College Overview


The College of Nursing is an integral part of USF Health and the University of South Florida. We strive to live by our mission to prepare 21st-century nurses to address the health care needs of local and global communities through excellence in research, education, and clinical care.

Founded in 1973, the College of Nursing is one of 14 colleges that comprise the University of South Florida (USF). The USF system, with campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee, enrolls more than 50,000 students. The students are a diverse group, coming from every state, every U.S. territory, and more than 145 countries around the world.

Facts and Figures

  • Awards and Recognition

    The College of Nursing master’s program is ranked #41 in the nation on the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools list, the highest rank for any college of nursing at a public university in the state of Florida; the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is also ranked #41 on the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools list.
  • Clinical Outreach

    The College of Nursing performs more than 200,000 clinical hours in the community each year and has more than 900 clinical partners.
  • Licensure

    The College of Nursing boasts National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rates that exceed both the state and national averages (2018):

    • 94.44% USF College of Nursing
    • 80.74% State of Florida
    • 88.29% United States
  • Alumni in the Community

    The College of Nursing boasts more than 11,500 alumni, many of whom have decided to pursue their careers in Tampa Bay, doing their part to improve health care for people from all walks of life.
  • Number of Students*

    • 1,423  Undergraduate
    •    951  Graduate
    • 2,374  TOTAL
  • Number of Faculty*

    •  74   Full-time and Part-time
    •  92   Adjunct
    •    5   Post Doc
    •   71  Courtesy
    • 242  TOTAL

*As of Fall 2019