Become a nurse at the University of St. Francis

The University of St. Francis provides 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. Small classes mean you also will receive a high level of personal attention and individual guidance while enjoying a close-knit environment with your classmates.

Nursing is an important, lively, dynamic profession. The USF Nursing program prepares you with up-to-date skills, critical thinking, cultural awareness and experiential learning. You will learn to succeed in an evolving nursing profession with classes, labs, simulations, and clinical experiences. Put in simple terms, nurses are life-savers. There are more than three million registered nurses in the United States alone providing care in a wide variety of health care settings, including doctor’s offices, hospitals, urgent care centers, pharmacies, schools, and many other locations. You will be challenged and prepared to coordinate the care for all aspects of a patient’s overall health.


The University of St. Francis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at the University of St. Francis, are accredited by the:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
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“The USF BSN program truly prepares you for the rigor of real world nursing! Nursing takes high critical thinking skills, empathy, compassion, attention to detail, and much more. The program and curriculum, teachers, clinical instructors and administration truly do everything to ensure that USF’s graduated nurses express all of these qualities and more. My USF education prepared me to be PICU nurse and for that, I will be forever grateful!”

-Danielle Aurit

What Can You Do With This Degree?

Our BSN graduates regularly earn an NCLEX pass rate that’s higher than the national average—typically running from 90 to 100 percent. Graduates who pass the NCLEX examination are thereby licensed as registered nurses and are able to enter any generalist practice area in nursing. Graduates of the Leach College of Nursing 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. They are equipped with the knowledge and skills to meet the nursing needs of contemporary society as well as the intellectual inquiry necessary for continued development in the nursing profession.

Grow Through Real-World Experience

The Leach College of Nursing’s simulation labs provide nursing students the opportunity to enhance their skills and practice nursing techniques. The lab consists of four computerized mannequins of different genders and ages. In addition, the many areas of health care— hospitals, home health, public health, managed care, primary care clinics, hospice care, long-term care (nursing homes) and mental health services— 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.

Blessing of the Hands- White Coat Ceremony

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