Leach College of Nursing

Nursing is one of the most flexible and satisfying careers you can choose. USF has educated three generations of caring and highly skilled nurses. At USF, you will receive one of the finest nursing educations available, preparing you to be a competent clinician and an advocate for your patients. USF nursing students learn to work with state-of-the-art technology and equipment. You also will receive a high level of personal attention and individual guidance while enjoying a close-knit environment with your classmates whether onsite or online.


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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs at the University of St. Francis, are accredited by the:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
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Nursing is at the forefront of health care professions today. Employment for registered nurses continues to grow steadily more than any other occupation. Nurses take expanding roles in all aspects of health care and continue to be in greater demands compared to other health care professions. Nurses are making impacts locally, nationally and globally to ensure safe and effective care for all, particularly the vulnerable and underserved
populations of the world.

At the University of St. Francis Leach College of Nursing, we continue to excel in the provision of quality academic nursing programs that are exciting and rigorous at all degree levels. We produce nurse leaders who work in various spheres and levels of society, nurses changing the world and the lives of their patients daily. Our pre-licensure, face-to-face program provides students with a supportive foundation for nursing. All our post-licensure programs (including the R.N.-BSN) and all graduate programs are delivered in a mostly online and/or hybrid format to provide ongoing educational opportunity for working registered nurses to become advanced practice registered nurses.

Our experienced, vibrant faculty are enthusiastic and utilize diverse, interactive, current, and evidence-based educational technology to facilitate learning for our students. Our highly acclaimed simulation center provides students with progressively challenging simulated experiences in a supportive learning environment.

In a collective and collaborative manner, the Leach College of Nursing is moving forward in achieving the mission of the University of St. Francis by preparing nurses who will serve the underserved populations of the world and lead health care globally and locally through active and impactful community engagement. We invite you to join us to experience nursing at this most exciting time. Start or improve your nursing educational journey with us!

Welcome to USF and welcome to LCON!

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Dr. Ebere Ume
Dean, Leach College of Nursing
Click here to view my faculty profile

For information on the nursing honor society, click here.

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Meet the Leach College of Nursing Faculty


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Administration
  • Nursing Education
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner