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  • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing (GSN)

    The Uniformed Services University Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing, founded in 1993, educates Advanced Practice Nurses (APRN) and offers MSN, DNP, and PhD degree programs as well as Nurse Anesthesia, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Nurse Practitioner graduate programs.

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    • Accreditations CCNE Accredited COA Accredited
    • Location Bethesda, Maryland
    • Programs DNP, MSN, MSN-to-DNP, MSN to PhD, CRNA, CNS, PhD, BSN-to-PhD, BSN-to-DNP, Other
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    Established in 1972, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) is a health science university of the U.S. federal government. The mission of USUHS is to prepare graduates for service to the U.S. at home and abroad as medical professionals in the medical corp.

    In 1993, the Uniformed Services University Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing was founded. The programs are designed for advanced practice nurses who want to complete advancement for the challenges in military medicine.

    Graduate Degrees


    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

    Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS)

    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    • Registered Nurse Anesthesia (RNA)
    • Family Nurse Practitioner/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (FNP/WHNP)
    • Adult-Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS)
    • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

    Admission Criteria - Registered Nurse Anesthesia (RNA) (not all inclusive)

    • Commissioned officer or service sponsored civilian in the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy or Public Health Service with Bachelor's or Master's degree (concentration in Nursing)
    • Undergraduate 3.0 GPA or higher
    • Undergraduate Science GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (if applicable)
    • Undergraduate or graduate biochemistry course within 5 years of application
    • Undergraduate or graduate level statistics course
    • Competitive GRE scores
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Current unrestricted RN license
    • Curriculum vitae
    • BLS, ACLS and PALS certifications
    • Program Faculty interview
    • At least one year RN experience in critical care setting in military or civilian hospital
    • Critical care experience must be obtained in critical care area within the United States, its territories, or US military hospital outside of the U.S.
    • Examples of critical care areas may include but are not limited to: Surgical Intensive Care, Pediatric Intensive Care, and Neonatal Intensive Care
    • RN's with experience in other areas may be considered

    Admission Criteria - FNP/WHNP (not all inclusive)

    • Commissioned officer or service sponsored civilian as outlined in RNA criteria
    • Undergraduate 2.7 GPA or higher, Undergraduate Science GPA of 2.7 or higher, If applicable, Graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Grade of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better in an undergraduate or graduate level Pathophysiology, Physiology, or Biochemistry within the past 5 years (accredited program)
    • Competitive GRE scores
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Current unrestricted RN license
    • Current curriculum vitae
    • Current BLS certification

    Admission Criteria - PMHNP (not all inclusive)

    PMHNP as outlined in FNP/WHNP criteria including 2 years of experience in a behavioral health setting preferred but not required

    Admission Criteria for AGCNS is as outlined in FNP/WHNP criteria (not all inclusive).

    Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)

    Admission Criteria (not all inclusive)

    • Nurses from uniformed services have priority for admissions; nurses employed in federal agencies eligible for admission
    • Master's degree in nursing or related field from an accredited school with minimum GPA of a 3.0
    • Current RN license or eligibility for licensure in any of the 50 states/territories
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Graduate Record Exam taken within five years of application
    • Statement of the applicant's reason for PhD study
    • Three letters of reference
    • PhD Faculty interview

    Accreditation

    The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the Masters of Nursing Science and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees at Uniformed Services University.

    The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) fully accredited the Nurse Anesthesia Program and is a 36-month Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

    USU is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

    Rankings

    US News & World Report (2019-2020)

    • #4 (tie) in Nursing-Anesthesia
    • #41 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
    • #32 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
    • #898 (tie) in Best Global Universities

    Registered Nurse Anesthetist Employment Rates

    The USUHS RNA program graduates is 100 percent.

    Registered Nurse Anesthetist Pass Rates

    National Certification Exam Board - The first-time test takers for the inaugural DNP class (2016) was 90 percent with 21 students sitting for the exam.

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