1996: The GSN 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: The GSN 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 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.


The Graduate School of Nursing (GSN) master’s degree programs 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 GSN Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited (through 2023) by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA),10275 W. Higgins Rd, Suite 906, Rosemont, IL, 60018-5603. Telephone: 224-275-9130. A list of COA accredited nurse anesthesia educational programs can be found on the COA website, (

The 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%
    • The program has a 100% overall pass rate on the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). First time pass rate average for the past three years, 92%, meets the COA's mandatory pass rate threshold of 80%.
    • Attrition rates from program inception is 12%
    • Most recent class (2022): Attrition rate 13%. First-time pass rate 78%.  Employment is 100% within 6 months after graduation.

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.