University of South Florida College of Nursing

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University of South Florida
College of Nursing
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DeanVictoria L. Rich, PhD, RN, FAAN
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ColorsGreen and Gold         
MascotRocky D. Bull


The USF College of Nursing began in 1973 by enrolling its charter class into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The College has grown steadily with the profession, adding a Master of Science in Nursing program in 1980, a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in 1997, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in 2005.

The Bachelor Program has expanded beyond traditional students, to include an accelerated 2nd bachelor sequence and a new program where Registered Nurses may complete a bachelor's degree in patient and staff education, leadership and management, or clinical excellence.

In the Master’s Program, students may choose from concentrations in Nurse Anesthesia, Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Education, and six Nurse Practitioner sub-specialties. Graduate certificates are available in many of these concentrations as well.

The USF College of Nursing has two doctoral programs (traditional PhD and the Doctor of Nursing Practice - DNP). A PhD Program that prepares nurse scientists who conduct research, scholarly and faculty activities at research intensive universities, and are leaders in the profession. USF has the first DNP program approved by the Florida Board of Governors, and it has grown to provide advanced practice residency opportunities in primary care as well as Signature Residencies in high demand clinical specialties such as: Brain/Spinal Cord Injury and Rehabilitation, Cardiology, Cognitive Impairment, Dermatology, Endocrinology and Metabolic Disease, Gerontology/Aging, Nurse Anesthesia, Oncology, Orthopedics, Polytrauma, and Psych/Mental Health.

Teaching Affiliates[edit]

Hospitals affiliating with the college include but are not limited to: Tampa General Hospital, Florida Hospital Tampa, St. Joseph's Hospital, Bayfront Medical Center, All Children's Hospital, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Morton Plant Hospital, Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, South Florida Baptist Hospital, and Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Additionally, the USF College of Nursing maintains over 350 healthcare affiliations throughout Florida to provide clinical experiences at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels.


The University of South Florida College of Nursing has joined the ranks of the top 25 nursing schools nationwide receiving National Institutes of Health research funding. There are more than 600 colleges of nursing nationwide. [Story at]

USF Health[edit]

It is the partnership of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the College of Public Health, the College of Pharmacy, the School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences; and the USF Physician’s Group. The University of South Florida is a global research university ranked 34th in federal research expenditures for public universities.