University of San Francisco Nursing School Review

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and downtown, the University of San Francisco (USF) is one of the top schools in the nation for ethnic diversity and international student enrollment. USF is a Jesuit Catholic school with small class sizes, and over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Nursing Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The BSN program at USF is for men and women who are beginning their careers in nursing. Graduates will be able to take the state licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to become Registered Nurses (RNs). They will also be eligible for the Public Health Nursing Certificate for California.

Course work in the program begins freshman year. To graduate, students will complete a minimum of 128 credits of general education and nursing requirements.

The Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

The CNL is a generalist who provides and manages care for a specific group of patients. This program is for non-nurses who have a bachelor’s degree or higher. This program is six semesters long when taken full time, and students will complete a minimum of 67 units to graduate.

Registered Nurse (RN) Associate Degree (ADN) to MSN CNL

RNs that have completed their ADN can pursue this accelerated program to earn their MSN CNL degree. Students do not need a bachelor’s degree for this program. This program requires a total of 46 units to complete.

RN Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to MSN CNL

This two year program allows RNs who have already completed their BSN degree to work toward an MSN CNL degree.

RN (BA/BS non-nursing) to MSN CNL

RNs that have completed their ADN and also have a non-nursing BA or BS degree are eligible to apply to this program. This is a two year program, and students will be required to take 40 units of coursework.

Online MSN

The Online MSN degree is an innovative program that allows RNs with either ADN degrees or BSN degrees to work toward their MSN CNL degree while taking all of their coursework online, and completing their clinical internships in a health care facility close to where they live. Students are able to complete this program in as little as two years.

Post Master’s CNL

The Post Master’s CNL program at USF is a personalized program that is custom fitted to each student. Students will take a series of courses related to CNL competencies as outlined by the Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), after a review of their transcript. Depending on the student, the program will be anywhere from 9 to 31 units. Upon completion of the program, students will be allowed to take the CNL examination.

Master of Public Health (MPH)

The USF MPH degree is structured to prepare students to be public health practitioners and leaders. This program requires 45 units of study to graduate.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The DNP program is designed for nurses holding either a BSN or MSN degree. BSN students will take from 82 to 94 units, and will need four years to complete the program. MSN students will be given consideration for courses already taken, and their program will be adjusted to reflect this. Most courses are given in a combination of online and in person. Courses are designed with the working professional nurse in mind. Graduates will also have completed 1000 hours of clinical practice performed under supervision.

RNs with a BSN or MSN can pursue specialties of Family Nurse Practitioner and Healthcare Systems Leadership. Nursing executives holding an MSN may specialize in Nursing Leadership.

University of San Francisco

2130 Fulton Street,

San Francisco, CA 94117-1080

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