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.