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.”
The Family Nurse Practitioner Program is dedicated to preparing graduate nurses for clinical practice, management, research and leadership in the advanced practice role. The rigorous curriculum prepares graduates to sit for national family nurse practitioner certification examinations while stressing concepts directed toward delivering care in the federal health care system; making USUHS graduates uniquely qualified to provide quality care in diverse settings. The program emphasizes research and statistical methodologies enabling our student to critically analyze scientific literature, evaluate nursing outcomes and participate in research activities.
The FNP MSN program is 24 months of full-time study combining lecture and clinical experiences. A life-span case study approach is used to develop student clinical skills, focusing on the development of clinicians comfortable with and competent in practicing independently within the FNP role. Over the two year program, students are continuously exposed to learning experiences that help them develop differential diagnosis and critical thinking skills. On an average, graduates obtain over 900 hours of clinical experience working with experienced nurse practitioner or physician preceptors in civilian and military agencies. The MSN students complete a series of rigorous courses that develop their ability to appraise and apply evidence to clinical practice. The program meets or exceeds the revised 2002 National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties' guidelines for NP programs. A master's thesis or scholarly project is required for graduation.