Student Spotlights

At Nursing@USC, we value diversity. We believe the nation’s most complex health challenges can only be solved by groups of people who leverage their differences — in education, ideas and experiences — to reach a common goal.

Our program brings together students from a range of backgrounds who care about creating social change in their communities by improving patient outcomes. Learn more about the Nursing@USC student experience through our student profiles below.

Julie Picking, Bakersfield, CA

"Our instructors were incredibly warm in person, as well as nurturing and supportive. They held us to a very high standard, but we knew that we had their support. The kind of camaraderie and family that was created during our OCI has carried on through the program, and we are a very close class." Read Julie's full bio.

Becky Hamner, Boca Raton, FL

"Collaborating with peers across the country from all disciplines of nursing and backgrounds has been such a gratifying experience. I feel like there is so much to be learned from sharing information across different areas within our field. Others’ work experiences can help broaden my knowledge as well as give me insight into hurdles others have navigated to succeed in their roles within the nursing profession." Read Becky's full bio.

Chandra Matteson, Chicago, IL

"I found Nursing@USC’s emphasis on social work really intriguing. I could imagine the emphasis on the social determinants of health being beneficial to me as a future provider. I am certain that the education I am receiving from the nursing faculty, along with the knowledge gained from viewing family practice nursing through a social work lens, will help me serve my patients’ needs once I’m practicing as a family nurse practitioner." Read Chandra's full bio.

Michael Yeboah, Orange County, CA

"I found it so rewarding to know that the connections I forged and nursing interventions I employed were having a lasting impact in the lives of my patients. With this realization came the knowledge that I could make an even greater impact in the lives of my patients and the community by becoming a family nurse practitioner. " Read Michael's full bio.

If you’re ready to join the Nursing@USC community and advance your career with a Master of Science in Nursing, access your application today.