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, and 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 141 countries around the world.

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*

    • 1,192  Undergraduate
    •    963  Graduate
    • 2,155  TOTAL
  • Number of Faculty*

      67 Full-time and Part-time 
      84 Adjunct
        3  Post Doc
      74 Courtesy & Joint Faculty
    228 Total 


*As of Fall 2020