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USF Health - College Of Nursing. Transforming Health Care, Transforming Lives


Transforming Health Care, Transforming Lives:
Creating the Nursing Leaders of Tomorrow and the Research that Improves Health

The USF Health College of Nursing is leading the state in educating a ready workforce to help meet the growing demands in health care. Coupled with a robust research program, the school is on target for a continuing rise in national rankings, as well as advancing international recognition for shaping the nursing profession.

Research that Improves Health

  • USF College of Nursing is # 1 among the State University System of Florida in National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding.

USF nurse scientists are engaged in leading-edge research initiatives that are advancing science in acute and critical care, bio behavioral mechanisms, big data, cancer prevention and management, caregiver support, chronic illness management, complementary and alternative therapies, digital interventions and virtual support, microbiology, immunology and microbiome, psychoneuroimmunology, sexual and reproductive health, and symptom management.

Among many projects, our researchers are studying the links between the gut microbiome and the brain, the anti-infective and immune factors in human milk, the physiological effects of genes when there are changes in DNA activity, and the use of technology for digital interventions, symptom management and virtual support of patients.

Creating the Nursing Leaders of Tomorrow

  • USF College of Nursing is the # 1 RN-BS nursing program in the State University System of Florida
  • USF College of Nursing is the # 1 graduate nursing program (tied) in the State University System of Florida as ranked by S. News & World Report

Confronted with the projected nurse workforce shortage capable of crippling Florida’s health care system, the USF Health College of Nursing has developed multiple, innovative pathways to prepare thousands of nurses with the knowledge, compassion and leadership required to provide high-quality care to Floridians.

In addition to a strong four-year undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, five additional pathways allow students from non-traditional routes to earn that same degree – online and second degree options for current RNs, a partnership with Hillsborough Community College for a seamless transition to USF, a program for veterans who earn credit for their military training and experience, and an option for students from other USF campuses who are majoring in biology to take the accelerated nursing program on USF’s Tampa campus.

Our graduate certificate program in Advanced Pain Management is one of the few programs in the United States that provides a curriculum devoted to understanding the pathophysiology, transmission, and modulation of pain.

Our PhD in Nursing program prepares our next generation of nurse scientists. Providing a vital link between practice and research, our Ph.D. program trains students to create science that impacts patients, families and communities, potentially impacting millions of lives and improving foundational knowledge for providing the best inpatient care.

Advancing with Innovation

The USF Health College of Nursing is forging ahead with innovative education, research and patient care, attracting and educating the best and brightest students, and recruiting top-tier faculty – all aimed at improving health and creating health care leaders.

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