GSN Accreditation

GSN Health and Wellness Day

2018 MSN/DNP Accreditation

GSN seeks USU input for CCNE accreditation

The Daniel K Inouye Graduate School of Nursing is pleased to invite members of the Uniformed Services University and other stakeholders, including members of the Uniformed Services University faculty, staff and students' to submit written comments to the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) as part of the GSN’s accreditation process.  In 2012 the GSN received the maximum 10 year accreditation for the Master of Nursing Science (MSN) program and in 2014 received the maximum 5 year initial accreditation for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.  This year, the GSN is seeking simultaneous accreditation from CCNE for both the MSN and DNP programs.    

The GSN will host a visit of the CCNE accreditation team from September 10-12. The CCNE is officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, and is an autonomous agency that specifically accredits baccalaureate and graduate degree nursing programs.

The GSN invites faculty, staff, students and other stakeholders (preceptors, nursing leaders, patients or community partners) to submit comments about our programs, faculty or students directly to CCNE.  CCNE in turn will share the comments with members of the accreditation team, who will consider them as they review the two programs. At no time will comments be shared with anyone inside the GSN.  Written and signed comments regarding the quality of the GSN MSN and/or DNP programs, mission, goals, curricula, outcomes and qualifications for accreditation will be accepted by CCNE until August 20, 2018 online at, or by mail at the address below:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Attn: Third-Party Comments

655 K St., NW, Suite 750

Washington, DC 20001



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

The GSNs PhD in Nursing Science is aligned with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Quality Indicators for Doctoral Programs.

The Master of Nursing Science and the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791

The Nurse Anesthesia Program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) and is a 36-month Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. The nurse anesthesia program received a 10 year accreditation in October 2013.  Contact information for the COA

Mailing address: 222 Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL, 60068

Phone number (847) 655-1160

E-mail address:,

Website: A list of COA accredited nurse anesthesia educational programs can be found on the COA website.


The employment rate for USU RNA program graduates is 100 percent. The National Certification Exam Board pass rate for first-time test takers for the 2017 DNP class is 62 percent with 13 students taking the exam. The first-time pass rate for the 2016 (DNP) and 2014 (MSN) cohorts are 90 and 95 percent respectively; meeting the COA's mandatory pass rate of 80 percent for the three most recent graduation cohorts. The attrition rate for the class for 2017 was 11 percent.