College Overview

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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 employ the core values of excellence, innovation, inclusion, and respect to educate future nurses, advance nursing science, and implement evidence-based clinical practice to improve health and wellness.

Founded in 1973, the College of Nursing is one of 14 colleges that comprise the University of South Florida (USF). USF is situated in the vibrant and diverse Tampa Bay region, with campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee. Together these campuses serve more than 50,000 students and offer undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral degrees. The students are a diverse group, coming from every state, every U.S. territory, and more than 145 countries around the world. Student diversity is growing with 18% Hispanic students, 11% African American, and 7% Asian. Our newly appointed Chief Officer of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity will continue to grow our diversity plan.

Facts and Figures

  • Awards and Recognition

    The College of Nursing boasts programs that are ranked in the top 50 on the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools list. Our master’s program is ranked #47, tied with the highest rank for any college of nursing at a public university in the state of Florida, and our Doctor of Nursing Practice program is ranked #48.
  • Clinical Outreach

    The College of Nursing performs more than 110,000 clinical hours in the community each year and has more than 1,000 clinical partners.
  • Licensure

    The College of Nursing boasts National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rates that exceed both the state and national averages (2020):

    • 95.89% USF College of Nursing
    • 73.48% State of Florida
    • 88.93% United States
  • Alumni in the Community

    The College of Nursing boasts nearly 12,500 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*

    • 1,115  Undergraduate
    •    824  Graduate
    • 1,939  TOTAL
  • Number of Faculty*

       65 Full-time and Part-time 
     104 Adjunct
         1 Post Doc
       79 Courtesy & Joint Faculty
     249 Total 


*As of Spring 2021