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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.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply to the USU Graduate School of Nursing?
What programs and degrees are offered at the School?
What are the admission requirements for the MSN, DNP and PhD programs?
How do I apply to the USU Graduate School of Nursing?
When are the application deadlines?
What is the tuition?
What is the campus like at the Uniformed Services University?

Who can apply to the USU Graduate School of Nursing?

Uniformed personnel with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing may apply to the MSN and DNP programs. Acceptance is contingent upon approval of the sponsoring agency or service. In order to be accepted, applicants must be active-duty officers in the Army, Navy, Air Force or Public Health Service.

Nurses from the uniformed services have priority for admission into the USU PhD program in Nursing Science. 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.

What programs and degrees are offered at the School?

The GSN offers Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. For the master's program, there are four available options: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. For the DNP, there are three options: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

What are the admission requirements for the MSN, DNP and PhD programs?

Admission requirements vary for each program and degree. Visit www.usuhs.edu/gsn/applyingtothegsn.html to learn more about the admission requirements for your program of interest.

How do I apply to the USU Graduate School of Nursing?

Visit www.usuhs.edu/gsn/applyingtothegsn.html to obtain application forms for MSN, DNP and PhD programs.

When are the application deadlines?

  • The application deadline for the master's program is July 1st for all branches of service.
  • The application deadline for Ph.D. candidates is February 15 for summer or fall admission.

What is the tuition?

There are no tuition costs or fees. Students incur obligated service according to the requirements of their sponsoring organization.

What is campus life like at the Uniformed Services University?

The University is located just outside of the nation's capital in Bethesda, Maryland. This central location makes it easy for students to take advantage of the cultural offerings of a thriving metropolis. Home to some of the nation's top attractions — including national monuments, premiere museums, and top-rated restaurants — Washington D.C. is a city brimming with activity.

Furthermore, the campus itself is located among beautiful woodlands. The park-like setting offers a welcome break from the rigors of graduate school with its many nearby hiking and biking trails.

Students also benefit from learning in a multiservice environment. A pervasive spirit of camaraderie and teamwork distinguishes the GSN from other schools. A full complement of extracurricular activities — including student clubs, athletic teams and social gatherings — helps to enrich the student experience.