The Family Nurse Practitioner Program prepares mission-ready, primary care focused nurse practitioners for all three branches of the Armed Forces and the PHS. The dynamic curriculum includes care of the military member, bedside ultrasonography, battlefield auricular acupuncture, and sexual assault survivor care, in addition to foundational Women’s Health concepts. Our students receive nearly 1700 hours of direct patient care experience in a variety of clinical and operational training situations over the three year program. The program utilizes CONUS and OCONUS clinical training sites that meet the objectives for each specific rotation.  In the 3rd year of the program, nurse practitioner students PCS to one of 12 sites designated for the year-long clinical immersion.

Family Nurse Practitioner students have the opportunity to apply for dual enrollment in the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program during the second year of the program. Family and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner students take the same academic curriculum, but differ in the allocation of clinical time. Dual enrolled students will meet the requirements to sit for both the Family and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner certification exams.

Created to answer the Air Force’s need for advanced practice nurses in women's health, the Women’s Healthcare Nurse Practitioner track requires clinical experiences in year three that are unique to women's health. While the program was created for the Air Force, FNP students are welcome to dual track in FNP and WHNP.


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Beyond the Classroom

Those who call American Samoa home, face challenges with poor drinking water quality, inadequate clinical capabilities and a shortage of health care providers, and health disparities. Now, thanks to a new educational agreement, Graduate School of Nursing students are working to help address some of those issues.

Clinical Rotations

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.

FNP 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