College Overview

Nursing Leaders

The College of Nursing is a world class nursing program shaping the nursing profession and is an integral part of USF Health and the University of South Florida. We strive to live by our mission – Transforming Healthcare, Transforming Lives: Creating the Nursing Leaders of Tomorrow and the Research that Improves Health. We lead as a result of our dedicated faculty and staff committed to student success and as demonstrated by our exceptional rankings.

College Highlights, etc

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked the College of Nursing as tied for the No.1 graduate program in the State University System of Florida and the 45th program nationally 
  • First among the State University System of Florida in National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding and No. 27 nationally
  • Over 400,000 clinical hours provided to the community on an annual basis
  • Over 700 clinical partners
  • Employment Rates at Graduation:
    • BS Graduates 97-100%
    • MS Graduates 95%
    • DNP Graduates 92%
    • PhD Graduates 90%
  • Average Nurse Salaries:
    • RN: $63K
    • NP: $86K
    • DNP: $106K
    • CRNA: $150K

The College of Nursing, which was founded in 1973, is one of 14 colleges that comprise the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa. The three member institutions are separately accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and together have an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. The USF Tampa campus has more than 48,000 students and is a major metropolitan research university located in the heart of beautiful Tampa Bay. The students are a diverse group, coming from every state, every U.S. territory and more than 140 countries around the world. International students make up 8% of the total student population.

Nurturing Innovation in Nursing

At the College of Nursing, the faculty and staff strive to assist students in excelling in a high-impact, innovative research and entrepreneurial environment. Students can choose from a professional baccalaureate, a master's, a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and PhD nursing degrees. We offer the VCARE Sequence, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing sequence created for service members and veterans who have completed training as Army or Air Force medics and Navy corpsmen.

Global Partnerships, Improving Health

The College of Nursing also creates partnerships globally providing students first-hand knowledge of wellness issues through international nursing experiences in Scotland, St. Croix, Panama, and collaboration with the American Red Cross. In our commitment to excellence, our school is connected with hundreds of clinical partners that enable students to learn essential nursing skills under the guidance of an experienced nurse preceptor.


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