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Portrait of Victoria Rich

Victoria L. Rich

Welcome to the USF College of Nursing!

We appreciate you taking the time to visit our website.

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 using local outreach to have a global impact, preparing 21st-century nurses to address the health care needs of diverse communities through excellence in research, education, and clinical care. Nursing is multidimensional and offers many career conduits of success, including clinical, advanced practice, research, education, and leadership.

Over the last few years, we have undergone a process of appreciative inquiry to develop our strategic plan. This plan will advance the college’s global prominence in research, education and practice. We have ambitious goals of being a top 20 National Institutes of Health (NIH) research team and a top 25 U.S. News & World Report nursing program. The foundation has been set to meet these goals with exceptional faculty and staff, and a research team that is forging ahead with innovative research concepts. We know these goals would not become reality without the help of the entire team.

Our educational programs set standards and enable students to work interprofessionally with colleagues from USF Health. USF Health's mission is to envision and implement the future of health. It is the partnership of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute, the College of Nursing, the College of Public Health, the College of Pharmacy, the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, the Biomedical Sciences Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs, and USF's multispecialty physicians group.  Furthermore, we have established strong academic-service partnerships with our healthcare communities across the state of Florida.

More hospitals require bachelor’s prepared nurses. One of our hallmark programs, the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science (RN to BS) program, ranks no. 1 among public state of Florida universities and no. 14 nationally. We know research matters and so we offer the DNP to PhD program, specifically designed for nurse practitioners looking to acquire that research experience. A cornerstone of our nursing programs is embedded in the importance of expert clinical practice and scholarship, hence we provide a Bachelor of Science to DNP (BS to DNP) and a Master of Science to DNP (MS to DNP).

Our 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. We hope you consider exploring this exciting adventure of becoming a professional USF Bull Nurse!


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