Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

24 months
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Students in the Masters of Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) programs are all commissioned officers in one of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.


Nursing students at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences receive full pay and allowances, free medical care, tuition, books and lab fees while at USU and upon graduation, in return all graduates complete a service obligation determined by their sponsoring Service or Agency.

The GSN enjoys a collaborative and cooperative relationship with the Chief Nurses of the four uniformed services (Army, Navy, Air Force and United States Public Health Service) and nursing leaders from the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) and the American Red Cross.  All together these federal nursing leaders represent over 125,000 nurses with a beneficiary population exceeding 8.5 million.  Nursing leaders from the uniformed services and VA coordinate the clinical specialties and numbers of graduate nurses with the GSN to meet the needs of the Uniformed Services.  They nominate and authorize students to apply for admission to the GSN programs and ultimately employ all GSN graduates.  USU is also tightly connected to military and federal stakeholders.  The Surgeons General of the four Uniformed Services are ex officio members of the University Board of Regents (BOR) which creates a direct and open communication channel between the services, USU leadership, and USU/GSN curriculum.

The GSN offers both an MSN and DNP degree option for advanced practice nurses and upon program completion, graduates are eligible to sit for national certification in the following advanced practice nursing specialties: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Registered Nurse Anesthetist (RNA), Perioperative, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AG-CNS), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP).  The GSN also offers a full or part-time Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science (PhD) degree. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Operational Readiness in Changing Environments
  • Clinical Decision Making in the Federal Health Care Delivery System
  • Global, Environmental, Cultural and Political Context
  • Evidenced-Based Practice and Research
  • Leadership and Health Policy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Original transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Interview may be required
  • Writing Sample (details in application)
  • 3 letters of recommendation required

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • Tuition and fees are waived for students.


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