2019-2020 Catalog 
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2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Clinical Nurse Leader (ADN/RN), MSN

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The RN-MSN accelerated degree program is designed for the registered nurse who holds an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or a Hospital Diploma and has now decided to pursue graduate nursing education. Students do not earn a BSN degree but progress directly to the MSN. The program is comprised of 46 units and is designed to be completed in six semesters.


Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of USF’s MSN program will understand the rationale for care and competently deliver this care to an increasingly complex and diverse population in multiple environments at the point-of-care, across the lifespan with particular emphasis on health promotion and risk reduction services. At the completion of the program, the graduate will:

  • Clinical leadership for patient-care practices and delivery, including the design, coordination, and evaluation of care for individuals, families, groups, and populations;
  • Participation in identification and collection of health care outcomes;
  • Accountability for evaluation and improvement of point-of-care outcomes, including the synthesis of data and other evidence to evaluate and achieve optimal outcomes;
  • Risk anticipation for individuals and cohorts of patients;
  • Lateral integration of care for individuals and cohorts of patients;
  • Design and implementation of evidence-based practice(s);
  • Team leadership, management and collaboration with other health professional team members;
  • Information management or the use of information systems and technologies to improve health care outcomes;
  • Stewardship and leveraging of human, environmental, and material resources;
  • Advocacy for patients, communities, and the health professional team; and,
  • Leadership in delivering competent and safe patient care to individuals and groups in a variety of settings based in liberal arts and the natural sciences.

Major Requirements (46 Units)


500-level coursework must be taken in order listed. 600-level coursework may be taken in any order except where pre-requisites are indicated.
^Courses may be offered online only.

Exemptions: ADNs with a BS or BA do not take NURS 500 and 501 (unless admitted with provisional status).
Pre-requisites: NURS 613, NURS 654, NURS 655, NURS 651/653 have to be taken in the order listed above.
*Co-requisites: NURS 505 and NURS 506 must be taken together. NURS 651 and NURS 653 must be taken together.

Please Note:

400 total practice hours in practica and immersion are required for the program (NURS 506 Community Health Practicum does not count toward total practice hours). Only one (1) theory course may be taken in the final semester with NURS 651/653.


The number of courses taken/semester may be reduced to slow the pace of the program. Reducing courseload may impact progressing with the cohort you were admitted into (where applicable). Contact your Academic Adviser prior to reducing your courseload.


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