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Nursing@USC, the online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing, is an evidence-based program that prepares family nurse practitioners to provide comprehensive care to individuals and communities. As part of the School of Social Work, Nursing@USC is uniquely positioned to offer a 360-degree approach to health care, weaving societal factors into the forefront of nursing education.

Our master’s degree program in nursing is accredited by both the Commission on College Nursing Education (CCNE)  and the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) .

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Become a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Designed for registered nurses (RNs) who hold a bachelor’s degree and have at least one year of clinical experience as an RN, Nursing@USC trains aspiring FNPs to address the physical, social and environmental factors that affect patient well-being. Graduates are prepared to offer integrative care to infants, children, adolescents and adults throughout their lives.

  • Complete the program in as few as 21 months
  • Prepare for classes with interactive coursework available 24/7
  • Meet your classmates during two on-campus intensives
  • Join the Trojan Family, a network of more than 375,000 USC alumni

Learn more about our FNP program.

Statement from Department of Nursing Faculty on Racial Solidarity

As faculty of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing cannot remain silent as our nation struggles to come to terms with the horrific murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others. Silence aids the oppressor, never society. Black Lives Matter. Our faculty celebrates diversity through an exchange of ideas and open communication despite differences in race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, social class, or disability.

Systemic and institutional racism continues to exist in our country. One of the central tenants of nursing is to do no harm. Yet the prevalence of racism, implicit bias and social disparities within our health care system harm our African-American patients, families and communities. The social determinants of health account for more than 60 percent of health outcomes. Lack of access, inferior medical treatment, limited economic opportunities, environmental safety, educational resources and a discriminatory judicial system have left African-American communities disadvantaged for far too long.

In short, racism is a public health crisis. We stand with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the American Public Health Association (APHA), and other health care associations in the call for equality and justice for all. This will require dedicated efforts and necessitates that we, as health care providers, community advocates, educators, liaisons and citizens listen, learn and relearn, in order to effectively combat systemic racism in our health care systems across the country.

Learn from Respected Nurse Practitioners

As a student in our online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, you will collaborate with and learn from nursing leaders who believe in 360 degrees of care and are committed to treating patients as people. Many members of the nursing faculty are actively practicing in their own communities in addition to their teaching responsibilities. As part of the School of Social Work, Nursing@USC faculty are on the forefront of social determinants of health, finding opportunities to weave their interdisciplinary knowledge into the curriculum.

Their dedication extends to supporting you as you advance in your nursing career. Nursing faculty host scheduled office hours or informal “coffee chats,” seeking opportunities to get to know students on a personal level.

Nursing With a Social Work Perspective

Nursing@USC encompasses more than the fundamentals of nursing leadership. As part of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, students benefit from a holistic social work focus, gaining skills that set them apart in the field, including:

  • In-depth understanding of the social determinants of health
  • Opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations
  • Motivational interviewing techniques
  • Knowledge of the therapeutic alliance and ability to cultivate this relationship with patients
  • Skills for delivering updates or information to patients and their families

Apply to Nursing@USC

The final deadline for the January 2024 cohort is October 9, 2023.
Start your application today and join our next class.

The Role of an FNP

FNPs are advanced practice nurses who are qualified to deliver high-level health services, including:

  • Diagnosing and treating common health problems
  • Interpreting lab results and X-rays
  • Prescribing medications
  • Initiating and managing treatment plans
  • Providing patient education and counseling to promote wellness
  • Referring patients to other health professionals as needed

The Demand for FNPs

U.S. News & World Report ranked nurse practitioner as no. 3 on its list of 100 Best Jobs of 2021. Additionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the field will grow by 52 percent between 2019 and 2029, and 110,700 new positions will be available. If you are considering furthering your career within the field of nursing, becoming an FNP can be a fulfilling next step.

Learn More About Nursing@USC

Take the next step toward becoming an FNP: request information about the online MSN program today.