College of Nursing

From Dean Victoria L. Rich

As a leading college of nursing, we feel privileged to educate, collaborate and practice with the best and brightest in the industry. We believe in transforming healthcare and transforming lives. Nursing is multidimensional and offers many career conduits of success including clinical, advanced practice, research, education, and leadership. We have ambitious goals of being a top 20 National Institutes of Health research team and a top 25 U.S. News & World Report nursing program. Our donors, students, faculty, staff, alumni and clinical partners are all essential to what makes the USF College of Nursing an educational powerhouse. We are proud of our accomplishments, and look forward to charting new territory with you.

Victoria L. Rich, PhD, RN, FAAN
Senior Associate Vice President, USF Health
Dean, College of Nursing

Local Outreach — Global Impact

The University of South Florida College of Nursing is preparing 21st-century nurses to promote health and wellness in our community and around the world.

Educating Veterans

The College of Nursing recognizes the unique skills that veterans have, and we support medics and corpsman who wish to transition to nursing. By offering credit for military training and education, we encourage veterans to use their experiences to further their careers and have an impact on those in need of health care. 

Addressing the Nursing Shortage

The College of Nursing is expanding the curriculum to the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. This initiative will provide more opportunities for students to enter the nursing field and earn baccalaureate degrees. One challenge the college faces is recruiting enough faculty to teach all the highly qualified students we have. Creating new endowed faculty positions and doctoral scholarship programs can help solve that issue. The need for new faculty is at an all-time high and will continue to grow. Consider this: Faculty members teach hundreds of students each year. The students then go on to be nurses who treat thousands of people a year. The impact each faculty member has on patient care over the course of his or her lifetime is tremendous—and definitely worth an investment. 

Providing the Simulation Experience   

All undergraduate and graduate students receive hands-on education in our state-of-the-art simulation labs. Through innovative technologies and methods, they gain professional experience in emergency situations and other real-world scenarios, becoming better prepared for their careers.

Producing PhD Nurse Scientists

Our PhD nurse scientists are skilled in externally funded research, medical leadership, and scholarly publication. Their research in a variety of health fields can improve the lives of patient populations and influence the success of clinical care. Their work helps educate the next generation of nurses.


Serving the World   

The community health experience offered by our Global Nursing Program enables students to learn about international health care while improving the lives of local residents. Students have the opportunity to learn about different cultures, build working relationships with other health care professionals, and gain an understanding of the challenges facing other nations.        

Engaging in Critical Research   

Our faculty and students are highly involved in research that impacts a host of issues, including cancer prevention and management; heart health; chronic illness; biobehavioral mechanisms; complementary and alternative therapies; caregiver support; and symptom management. Their work influences the treatment of illness and patient outcomes.       

Collaborating Professionally   

The College of Nursing is proud to collaborate with other colleges within USF Health for interprofessional education. One example is the newly created Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) Neurosurgical Fellowship, which is a partnership with the Neurosurgery Clinic. Just as every hospital or medical center relies on the expertise of nurses, doctors, pharmacists, physical therapists, and other medical professionals, we work with colleagues and students in these colleges to better understand the needs of patients and the future of health care.     

Raising the Bar    

At the College of Nursing, we are always pushing our students to reach farther, to gain more experience, to explore new frontiers. By working with the USF Honors College, we have raised the bar and challenged students to be their best. Through commitment and dedication in this academic program, they will graduate even more prepared to address the health care needs of those throughout Tampa Bay and around the globe. We have also created a special accelerated track that allows students to finish both a bachelor’s degree and a PhD in seven years.

Points of Pride

  • Enrolls more than 2,500 students
  • Boasts more 10,000 alumni, many of whom work in Tampa Bay
  • Offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs 
  • Ranked No. 1 in Florida for National Institutes of Health research funding and No. 22 in the nation (2017) 

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