Graduate School of Nursing

Joining Forces Event

USU's Graduate School of Nursing celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013. It was established in 1993 with the Family Nurse Practitioner Program and has since 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.

Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles


The Graduate School of Nursing is a diverse, interdisciplinary community providing the nation with the highest quality advanced practice nurse clinicians, scientists and scholars dedicated to Federal health service.


The premier nursing education and research graduate school innovative in serving the needs of the Federal health system.

Guiding Principles

  • Build a community to achieve an environment characterized by cooperation, collegiality, and appreciation of diversity
  • Genuine consideration of others' rights, values and traditions
  • Regard for others' feelings, wishes and traditions
  • Adherence to one's principles
  • Do what is morally and ethically right
  • Listen and share information in a timely and constructive manner with openness, candor and honesty
Excellence in all Pursuits
  • Education, research, practice, service and collaboration

Strategic Imperatives

  • Optimize the curriculum to produce the best Federal nursing leaders who are scholars and advanced clinicians.
  • Transform education into a dynamic interdisciplinary/interprofessional) process.
  • Prepare MHS leaders with knowledge and skills in policy analysis and evaluation.
  • Develop and implement a robust process that maintains maximum accreditation.
  • Incorporate in the curriculum the study of National security strategy and its impact on the delivery of health care into federal health systems.
  • Cultivate a community of scholars who carry out dynamic cutting edge basic translational, clinical and evidence-based practice research relevant to the Federal System.
  • Cultivate generation of research within the military research community.
  • Enhance faculty scholarly output and research applications.
Faculty & Personnel Development
  • Recruit, develop and retain a diverse multidisciplinary team.
  • Establish a clear, well-defined process for promotion and retention of staff.
  • Optimize faculty productivity and communications with administration.
  • Integrate the GSN into the University community and build a bridge to other USU entities, other Federal agencies and health care facilities, and academic institutions.
  • Serve as a coordinator between MHS and other health systems, particularly the VA.
  • Enhance the GSN role in the Federal Nursing Service Chief Council as a force for inter-health system collaboration.
  • Enhance the application of evidence based practice and culture of inquiry across the federal health systems.
Public Awareness
  • Increase visibility of the academic and clinical relevancy of the GSN/USU programs, curricula, faculty and students.
  • Enhance and develop community based leadership to support GSN.
Infrastructure/Information Technology (IT)
  • Ensure and infrastructure supporting the best in nursing education & scholarship.
  • Provide, enhance and maintain IT tools and resources to support the academic, research, and scholarship missions.