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.”

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner DNP Program


The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program (DNP Track) is dedicated to preparing graduate nurses for advanced clinical practice, the critical appraisal and translation of evidence in to practice, and leadership in the advanced practice nursing role across healthcare systems. The rigorous curriculum stresses delivering operationally relevant psychiatric – mental health care across the lifespan that is consistent with current standards of practice for the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. As a developing leader within the military healthcare system, the DNP graduate receives education in Population Health & Epidemiology, Healthcare Economics, Health Informatics, Translating Evidence into Practice and Systems Leadership.


The PMHNP MSN track is a 36 month – full time program that refines critical thinking skills through case study, clinical simulation, and residency. Our curriculum stresses operationally relevant psychiatric –mental health care foundationally built upon evidenced based practice and systems orientation. Didactic learning is crystalized into knowledge within the clinical practice environment at military and federal facilities supervised by experienced nurse practitioners and other behavioral health providers. Upon program completion, the graduate is qualified to apply for national board certification through the American Nurses' Credentialing Center. Program Faculties are experienced Nurse Practitioner clinicians, nursing scientists and educators. A Scholarly Inquiry Project is required for graduation.

Curriculum for the Class of 2015
Curriculum for the Class of 2016
Course Catalog