Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) Doctor of Nurse Practitioner (DNP) Program


The mission of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Doctor of Nurse Practitioner Program is to educate safe, competent providers prepared to practice independently in response to worldwide mission in the Uniformed Services.


The Premier nursing education and research graduate school innovative in serving the needs of the federal health system.

Program Overview

​The DNP Program is a 36 month, full-time program in which didactic, simulation and clinical experiences are tightly and deliberately integrated using a life-span approach that supports the development of critical thinking skills.  Our signature curriculum is designed to include practice, scholarly inquiry and educational experiences relevant to both military operation and federal health care. The curriculum has three focused areas: Operational Readiness in the Changing Environment, Clinical Decision-Making in the Federal Health Care Delivery System and Global, Environmental, Cultural and Political Context, with cross cutting emphasis on patient safety, leadership & health policy, evidence based practice & education and health promotion for warriors and families.

PHASE I – First 24 months of the program

PHASE 2 – Final 12 months of the program

Across the 3 year program, each graduate will acquire over 1800 direct practice hours, will create and implement a DNP project addressing a healthcare system problem and will create a personal portfolio demonstrating how they have achieved each of the 8 DNP Essentials.

Graduates of the DNP Program will be prepared:

  • Manage the unique healthcare needs of federal beneficiaries including active duty service members and their families, retirees, and other directed populations.
  • Provide adaptive leadership in joint service environments within multidisciplinary teams.
  • Deliver healthcare in unique and dynamic settings including military operational, austere, disaster, and humanitarian and civic aid environments.

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