WHO CAN APPLY TO THE USU GRADUATE SCHOOL OF NURSING?
Uniformed personnel with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing may apply to the MSN and DNP programs. Acceptance is contingent upon approval of the sponsoring agency or service. In order to be accepted, applicants must be active-duty officers in the Army, Navy, Air Force or Public Health Service.
There are 2 paths for entry into the PhD Program in Nursing Science- Bachelor’s Degree (BS or BSN) or Master’s Degree (MS or MSN). Both paths require an active RN license. Nurses from the uniformed services have priority for admission. Nurses employed in federal agencies are also eligible for admissions on a space-available basis.
CAN I TRANSFER CREDITS TO THE USU GRADUATE SCHOOL OF NURSING?
Yes, a maximum of 6 credits may be transferred into the DNP program and up to 9 graduate level credits will be considered in the PhD program assuming two conditions are met: 1) a grade of B or higher was achieved in the course being considered for transfer credit and 2) the Program Director has reviewed the course syllabus/description and authorized/approved the credit.
WHAT IS CAMPUS LIFE LIKE AT THE UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY?
HOW MUCH IS THE TUITION?
There are no tuition costs or fees. Students incur obligated service according to the requirements of their sponsoring organization.
I'M A RESERVIST - CAN I APPLY?
No. If you are a reservist and want to attend USU/GSN, you would need to transition to Active Duty, and apply for a seat via one of the service’s educational program pathways (Army = LTHET, Navy = DUINS, Air Force = AFIT)
WHEN ARE THE APPLICATION DEADLINES?
The application deadline is August 15 for all branches of service.
I’M A CIVILIAN - CAN I APPLY TO THE MSN OR DNP PROGRAM?
No. You must be on Active Duty in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Public Health Service.
WILL I NEED TO TRAVEL (GO TDY/TAD) TO GET CLINICAL HOURS/EXPERIENCES?
Be prepared and expect to be sent TDY/TAD for some of your clinical rotations throughout the program. During the first 12 months of both program options (MSN and DNP), the focus of the learning is on core advanced practice nursing sciences, evidence-based practice, and program- specific courses. Although the majority of your time will be spent in the classroom setting, all students will experience a clinical immersion at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters that may involve a 2-3 week TAD/TDY travel.
The clinical rotations begin to ramp up in the 2nd year of the program where the focus shifts to an emphasis on clinical application of knowledge. During this year, didactic sessions are shorter and interspersed with numerous short intensive clinical rotations typically within the National Capital Area (NCA) for both the MSN & DNP programs with the addition of three 3- week TAD/TDY clinical rotations in the Spring semester specific to DNP program.
The first 12 months of the program focuses on core advanced practice nursing sciences, research, and program-specific courses. This first year, students spend the majority of their time in the classroom setting with a clinical immersion at the end of each didactic course in the Fall and Spring semesters.
Beginning in the summer of the 2nd year, didactic sessions are shorter (lasting approximately 4-6 weeks) and are followed by intensive (9-10 week) clinical rotations, often at a TDY/TAD location.
At the end of the 2nd year, students have a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) to an identified clinical residency site to complete the remainder of the didactic and clinical courses.
The first year of the program stresses core advanced practice nursing science, foundations for evidence-based practice, and foundational behavioral health content. The majority of student time will be spent on campus with simulation center clinical experiences integrated into the first-year curriculum.
The second year builds on the foundation of the first with more focused concentration on evidence-based research, substance abuse, operational behavioral health, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment modalities. Beginning in the summer of the 2nd year, didactic sessions are shorter (lasting approximately 4-6 weeks) and are followed by intensive (9-10 week) clinical rotations, often at a TDY/TAD location.
At the end of the 2nd year, students PCS to an identified clinical residency site to complete the remainder of the didactic and clinical courses.
During the first 15 months of the program (Phase 1), students will remain on the campus of USU, receiving the academic and professional education necessary for entrance into the clinical arena.
During the second year, students will experience a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) to a military medical treatment facility (Phase II clinical site) where they will complete their final 21 months of training. Enrichment site rotations, with possible TAD/TDY periods, provide additional clinical experiences during Phase II. Phase II site selection will be made during the first few weeks of Phase I training.
I’M A CIVILIAN - CAN I APPLY?
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.
WHO CAN APPLY TO THE PHD PROGRAM IN NURSING?
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. RNs with as active license and a Bachelor's or Master's degree are eligible to apply.
PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814