Nursing is a lively, dynamic profession that will continue to change and grow. USF prepares students for these changes by focusing on critical thinking skills, cultural awareness and patient advocacy. The nursing curriculum provides students with knowledge and skills to meet the nursing needs of contemporary society as well as the intellectual inquiry necessary for the continued development of the nursing profession.
Students are prepared to provide nursing care for individuals, families and groups across their lifespan in a variety of health care settings with special emphasis on health care of the older adult. Students integrate knowledge regarding the nature of individuals, their environment and health state.
The many areas of health care — hospitals, home health, managed care, primary care clinics, public health, hospice care, long-term care (nursing homes) and mental health — are addressed in the curriculum and made available to students through clinical experiences.
Hands-on education is emphasized with learning activities that are carried out in the classroom, virtual simulation laboratory and in a variety of acute, long-term care and community settings.
USF BSN graduates earn a pass rate higher than the national average on the NCLEX, the national licensure examination for registered nurses.