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 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

  • NIH Research Funding

    The College of Nursing achieved the rank of #1 in the State of Florida for National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding and #22 in the nation.
  • 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 (2017):

    • 93% USF College of Nursing
    • 74% State of Florida
    • 87% United States
  • Alumni in the Community

    The College of Nursing boasts more than 10,000 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*

    • 1,362  Undergraduate
    •    955  Graduate
    • 2,317  TOTAL
  • Number of Faculty*

    •  76   Full-time and Part-time
    •  87   Adjunct
    •    2   Post Doc
    •   40  Courtesy
    • 205  TOTAL


*As of Fall 2018