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Nursing: BSN

USF professor teaching BSN students in the sim lab.

Why get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing?

We know nursing. For more than 30 years, USF has been preparing nurses to lead, serve, and succeed in the ever-evolving healthcare arena.

Today, the University of Saint Francis is synonymous with excellence in nursing education. Our graduates work as clinicians, administrators, and leaders throughout the state and region. BSN students are highly sought for employment and many have jobs at the time of graduation.

Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester.

A Relevant & Rigorous Curriculum

When a resume from a USF graduate comes in, it goes to the top of the pile. USF nurses stand apart not only for their clinical skills, but for the deep level of care they bring to the work.

Dr. Erin LaCross, MSN ’09
Vice President of Nursing Services
Parkview Hospital

Our 4-year B.S. in nursing curriculum blends a strong liberal arts foundation with outstanding clinical education and experience. USF nursing students complete more than 900 hours of clinical experience — supervised by an on-site faculty member. Upon completion of the program, you’ll be eligible and prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for Registered Nurses.

Teaching Compassionate Care

USF graduates are recognized for their commitment to compassionate care — a hallmark of our program.

Graduate, Chandler Stevens, practicing in the sim lab.

High Tech + High Touch Learning

Your learning will move out of the classroom and into the real world in degrees. You’ll build your confidence working in our high-tech labs before moving on to clinical agency experiences:

  • Simulation Lab: high-fidelity patient simulators (infant, child, & adult patients) with realistic human physiology, providing students a safe environment to learn patient care
  • Nursing Resource Center: patient units, exam rooms, and mid-fidelity patient simulators

At the start of my senior year, I already had a nursing job lined up at Lutheran Pediatric Hospital for when I graduate.
Chandler Stevens, ’18

BSN students learning from the nursing faculty.

The Ultimate Real-World Experience

USF partners with Parkview Health and the Lutheran Health Network. Students develop skills in acute and chronic care clinical rotations at the following sites:

  • Parkview Regional Medical Center
  • Parkview Behavioral Health
  • Dupont Hospital
  • St. Joseph Hospital
  • Saint Anne’s Communities
  • Lutheran Life Villages
  • Park Center Behavioral Health and more

Our nursing students practice community nursing at the following locations:

  • East Allen Community Schools
  • Neighborhood Health Clinic
  • Matthew 25 Heath and Dental clinic
  • Fort Wayne Community Schools
  • Charis House
  • Heartland Home Health and Hospice
  • Allen County Jail
  • Allen County Board of Health, and more

Career Outlook & Success


Of our graduates are hired into nursing positions within a year!


NCLEX-RN Pass Rate (5 year average)


Expected job growth for RNs between 2016-2026


Starting salary in Indiana

Learn from Expert Faculty

You’ll benefit from studying with USF’s nursing faculty — they are teachers, mentors, and healthcare professionals. Nursing faculty maintain a clinical practice, meaning they bring real-world experience and the latest in nursing skills to the classroom.


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at USF is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Our Mission

Rooted in Franciscan Values, faculty engage a diverse community of learners to serve society holistically as compassionate, professional nurse leaders.

The professors are amazing – I can’t say enough good about them! I honestly feel like the nursing faculty are there to help facilitate our dreams.

Ashley Gerber ‘20
Nursing major

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Program Director

Jennifer Richard
260-399-7700, ext. 8530