Morsani College of Medicine
The USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education, enrolled its charter class in 1971 and has grown to offer an extensive array of degree programs. In addition to doctorates in medicine (MD) and medical sciences (PhD), the college offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), master’s degrees as well more than a dozen graduate certificates and a bachelor’s in Athletic Training. The College’s SELECT MD education program, which welcomed its first class August 2011, emphasizes emotional intelligence and leadership development. More than 80 medical residency programs are housed within the College. Opportunities exist for dual degree programs, including the MD-PhD and MD-MPH, and medical students can complete scholarly concentrations in areas ranging from business and entrepreneurship to research
College of Nursing
The USF College of Nursing began in 1973 by enrolling its charter class into the Bachelor’s Program. The College has grown steadily with the profession, adding a Master’s Program in 1980, a PhD Program in 1997, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in 2005. The College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for the BS, MS and DNP degree programs. In addition, the Nurse Anesthesia masters concentration is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs. The Bachelor Program has expanded beyond traditional students, to include an accelerated 2nd bachelor sequence and a revolutionary new program where Registered Nurses may complete a bachelor degree in patient and staff education, leadership and management, or clinical excellence. In the Master’s Program, students may choose from concentrations in Nurse Anesthesia, Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Education, and six Nurse Practitioner sub-specialties. Graduate certificates are available in many of these concentrations as well. The PhD Program at USF prepares nurse scientists who conduct research, scholarly and faculty activities at research intensive universities, and are leaders in the profession. USF has the first DNP program approved by the Florida Board of Governors, and it has grown to provide advanced practice residency opportunities in primary care as well as Signature Residencies in high demand clinical specialties.
College of Public Health
Established in 1984, the USF College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health and offers master’s (MPH, MSPH and MHA) and doctoral degrees (PhD, DrPH), along with Florida’s first bachelor’s degree in public health. The curriculum features cooperative learning, research, problem-solving, and field experience and opportunities for dual degrees, including the MPH-MSW, MD-MPH, DPT-MPH and JD-MPH. Students can take advantage of education delivered by web, executive format, weekend or alternative calendar formats. Graduate certificates provide specialized training in areas ranging from global health and infection control to social marketing and interdisciplinary women’s health.
College of Pharmacy
Opened in August 2011, the USF College of Pharmacy offers a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD). The college’s interprofessional curriculum, emphasizing geriatric pharmacotherapy, translational pharmacogenetics, leadership management and informatics and technology, is designed to prepare students to deliver technologically-advanced pharmaceutical care based on genetic profile and individualized responses to medications. The patient-centered program provides students practice experiences in a variety of hospital and community settings from their first year. The College earned initial accreditation in July 2011.
School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences
The USF School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences was authorized to begin the first clinical Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT) at a Florida public university in 2004. The three-year program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association. In their first year, students complete a core medical sciences curriculum alongside first-year MD students before advancing to physical therapy-specific courses. A transitional DPT degree program, established in 2011, allows licensed resident Florida physical therapists to earn the DPT degree through online courses that build upon their current knowledge.
School of Biomedical Sciences
The School of Biomedical Sciences in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine is the hub for graduate and postdoctoral education as well biomedical research. The School’s education continuum spans Doctoral, Master’s and Certificate programs with a diverse array of concentrations ranging from cardiovascular disease and neuroscience to metabolic and nutritional medicine. The integrated PhD in Medical Science program encourages collaboration among scientists of all disciplines, and students can tailor programs to their individual needs and interests. Two interdisciplinary master’s programs – the Biotechnology program and the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Program – are designated Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Program by the Council of Graduate Schools.
Founded in 1971, the Hinks and Elaine Shimberg Library supports curriculum and research needs of USF Health students, faculty and staff. The library’s computer laboratory contains a variety of hardware and software. Remote access is available from home or office, with 98 percent of journals available online.
Continuing Professional Development
The USF Health Office of Continuing Professional Development is a not-for-profit, academic provider of continuing education for health care professionals. The Office provides accreditation, education, and conference management services to meet the needs of clients regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Area Health Education Center
The USF Area Health Education Center (AHEC), begun in 1993, covers a nine-county area across West Central Florida. The program inspires, trains, recruits and sustains a diverse and broad range of health professionals to practice where needs are the greatest. USF AHEC coordinates clinical training opportunities at community sites for students and residents. Partnering with community organizations, AHEC creates and conducts health promotion activities in medically underserved areas, such as rural health clinics and migrant communities.