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.”

PMHNP Curriculum for MSN


The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program is dedicated to preparing graduate nurses for clinical practice, management, research and leadership in the advanced practice role. The rigorous curriculum stresses concepts directed toward delivering care in the federal health care system; making USU graduates uniquely qualified to provide quality care in diverse settings. The program emphasizes research and statistical methodologies enabling our students to critically analyze scientific literature, evaluate nursing outcomes and participate in research activities.


The PMHNP program is a 24-month, full-time program, which uses a life-span case study approach in the development of critical thinking skills. Our curriculum incorporates operational readiness in a changing environment with evidence-based clinical decision-making processes to optimize positive mental health outcomes. Didactic content is reinforced with clinical practice performed in military and federal clinics with experienced nurse practitioner and physician preceptors. Program faculty members are experienced Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist clinicians and educators. A master's thesis or scholarly project is required for graduation.

Curriculum for the Class of 2013
Course Catalog