About Nursing@USC

Nursing@USC is the Master of Science in Nursing program from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing with the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) as the first advanced practice specialization. Designed for registered nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree and have at least one year of clinical experience, the program prepares family nurse practitioners to treat physical and behavioral health, address social and environmental factors, and lead positive social change.

Nursing@USC is delivered online, with live classes hosted in our virtual classroom. All courses are taught by USC faculty who are experienced, respected practitioners in the field. As a student in the program, you will complete foundational coursework, attend on-campus intensives and complete clinical placements in or near your own community. The curriculum is grounded in evidence-based practice with a focus on how social determinants — the conditions in which people live, learn, work and play — affect health and well-being.

About the Department of Nursing

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work’s Department of Nursing was founded in 2016 to promote the science of nursing, advance clinical scholarship and educate nurses for clinical leadership roles with a focus on improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities, and creating a socially just world.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has generated a resurgence of interest in social determinants as the basis for health care decisions in nursing education, research and health policy. We are now challenged to integrate this knowledge into practice and education. We believe our pairing of nursing and social work will prepare a new kind of nurse nimble enough to address a multitude of health needs and who is poised to act as a catalyst for an improved, equitable health care system for all.

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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).

If you have questions about Nursing@USC, contact an admissions counselor at 844-487-2676 oPhone Number request more information.

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If you are an RN seeking advancement opportunities, discover how Nursing@USC can prepare you to take the next step in your career.