Why Study Nursing?

Serving and caring for others as a nurse can be deeply enriching. If you want to work hard to make the world a better, healthier place, consider a degree in Nursing.

USF students get practical, clinical experience very early in their education. Our campus has state-of-the-art nursing facilities and small classes, so you get individual attention from professors who help you master the skills you’ll need to start your career.

All Study Levels Covered


  • LPN-ASN: This program is specifically designed for professionals who already work as an LPN. It will increase your nursing knowledge and skills, and increase employment opportunities!
  • ASN: Get working quicker. Classes and clinical experiences focus on direct-patient care.


  • USF’s BSN program teaches you patient care skills, with an additional emphasis on bedside care. You’ll complete three full years of clinical rotations, with the opportunity to personalize through medical, surgical, mental health, maternal, or pediatric nursing.
  • 3-year BSN Honors program available for high school students.


  • Family Nurse Practitioner: Learn holistic, comprehensive nursing care. You can work while you study, because our courses are offered in a flexible, online/hybrid format.
  • RN-MSN: This program is specifically for nurses with a two-year degree. Some employers have started requiring their ASN nurses to get advanced education.


  • Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing: If you have already earned a Master of Science in Nursing, in two years you can earn a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a focus on Population Health. The University of Saint Francis had a proven record of hybrid learning in the graduate studies.

But, is it right for me?

We asked our professors and they said nurses:

  • Have compassion to care for others
  • Communicate well with others to help people understand complex information
  • Are organized and able to work with multiple patients
  • Possess physical stamina – nurses work really hard

Skills You'll Obtain

Provide comprehensive, patient-centered nursing care

Operate and monitor medical equipment

Record patients’ medical histories and symptoms

Our graduates are highly sought after by employers and are held in highest esteem for skills, application of evidence based practice, and caring and compassion unparalleled by other programs.  USF Nursing graduates take initiative and are leaders who meet the challenges of a complex and evolving healthcare delivery system.Dr. Dave Johnson, Professor

Gain real-life experience through simulated learning

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at the University of Saint Francis is a four-year curriculum that provides students with significant real-life experience through simulated learning in the high-fidelity simulation lab and hands-on patient care in clinical facilities. The program has a well-known reputation, and graduates of the program are highly sought after by community health care facilities. Students and instructors share about the experience and value offered by USF’s BSN program.

After Graduation

The University of Saint Francis has a reputation for excellent nursing graduates. Healthcare providers in the region know they can trust the quality of a USF degree. Resumes with USF across the top get noticed. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

We have alumni working at:

  • Lutheran Health Network
  • Parkview Health
  • Community Health Care Providers
  • Home Health Care Agencies
  • Nursing Homes
  • Physician Offices