STARTING YOUR APPLICATION

University admissions are separate and distinct from the sponsoring agency (e.g. Air Force, Army, Navy, PHS). Admissions are competitive. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the university. Applicants must be accepted by both the university and the sponsoring agency to attend the university.

The Graduate School of Nursing admits registered nurses from the military and other federal services. Admission to all GSN programs is competitive and requires School of Nursing faculty endorsement and approval.

GSN Registrar: gsn-admissions@usuhs.edu

DNP AND MSN GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be a commissioned officer or service-sponsored civilian in the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy or Public Health Service with an earned Bachelor’s (or Master’s Degree with a concentration in Nursing) from an accredited university.

Applicants must be competitively selected twice to attend USU, first by their service branch and then by the GSN admissions committee.

Admission deadline:  August 15th.

Academic Requirements

  • Completed USU Application
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Earned Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree with a concentration in Nursing from an accredited university.
  • Original transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions you attended, whether or not a degree granted. Transcripts may be mailed or emailed directly from the educational institution:
  • Mailing address:
     
    Office of the University Registrar/GSN Admissions
    4301 Jones Bridge Road
    Building 79, Floor 1
    Bethesda, MD  20814
    or have electronic transcripts sent to gsn-admissions@usuhs.edu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

  • GRE scores within past 5 years (see specialty requirements)
    • School code: 5824, Dept. code: 0610 send directly from ETS to USU
  • Combined science GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Additional course requirements (see specialty requirements)
  • 3 letters of recommendation (see specialty requirements)
  • Evidence Based Writing Requirement (details in application)
  • May be required to complete an interview with the faculty
  • Application deadline: August 15                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Professional Requirements

  • Evidence of current, active, unrestricted nursing license from any of the 50 states and territories
  • Current single page service-specific officer brief (e. g. SURF, ORB, OSR)
  • Evidence of current Basic Life Support Certification (BLS)
  • Evidence of any professional nursing certifications

PHD ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Science

Nurses from the uniformed services have priority for admissions. Nurses employed in federal agencies are also eligible for admissions into the PhD program on a space-available basis.

Academic Requirements:

Official transcripts showing a Master’s degree in nursing or related field at an accredited school with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Competitive GRE Scores

Clear and succinct statement of the applicant’s reason for PhD study and a match to faculty programs of research (applicant may submit an essay, term paper, thesis, published article, or professional report to demonstrate their ability to communicate logic and concepts).

Computer literacy with proficiency in word processing, email, and internet use

An interview with PhD faculty members is required

Three letters of reference from professors or other professionals who can adequately evaluate the applicant’s potential for success using the preformatted LOR form intended for this purpose. Please email gsn-admissions@usuhs.edu to request a copy of the LOR form. At least two letters should be from nurses prepared at the PhD level who can describe:

  • The applicant’s understanding of the PhD’s role in military service or federal agency to which the applicant belongs
  • The applicant’s capability to succeed in a rigorous PhD program

Admission Deadline:  August 15th.

Degree-specific requirements

Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Master of Nursing Science (MSN OR DNP)

Academic Requirements:

Competitive GRE Scores

Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Transcripts must show:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Combined science GPA of 2.5 or higher on 4.0 scale (chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology).
  • Grade of B (3.0 on 4.0 scale) or higher in a science within the past 5 years from an accredited university. Anatomy, physiology, combined anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, or pharmacology recommended, graduate level preferred, 200-400 level course considered.

Interview with faculty may be required

Three letters of recommendation

  1. Chief Nurse/ senior nurse executive (or another officer in direct chain of command)
  2. Immediate supervisor
  3. APRN in the specialty for which applying

Professional Requirements:

Minimum two years’ experience as a perioperative, ICU, Critical Care, Trauma, or ED nurse at the time of matriculation

Current certification in nursing specialty: Operating Room Nurse (CNOR) or Acute/ Critical Care Nurse (CCRN) or Board Certified Emergency Nurse (BCEN)

Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

 

Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Doctor of Nursing Practice, DNP 

Academic Requirements:

Competitive GRE Scores

Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, showing:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Combined science GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, etc.).
  • Grade of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better in a non-nursing Biochemistry, Physiology or Pathophysiology course from an accredited university within the past 5 years. Graduate level is preferred, undergraduate courses considered
  • Grade of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better in a Statistics course from an accredited university. Graduate level is preferred, undergraduate level courses will be considered

Applicants may be required to complete an interview with the faculty.

Three letters of recommendation with unconditional endorsements of the applicant for admission:

  1. Chief Nurse/ senior nurse executive (or another officer in direct chain of command)
  2. Immediate supervisor
  3. APRN in the specialty for which applying

Professional Requirements:

  • Current, active unrestricted nursing license
  • At least one year of experience as a RN in a critical care setting in a military or civilian hospital. Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories, or a US military hospital outside of the United States. During this experience, the registered professional nurse is to have developed critical decision-making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (such as pulmonary artery catheter, CVP, arterial); cardiac assist devices; mechanical ventilation; and vasoactive infusions. Examples of critical care areas may include but are not limited to: Surgical Intensive Care, Pediatric Intensive Care, and Neonatal Intensive Care. Those who have experiences in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology. For example a military nurse who worked in ICU at military hospital for 6 months and then deployed to Kandahar and worked critical care or trauma for 7 months may possess the necessary 1 year experience requirement to apply
  • Shadow a CRNA for a minimum of 20 hours. Contact your chief nurse/senior nurse executive for guidance and direction if needed
  • Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

Family Nurse Practitioner or Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Academic Requirements:

Competitive GRE Scores

Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, showing:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Combined science GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, etc.)
  • Grade of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better in a science course within the past 5 years from an accredited university. Anatomy, physiology, combined anatomy & physiology, or pathophysiology recommended, Graduate level preferred, 200-400 level courses considered
  • Statistics course taken within the last five years from an accredited university is recommended (may be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level)

Applicants may be required to complete an interview with the faculty

Three letters of recommendation with unconditional endorsements of the applicant for admission:

  1. Chief Nurse/ senior nurse executive (or another officer in direct chain of command)
  2. Immediate supervisor
  3. APRN in the specialty for which applying

Professional Requirements:

Recent direct patient care recommended

Shadow an FNP for a minimum of 20 hours. Contact your chief nurse/senior nurse executive for guidance and direction if needed

Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Doctor of Nursing Practice, DNP

Academic Requirements:

Competitive GRE Scores

Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, showing:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Combined science GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, etc.)
  • Grade of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better in a science course within the past 5 years from an accredited university. Anatomy, physiology, combined anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, or pharmacology recommended, graduate level preferred, 200-400 level courses considered
  • Statistics course preferred within the past 5 years from an accredited university (may be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level)

Applicants are required to complete an interview with the faculty

Three letters of recommendation with unconditional endorsements of the applicant for admission:

  1. Chief Nurse/ senior nurse executive (or another officer in direct chain of command)
  2. Immediate supervisor
  3. APRN in the specialty for which applying

Professional Requirements:

Shadow a PMH Nurse for a minimum of 20 hours. Contact your chief nurse or senior nurse executive for guidance and direction, if needed. Have your Shadow Nurse fill out the shadow questionnaire form and submit along with your LOR.