Master of Science in Nursing

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing is reimagining the nursing community’s role by providing our graduates with the foundation to become catalysts for systemic change in community health.

Nurses hold a central position in the complex health care system. The Department of Nursing believes nurses trained in both the science of social work and the science of nursing are better equipped to identify the root causes of health outcomes, the social contexts that contribute to these root causes, and how they can be realistically and effectively prevented and/or treated.

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The Department of Nursing offers multidisciplinary graduate education with evidence-based nursing and social work practices aimed at helping students develop the relevant skills needed to become change agents on a local and global scale.

The Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work has developed a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialization. This innovative program is developed and taught by nationally renowned nurse practitioners and designed for registered nurses who work directly with patients in primary care settings.

Program candidates are registered nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing and have at least one year of clinical experience. The 49-unit Family Nurse Practitioner program is offered on a full-time or part-time schedule and delivered online through Nursing@USC.

The program features live, face-to-face classes; issue-based online communities; small class sizes; and a rigorous curriculum that explores the biomedical, psychological, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on health care with evidence-based practice and clinical research. The program’s course work exposes students to pathophysiology and pharmacology, methods that incorporate both quantitative and qualitative data analysis in research, including community-based research, health care technology, innovation, policy and management. Students gain real-world insight into the broad aspects of patient care and advocacy with hands-on clinical placements in their local communities and on-campus intensives.

Students will have the distinctive advantage of enriching their understanding of both biomedical and social determinants and their influence on patient life stages and health outcomes. Graduates will develop skills in health care, communication, teamwork, innovation and leadership to improve the health of individuals, families, communities and society.

Applicants have a unique opportunity to engage and collaborate with like-minded peers across the country in a robust learning environment that fosters personal growth and a national professional network.

Nursing@USC is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and pursuing initial accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.