School of Nursing and Health Professions

California’s First Private University Nursing Program, Founded in 1954

As pioneers in health care education, the University of San Francisco started its Nursing Program in 1954. Graduate programs were offered in the 1980s, and by 2005 the school had launched the very first Master of Science program with a Clinical Nurse Leader focus. Continuing on the heels of academic innovation, the school began offering the first Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in California in 2007. By 2011 the school had expanded, adding a Master of Public Health degree and changing its name to the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

50 Years Later, Still Going Strong

The University of San Francisco Nursing Program continues to provide superior nursing education today, staying true to its vision of preparing professional nurses who provide a moral compass to transform health care in order to promote equity and positively influence quality, delivery, and access to care. With Jesuit values remaining at the heart of the nursing curriculum, the school follows this motto, “Change the world from here.” Throughout the years, the School of Nursing and Health Professions has been able to grow and adapt with the changing landscape of health care at a global as well as local level.

The addition of the nation’s first Master of Science in Nursing focused on Clinical Nurse Leadership (CNL) has put the University of San Francisco at the forefront of health care education. Developed collaboratively by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and leaders from education and practice arenas, the CNL program was created to improve quality of patient care and better prepare nurses to thrive in the health care system. A CNL-focused program is unique in that it empowers nurses to promote organizational improvements to patient care as opposed to focusing solely on individual patient outcomes.

As a trailblazer in the field of Clinical Nurse Leadership, the University of San Francisco is proud to co-sponsor along with the CNL Clinical Nurse Leader Association (CNLA) an annual conference. Since 2008, the University of San Francisco has hosted an annual Clinical Nurse Leader Conference in an effort to share progress of the implementation and growth of this role. Attendees are comprised of former students, managers, educators, and practice partners who come together to share successes, challenges, and outcomes of the Clinical Nurse Leadership model.

Because of enrollment growth in the on-campus program, changes in the health care field, and technology advancements, the school decided to launch an online Nursing Program. Students throughout the nation and around the world can now partake in the same innovative curriculum offered on-site at the University of San Francisco. Two tracks are available to accommodate more nurses who aspire to the CNL position: ADN to MSN and BSN to MSN.

Enrolling in the online MSN program means you can earn an advanced degree even with a demanding work schedule. The online Nursing Program offers a flexible learning environment in which you have the chance to learn how to become a more knowledgeable, compassionate leader in the health care industry.



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