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.”

School Facts


The Graduate School of Nursing students learn in a joint service environment.

The Graduate School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing for the following tracks: Nurse Anesthesia, Family Nurse Practitioner, Perioperative Clinical Nursing and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. It offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice for the following tracks: Nurse Anesthesia, Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. It also has a full and part-time program for a PhD in Nursing Science.


Research is an important component of the GSN curriculum.

The University's nationally ranked military and civilian faculty conduct cutting edge research in the biomedical sciences and areas specific to the DoD health care mission such as combat casualty care, infectious diseases and radiation biology. The University is committed to technology transfer to ensure that the results of research are made widely available.

Degrees Conferred

Master of Science in Nursing: 636
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesia: 298
Family Nurse Practitioner: 261
Perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist: 55
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: 22
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science: 20

The GSN alumni are leaders in the Military Health System.

*The first class of DNP students will graduate in 2015.


The Graduate School of Nursing faculty and staff support the University mission in Building E.

The USU is accredited by the Commission of Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

The PhD program in Nursing Science is designed to address the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Quality Indicatiors for Doctoral Programs.

The Masters of Nursing Science Degree is accredited through 2022 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Contact Information for the CCNE is: One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: (202) 887-6791. Website:

The Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation and the U. S. Department of Education, accredits the Nurse Anesthesia Program. The Uniformed Services University Nurse Anesthesia Program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) for a 30-month masters (MSN) program and a 36-month Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. The program received a 10-year accreditation in October of 2003. The program had a COA review in the Spring of 2013, results are pending.

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 Link to webpage: