The DNP in Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AG-CNS) prepares nurses to care for adult and geriatric populations in increasingly complex healthcare settings within the Military Health System (MHS). Our AGCNS graduates are prepared to work in diverse settings to include traditional stateside military treatment facilities, corporate/enterprise-level settings (Defense Health Agency-DHA, Office of the Surgeon General), austere/under-resourced settings like humanitarian and/or operational missions, and a deployed Role 4 OCONUS setting training in trauma care coordination and critical care transport from Role 1-4 (back to CONUS).  Special program emphasis is placed on understanding DHA/MHS processes and structures to evaluate, create, and/or revise policy at the strategic-level for Tri-Service implementation to standardize processes, improve outcomes, enhance evidence-based care, and improve the business of healthcare across DHA. Throughout the program, students perfect the art of systems and process assessments/audits, preparing them to assume active leadership roles in transitioning organizations into High Reliability Organizations and optimizing health system performance in support of the MHS Quadruple Aims of better care, better health, lower cost, and improved readiness.



Graduate School of Nursing



Graduate School of Nursing



of perioperative AGCNS in Army, Navy, and Air Force graduated from USU


first graduating class


pass rate on first attempt for National APRN AGCNS ANCC/AACN Board Certification


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Beyond the Classroom

The Doctor of Nursing Practice project translates research into practice in the form of a system or practice improvement in clinical settings on bases around the world. Students identify inconsistencies, inefficiencies, or other issues within the clinical setting and propose a solution based on existing research.

AG-CNS Projects

Military readiness is the top priority of USU with many different field experiences carefully created to insure students are prepared for any scenario they may find themselves in throughout their military career from medical dive medicine to mountain medicine courses to courses that are a part of the curriculum like Operation Bushmaster.

Field Exercises

Operation Bushmaster, a Military Contingency Medicine course capstone exercise, is a  multiple-day continuous medical field practicum where soon-to-be military health care providers put their knowledge to the test in a variety of complex scenarios that could occur on a battlefield, preparing them for any challenging environment.

Operation Bushmaster