The Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing (GSN) provides the nation with the highest quality advanced practice nurse clinicians, scientists and scholars dedicated to federal health service and health readiness.

For more than 25 years, we have provided the nation with highly trained advanced practice nurse clinicians, scientists, and scholars uniquely prepared to lead in military and federal healthcare systems.

We were originally founded in 1993 in response to pressing national concerns over the growing lack of independent nurse practitioners, clinical specialists, and other registered nurses with advanced graduate training. USU’s President at the time, Dr. James Zimble, heeded those warnings, and in his efforts to ensure patients in the federal services received the highest quality care, proposed establishing a Graduate School of Nursing alongside the nation’s military medical school. A mere four months after announcing his proposal, the first Family Nurse Practitioner students arrived on campus, and we have been growing steadily since.

Today, we offer a Master of Nursing Science (AGCNS Only), a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (AGCNS, FNP, WHNP, PMHNP, CRNA), and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Science. Student and faculty researchers and scholars work to examine and put into practice solutions to the most pressing challenges facing the military and federal health systems.

Our graduates leave the university not only able to meet the current needs of our healthcare agencies but prepared to provide exceptional, patient-focused care in even the most challenging environments, both here at home and across the globe.

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The MSN in Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AG-CNS) prepares nurses to care for adult and geriatric populations (age 8 years - death) in increasingly complex healthcare settings in the Military Health System (MHS).

About Masters

The PhD in Nursing Science, established in 2002, provides nurses with the opportunity to study in the unique environment of federal health care and military operational research. We prepare tomorrow's scientists and scholars with a foundation of sound science, diverse philosophical perspectives, and ethical and policy considerations in the discovery of new knowledge.

About PHD

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is a deliberate blend of the DNP Essentials, speciality practice requirements, and the unique integration of operational healthcare curriculum that produces an APRN with the essential skills necessary to provide advanced practice care to support both the operational and peacetime requirements of the uniformed services.

About DNP