Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Who are USF MSNs?

The master’s graduate of the Leach College of Nursing is an advanced nurse who functions in a nurse practitioner, nurse educator or nurse administrator role. Advanced practice nurses are often called on to assume leadership roles in the profession and in health care delivery.

As a graduate you will incorporate your education and research into a practice that is reflective of the dynamic needs of a diverse population. Through the advanced role you will be instrumental in ensuring health promotion, health maintenance, and health restoration in your community of practice. Through scientific inquiry and collaborative relationships the advanced practice nurse continually augments and refines the science of nursing.

online msn program

Program Options (all programs are online)

  • Family Nurse Practitioner: The Family Nurse Practitioner track of study is offered completely online.
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Administration: Based in solid nursing theory, the MSN in Administration prepares R.N.s to ethically manage nursing personnel and services in hospitals and other health care delivery agencies. In addition to the required core nursing courses in biostatistics/research, evidence-based practice, advanced practice nursing roles and population based health, this degree includes instruction in principles of health care administration, resource and financial management, health care law, personnel management, and managed care operations and global health.
  • Nursing Educator: The Nursing Education track of study is offered completely online for instruction tailored for each individuals needs.
  • R.N.-B.S.-MSN: An MSN for R.N.s with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree. Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administrator and Nursing Educator

Please Note: Due to State Board of Nursing requirements and a shortage of clinical placement sites, students who wish to enroll in the MSN Education, FNP, or DNP programs must reside in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, New Mexico or Wisconsin. Some restrictions apply to the MSN Administration program. To find out if this program is available in your area, click here to access  the “Program Availability by State”. 

The University participates in Nursing’s Centralized Application Service (Nursing CAS), which collects and processes your application documents and verifies your transcripts. Applications for admission are accepted either through Nursing’s Centralized Application System (CAS) or directly on the USF website.

If you have questions or need further clarification, please contact the office of admissions at 800-735-7500.

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