Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing

Admission into the USU Graduate School of Nursing is competitive. 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.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Criteria (RNA Program Option)

  • Must be a commissioned officer or service sponsored civilian in the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy or Public Health Service with an earned Bachelor's or Master's Degree with a concentration in Nursing
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Undergraduate Science GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • If applicable, Graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • 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 a RN in a critical care setting. Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories, or a US military hospital outside of the United States. During this experience, the registered professional nurse is to have developed critical decision-making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. Please refer to Council on Accreditation Practice Doctorate Standards May 2014.pdf for definition and requirements for critical care area and monitoring.
  • Competitive GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation with an unconditional endorsement of the applicant for admission
  • Evidence-based writing requirement using APA format
  • Current unrestricted nursing license
  • Original transcripts
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Current Basic Life Support Certification (BLS)
  • All applicants will be required to complete an interview with program faculty
  • The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) approved the DNP for USU's Nurse Anesthesia program. Nurse anesthesia students matriculating in May of 2013 and after will enter the DNP program. The Nurse Anesthesia program is accredited to offer a MSN and DNP by the COA. The address for the COA is 222 Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL, 60068. The COA phone number is (847) 655-1160, and their e-mail address is accreditation@coa.us.com. The COA website is http://home.coa.us.com. The nurse anesthesia program received a 10 year accreditation in October 2013.
  • Final acceptance is contingent upon approval of the sponsoring agency or service

Doctor of Nursing Practice Criteria (FNP & WHNP Program Option)

  • Must be a commissioned officer or service sponsored civilian in the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy or Public Health Service with an earned Bachelor's or Master's Degree with a concentration in Nursing
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Undergraduate Science GPA of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • If applicable, Graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Grade of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better in an undergraduate or graduate level science course (Pathophysiology, Physiology, or Biochemistry) within the past 5 years from an accredited university
  • Competitive GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation with unconditional endorsements of the applicant for admission
    1. one from the chief nurse
    2. one from an immediate supervisor
    3. one from a Nurse Practitioner who can assess the applicants potential for success
  • Evidence-based writing requirement using APA format
  • Current unrestricted nursing license
  • Original transcripts
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Current Basic Life Support Certification (BLS)
  • Final acceptance is contingent upon approval of the sponsoring agency or service

Doctor of Nursing Practice Criteria (PMHNP Program Option)

  • Must be a commissioned officer or service sponsored civilian in the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy or Public Health Service with an earned Bachelor's or Master's Degree with a concentration in Nursing
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Undergraduate Science GPA of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • If applicable, Graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Grade of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better in an undergraduate or graduate level science course (Pathophysiology, Physiology, or Biochemistry) within the past 5 years from an accredited university
  • Competitive GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation with an unconditional endorsement of the applicant for admission
  • Evidence-based writing requirement using APA format
  • Current unrestricted nursing license
  • Original transcripts
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Current Basic Life Support Certification (BLS)
  • Two years of experience in a behavioral health setting preferred but not required
  • All applicants will be required to complete an interview with program faculty
  • Final acceptance is contingent upon approval of the sponsoring agency or service

Doctor of Nursing Practice Criteria (AGCNS Program Option)

  • Must be a commissioned officer or service sponsored civilian in the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy or Public Health Service with an earned Bachelor's or Master's Degree with a concentration in Nursing
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Undergraduate Science GPA of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • If applicable, Graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Grade of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better in an undergraduate or graduate level science course (Pathophysiology, Physiology, or Biochemistry) within the past 5 years from an accredited university
  • Competitive GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation with unconditional endorsements of the applicant for admission
    1. one from the chief nurse
    2. one from an immediate supervisor
    3. one from a Nurse Practitioner who can assess the applicants potential for success
  • Evidence-based writing requirement using APA format
  • Current unrestricted nursing license
  • Original transcripts
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Current Basic Life Support Certification (BLS)
  • Final acceptance is contingent upon approval of the sponsoring agency or service

Application Form and Supporting Documents

Download the Doctor of Nursing Program Application Form, complete each section and mail it to the Registrar's Office in USU's Graduate School of Nursing by August 15.

Registrar, Graduate School of Nursing
Uniformed Services University
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4712

Complete the Application Checklist to ensure all necessary documentation is submitted with your application.