GSN Accreditation

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GSN Accreditation

The Uniformed Services University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.  


History of Accreditation in the GSN

1996:  The GSN’s received initial accreditation from the National League for Nursing (NLN).  The site visit took place from November 5-8, and the visitors were Mary K. Alexander, Ed.D., and M. Christine Alichnie, Ph.D.   At its December 1996 meeting, the Board of Review for Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs granted an initial five-year accreditation, effective December 30, 1996 and retroactive for 12 months prior to the date of the visit.

2001: Tthe GSN’s master’s degree program in nursing (MSN) received a full 10 year accreditation from both the NLN and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

2012: The master’s degree program in nursing received a full 10 year accreditation from CCNE

2014: The GSN’s new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree was awarded an initial five-year accreditation from CCNE.

2019: The Master's (MSN) degree program and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs were each awarded a full 10 year accreditation from CCNE.


Current GSN Accreditation Status

The Graduate School of Nursing master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are accredited through June 20, 2029 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( 655 K Street, NW,Suite 750, Washington DC 20001.

The Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA) Program is accredited (through 2023) by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) (, 222 Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL, 60068.   A list of COA accredited nurse anesthesia educational programs can be found on the COA website.  The CRNA Program at USU

* Is a 36-month Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program

* Received a full initial 10 year accreditation in October 2013

* Student data:

** Employment rates for program graduates is 100%

** Overall National Certification Exam Board pass rates is 100%.  First time pass rates for the past 3 years:

*** 2018 class 94% (16 students taking the exam)

*** 2017 class 64% (14 students taking the exam)

*** 2016  class 90% (19 students taking the exam)

These data demonstrate that the GSN CRNA program meets the COA's mandatory pass rate of 80 percent for the three most recent graduation cohorts. 

** Attrition rates from program inception is 12.83%; attrition rates for the past 3 years

*** 2018 class 20%

*** 2017 class 22%

*** 2016 class 4%

The PhD in Nursing Science is aligned with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Quality Indicators for Doctoral Programs.  In 2007, with the approval of the Board of Directors, the AACN  launched a Faculty and Doctoral Student Roster Survey to collect data on nursing faculty and doctoral (DNP & PhD) students.  Student data reported includes school name, student name, type of doctoral degree pursued, year doctoral education began and student status (full/part time).  According to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) this information is considered "directory information" which can be released without individual consent.

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