FAQ

This page contains answers to questions most frequently asked by Nursing@USC applicants. If you cannot find the answer to your question here, contact us directly.

General

Earning Your Degree

Tuition

Applying to Nursing@USC

On-Campus Intensives (OCIs) and Clinical Placement

General

  • What is Nursing@USC?

    Nursing@USC is the online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. The Family Nurse Practitioner program—the first advanced practice specialization to be offered— prepares nurses to treat patients across the life span in primary care settings. The program is delivered online and is available to registered nurses across the country.

  • How is Nursing@USC different from other online programs?

    USC uniquely pairs nursing with social work to offer students a perspective on the role of social factors on patient health and how this knowledge might influence practice and health policy.

    Nursing@USC also features a virtual campus that facilitates an engaging online learning experience. Students attend live classes that are kept small to encourage collaboration and connection with peers and faculty. Students apply what they learn in class during in-person clinical placements. Clinical placement coordinators work with students to find placements in or near their own communities.

  • What are the technology requirements?

    In addition to a webcam, hardware and software requirements include Windows XP or Vista, or Mac OSX; 1 GB of RAM; 100MB of hard drive space; and high-speed Internet (DSL or cable) is strongly recommended.

  • Is the Nursing@USC program accredited?

    The master's degree program in nursing at University of Southern California is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

  • Will my transcript or diploma indicate I was enrolled in an online program?

    No. When you graduate, your diploma and transcript will show that you earned a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the University of Southern California. You will receive the same diploma as students who attend USC on campus.

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Earning Your Degree

  • How long will it take to complete the program?

    The program can be completed in 21 to 33 months, depending on whether you attend as a full-time (5 semesters) or part-time (8 semesters) student .

  • How many credits is the program?

    As a Nursing@USC student, you will complete 49 credit hours to earn your degree. If you are required to complete the bridge course before admission to the program, you will complete a total of 51 credit hours.

  • Are there full-time and part-time options for the program?

    Yes. You can complete the program on a full-time or part-time basis. For more information, refer to the Course Schedules page.

  • Will I be required to visit the USC campus?

    As a USC student, you may choose to visit the campus at any time. You will be required to travel to campus for the on-campus intensives (OCIs) with USC faculty. Learn more about the OCI requirement.

  • Can international students apply to the Nursing@USC program?

    International students are welcome to apply, however, you must reside within the United States upon application and throughout the duration of the program.

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Tuition

  • What is the cost of attending the Nursing@USC program?

    Refer to the Tuition & Financial Aid page on this website for information about the cost of attendance.

  • How do I apply for financial aid?

    You can find detailed information about applying for financial aid on the USC Financial Aid Office website.

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Applying to Nursing@USC

  • What are the admissions requirements?

    You must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and have at least one year of clinical experience as a registered nurse to be eligible to apply to Nursing@USC. Applicants who are still earning a BSN will not be considered; you must graduate from your program before applying. For more information, visit the Admissions Requirements page.

  • I hold a non-nursing bachelor's degree, but I work as an RN. Am I eligible to apply?

    No. You must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to apply for the Nursing@USC program.

  • What is the application fee?

    The Nursing@USC application fee is $90.

  • Are Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores required for admission?

    No, but if you believe submitting test scores will strengthen your application, contact your admissions counselor.

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On-Campus Intensives (OCIs) and Clinical Placement

  • What are on-campus intensives, and how many OCIs am I required to attend?

    On-campus intensives are academic on-site visits where students complete in-person assessments under the supervision of USC faculty. They provide the opportunity to practice and demonstrate your skills in real time. You are required to attend two OCIs. The first will take place at the end of your first term and the second at the end of your third term. Visit our OCI page to learn more about the experience.

  • Can I choose my clinical placement?

    No. Our team will match you with a qualified clinical placement where you will apply your skills and knowledge within your scope of practice. We will make every effort to find you a placement that is in or near your community.

  • What types of facilities may be chosen for my placement?

    You will complete your placement requirement in a family practice environment or outpatient clinic.

  • How will I be notified about my assigned clinical placement site?

    A dedicated placement specialist will contact you approximately six months before your placement begins. At that time, you can provide referrals and suggestions for your placement location, and once confirmed, a placement specialist will notify you directly.

  • Can I work full time while I complete my clinical placement?

    While in school, your clinical requirement should be your first priority, so working full time while completing your placement is not recommended.

  • Where can I find information about the clinical placement process?

    For information about the clinical placement requirement, visit our Clinical Placement page.

  • How many hours of clinical placement are required in the Nursing@USC Program?

    784 hours. Students will complete clinical placements in four settings, working with (1) adult patients, (2) child-bearing and pediatric patients, (3) adults with complex conditions, and (4) an integrated family practice experience. Each placement rotation will be fourteen (14) weeks long, and will require fourteen (14) hours of placement time per week, with each weekly requirement completed in at least two, seven hour stretches of placement.

  • In what semesters/terms of the program do clinical hours take place?
    Clinical Hours by Semester
    Placement Name Term in 5 Term Track Term in 8 Term Track
    Adult Patients 2 3
    Childbearing & Childrearing 3 4
    Adult Patients With Complex Issues 4 5
    Family Primary Care 5 8

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