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Nursing@USC — the Master of Science in Nursing program from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work — is preparing a new kind of family nurse practitioner (FNP) who will address both the biomedical and social factors affecting patient health.

Through a first-of-its-kind integration of nursing and social work education, the program trains FNPs to deliver care across the life span in a variety of primary care settings.

Eligible applicants are registered nurses who have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and at least one year of clinical experience.

Nursing@USC’s unique learning experience allows aspiring FNPs across the United States to earn a USC education without relocating.

The program blends face-to-face online classes with in-person learning experiences on USC’s campus and at clinical sites near students’ communities. All classes are designed and taught by USC’s world-class faculty, who are experienced and respected nurse practitioners.

Students have the flexibility of earning their degree either full time or part time within 21 or 33 months.

Nursing@USC prepares FNPs to:

  • Understand how social determinants such as poverty, injustice and broken human relationships can have an impact on health and well-being, and how to incorporate these factors in diagnosis and treatment as well as research and policy. 
  • Appreciate that human relationships are fundamental to well-being, and recognize that diversity and sensitivity to cultural and social differences are central elements in promoting health.
  • Advocate on patients’ behalf while leading broader social change that improves health outcomes for vulnerable groups.

Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the Nursing@USC program features a curriculum grounded in evidence-based practice that explores how social determinants — the conditions in which people live, learn, work and play — affect health and well-being.

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