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.”

Signature Curriculum

The Graduate School of Nursing has a unique charge - to prepare advanced practice nurses, clinicians, scientists and scholars for the challenges of military and public health medicine. In order to fulfill the School's lofty responsibilities, faculty members utilize a signature curriculum when educating tomorrow's health care leaders.

Whether pursuing a master's degree, a doctor of nursing degree or a PhD, a major part of the GSN experience encompasses three focus areas that distinguishes the GSN's curriculum from other schools of nursing. These include:

  • Operational Readiness in Changing Environments
  • Clinical Decision Making in the Federal Health Care Delivery System
  • Global, Environmental, Cultural and Political Context
Top,left photo: The GSN students take part in a suturing laboratory. Top, right photo: A GSN student cares for a wounded 'patient' under the watchful eye of a faculty member.

These benchmarks are woven throughout every program within the School, and they include the following study threads:

  • Evidenced-Based Practice and Research
  • Leadership and Health Policy
  • Transition of Technology to Practice and Education
  • Health Promotion for Warriors and Families
  • Patient Safety