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USU's Graduate School of Nursing 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.

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Yes, a maximum of 6 credits may be transferred into the DNP program and up to 9 credits will be considered in the PhD program assuming two conditions are met: 1) a grade of B or higher was achieved in the course being considered for transfer credit and 2) the Program Director has reviewed the course syllabus/description and authorized/approved the credit.

Visit our Applying to the GSN page to obtain application forms for MSN, DNP and PhD programs.

You MUST be on Active Duty in the Army, Navy, Air Force or Public Health Service for eligibility for the DNP or MSN programs

No, you must be selected by your Service to attend the APRN programs.  If you are a reservist and want to attend USU/GSN, you would need to transition to Active Duty, apply for a seat via one of the service’s educational program pathways (Army = LTHET, Navy = DUINS, Air Force = AFIT)

Admission requirements vary for each program and degree. Visit our Applying to the GSN page to learn more about the admission requirements for your program of interest.

The University is located just outside of the nation's capital in Bethesda, Maryland. This central location makes it easy for students to take advantage of the cultural offerings of a thriving metropolis. Home to some of the nation's top attractions — including national monuments, premiere museums, and top-rated restaurants — Washington D.C. is a city brimming with activity.

Furthermore, the campus itself is located among beautiful woodlands. The park-like setting offers a welcome break from the rigors of graduate school with its many nearby hiking and biking trails.

Students also benefit from learning in a multiservice environment. A pervasive spirit of camaraderie and teamwork distinguishes the GSN from other schools. A full complement of extracurricular activities — including student clubs, athletic teams and social gatherings — helps to enrich the student experience.

There are no tuition costs or fees. Students incur obligated service according to the requirements of their sponsoring organization.

The GSN offers Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. For the MSN program, there is only one option available: Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist. For the DNP, there are four options: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

  • The application deadline for the Master's and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs is August 15 for all branches of service
  • The application deadline for all Ph.D. candidates is August 15 for May admission

Uniformed personnel with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing may apply to the MSN and DNP programs. Acceptance is contingent upon approval of the sponsoring agency or service. In order to be accepted, applicants must be active-duty officers in the Army, Navy, Air Force or Public Health Service.

Nurses from the uniformed services have priority for admission into the USU PhD program in Nursing Science. Nurses employed in federal agencies nominated and supported by their agency are also eligible for admission into the PhD program on a space available basis.