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

Clinical Nurse Leader (MEO), MSN

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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.


Note: prerequisite exceptions are reviewed on an individual basis

  • Human Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology: Must be completed within the last 7 years
    Lecture and lab required; labs must be completed in person
    Minimum of 4 units each
  • 1 Psychology course
  • 1 Statistics course
  • 16 semester or 24 quarter units of Natural, behavioral, and/or social sciences
    This total includes Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, and Psychology.
  • 6 semester or 9 quarter units of communication
    Must include an English compositions course. The remaining units can be made up of either another writing course or a communication course
  • International Students: For those students seeking an F1 visa, please note that in order to receive your I-20, you must complete all admission requirements. USF is not able to issue an I-20 to a prospective student before they have met all criteria for full-admission. If you need an I-20 to apply for an F-1 visa, you will want to plan ahead and make sure you can get your I-20 and visa in time to attend the program.
  • Please note that we are not accepting international applications for our Orange County campus at this time.

Major Requirements (68)

Curriculum Pattern - Masters Entry - Masters of Science in Nursing Program


NURS601 Introductory Pathophysiology & Pharmacology - 3 credits
NURS602* Principles of Epidemiology - 3 credits
NURS613* Intro to Nurse Leader Role - 1 credit
NURS622 Health Assessment - 2 credits
NURS624 Fundamentals of Nursing: Learning and Reasoning - 2 credits
NURS661 Applied Assessment & Fundamentals Clinical Lab. - 4 credits

Semester 1 total: 15 credits


NURS610 Health Promotion of Families & Individuals - 4 credits
NURS637 Pediatric Nursing - 2 credits
NURS638 Pediatric Nursing - Clinical Lab - 2 credits
NURS662 Childbearing Families Clinical Lab - 2 credits
NURS664* Advanced Pathophysiology & Pharmacology - 3 credits

Semester 2 Total: 13 credits


NURS614* Healthcare System Leadership - 3 credits
NURS618 Medical-Surgical Nursing I - 3 credits
NURS619 Medical-Surgical Nursing I - Clinical Lab - 3 credits
NURS628* Clinical Outcomes Manager Practicum- 1 credit
NURS634* Nursing Research 3 credits

Semester 3 Total: 13 credits


NURS615* Educator Role - 1 credit
NURS629* Financial Resource Management - 3 credits
NURS635 Medical-Surgical Nursing II - 3 credits 
NURS636 Medical-Surgical Nursing II - Clinical Lab - 3 credits
NURS640* Healthcare Informatics - 2 credits

Semester 4 Total: 12 credits


NURS644 Clinical Leadership in Mental Health & Community-based Practice - 3 credits
NURS645* Integration and Evaluation of the Clinical Leadership Role - 1 credit
NURS646 Clinical lab IV: Community & Mental Health - 4 credits

Semester 5 Total: 8 credits


NURS648* Healthcare Policy & Ethics -3 credits
NURS651 Nurse Leader Roles Synthesis - 2 credits
NURS653 Internship 2 credits

Semester 6 Total: 7 credits

Total Nursing credits: 68 total credits

*Not considered pre­-licensure courses

**Students are encouraged but not required to take the NCELX at the end of Semester 5.

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