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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.”

Doctor of Nursing Practice 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.

Doctor of Nursing Practice 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

Nurse Anesthesia Program Option

  • 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. A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (such as pulmonary artery catheter, CVP, arterial); cardiac assist devices; mechanical ventilation; and vasoactive drips. The critical care areas include intensive care units. Those who have experience in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.
  • 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
  • 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.

Psychiatric NP Program Option

  • 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 Option

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

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.