th anniversary commemorations that will include special guest speakers, research highlights and alumni achievements.”

GSN Admission Requirements

Admission into the USU Graduate School of Nursing is competitive. Each applicant must meet the general School requirements as well as the requirements for the individual program options they wish to pursue.

The admissions process takes into consideration all application materials when evaluating an applicant. It also reserves the right to require additional materials. Students who do not meet the minimum recommended requirements in all areas may be considered on an individual basis.

Master of Science in Nursing Admission Criteria

  • Must be a commissioned officer or service sponsored civilian in the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy or Public Health Service with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Acceptance is contingent upon approval of the sponsoring agency or service
  • BSN GPA and science GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Competitive score on the GRE (e.g. 525 Quantitative, 500 Verbal, 4 Analytic for scores before August 2011 and 145 Quantitative,153 Verbal, 4 Analytic for scores after August 2011)
  • Three satisfactory letters of recommendation
  • Writing requirement
  • Original transcripts
  • Current nursing license
  • Current Basic Life Support Certification
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Applicants may be asked to appear for an interview at the discretion of the program directors after a preliminary review of academic credentials and application materials

Specific Program Requirements

Nurse Anesthesia Program

  • Prerequisites (grade of B or higher):
    • Undergraduate or graduate level biochemistry course within 5 years of application
    • Undergraduate or graduate level statistics course
  • At least one year of experience as an RN in an acute care setting defined as work experience during which an RN has developed as an independent decision maker capable of using and interpreting advanced monitoring techniques based on knowledge of physiological and pharmacological principles
  • Current ACLS and PALS certification
  • Competitive applicants will have GRE quantitative scores greater than 525, verbal scores greater than 500 and analytical scores of 4 or higher for scores before August 2011 . Competitive applicants will have GRE quantitative scores greater than 145, verbal scores greater than 153 and analytical scores of 4 or higher for scores after August 2011.
  • All applicants will be required to complete an in person or phone interview with the program director before October 1

Perioperative CNS Program

  • Two years as a perioperative nurse
  • CNOR certification
  • ACLS Certification

Psychiatric NP Program

  • Two years of experience in a psychiatric setting desired
  • All applicants will be required to complete an in person, Skype or DCO (online) interview with program director and clinical faculty prior to October 1

Family NP Program

  • Two years of experience in an ambulatory/outpatient setting desired

Doctor of Nursing Practice Admission Criteria

  • Must be a commissioned officer or service sponsored civilian in the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy or Public Health Service with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Acceptance is contingent upon approval of the sponsoring agency or service
  • BSN GPA and science GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Competitive score on the GRE (e.g. 525 Quantitative, 500 Verbal, 4 Analytic for scores before August 2011 and 145 Quantitative, 153 Verbal, 4 Analytic for scores after August 2011)
  • Three satisfactory letters of recommendation
  • Writing requirement
  • Original transcripts
  • Current nursing license
  • Current Basic Life Support Certification
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Applicants may be asked to appear for an interview at the discretion of the program directors after a preliminary review of academic credentials and application materials

Specific Program Requirements

Nurse Anesthesia Program

  • Prerequisites (grade of B or higher):
    • Undergraduate or graduate level biochemistry course within 5 years of application
    • Undergraduate or graduate level statistics course
  • At least one year of experience as an RN in an acute care setting defined as work experience during which an RN has developed as an independent decision maker capable of using and interpreting advanced monitoring techniques based on knowledge of physiological and pharmacological principles
  • Current ACLS and PALS certification
  • Competitive applicants will have GRE quantitative scores greater than 525, verbal scores greater than 500 and analytical scores of 4 or higher for scores before August 2011. Competitive applicants will have GRE quantitative scores greater than 145, verbal scores greater than 153 and analytical scores of 4 or higher for scores after August 2011.
  • All applicants will be required to complete an in person or phone interview with the program director before October 1
  • Council on Accreditation approval is required before admitting students

Perioperative CNS Program

  • Two years as a perioperative nurse
  • CNOR certification
  • ACLS Certification

Psychiatric NP Program

  • Two years of experience in a psychiatric setting desired
  • All applicants will be required to complete an in person, Skype or DCO (online) interview with program director and clinical faculty prior to October 1

Family NP Program

  • Two years of experience in an ambulatory/outpatient setting desired

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science Admission Criteria

  • Nurses from the uniformed services have priority for admissions. Nurses employed in federal agencies nominated and supported by their agency are also eligible for admission into the PhD program on a space available basis.
  • Master's degree in nursing or related field at an accredited school with a minimum GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Current nursing license of eligibility for licensure in any of the 50 states and territories
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Original Transcripts
    • Arrange to have original transcripts sent from all post-secondary education institutions you attended
  • Official evidence of scores on the Graduate Record Exam taken within five years of application
  • Clear and succinct statement of the applicant's reason for PhD study and a match to faculty programs of research
    • (Applicants may submit an essay, term paper, thesis, published article or professional report to demonstrate their ability to communicate logic and concepts)
  • Computer literacy with proficiency in word processing, email and internet use
  • Three letters of reference from professors or other professionals who can adequately evaluate the applicant's potential for success
  • An interview with PhD faculty members to assess the applicant, link research interests with USU faculty expertise, intent and level of motivation for successful completion of PhD study