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Nursing: MSN

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Why study nursing: MSN?

Our MSN program is perfect for nurses looking to provide advanced holistic care as a Family Nurse Practitioner. USF’s reputation for excellence, combined with the program’s high-quality curriculum and hybrid format, offers distinct advantages.

Two Options

  1. The traditional MSN program for nurses with a bachelor’s degree
  2. Our RN-to-MSN Transition Sequence for RNs with associate-level nursing degrees.

Flexibility & Convenience

We take your professional and family obligations into account!

  • Classes on alternate Tuesdays (on campus)
  • All other coursework is completed online
  • Full and part-time options

Teaching Expert & Compassionate Care

The MSN curriculum blends coursework, clinical experience, and USF’s Franciscan values, preparing you to provide holistic, client-centered care. USF nurses are known for their competence and compassion.

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Direct Experience

MSN nursing students complete 600 clinical hours at sites throughout the region:

  • Dekalb Medical Group
  • Franciscan Health Physicians
  • Lutheran Health Physicians
  • Parkview Physician Group

RN-to-MSN Transition Sequence

No BSN? No problem. This 2-semester program prepares associate-degree nurses for the traditional MSN program. The curriculum focuses on baccalaureate-level nursing concepts and is taught in an intensive block format. Classes meet on alternate Tuesdays (in Fort Wayne) and online for your convenience. Upon completion of the Transition Sequence, students begin MSN coursework. In order to take NURS 570/572 in the MSN program, students must have completed 1,000 hours paid RN clinical practice.

Did you Know?

As a RN-MSN Transition student, you are eligible for graduate financial aid.

Prerequisites apply.

If you’re striving to be a great Family Nurse Practitioner, this is the way to go. USF’s standards are the best I’ve seen, and I work as a preceptor for several different MSN programs.

Jodi Strock, RN, MSN ’11
Family Nurse Practitioner

Career Outlook & Success


Employment. Employers love our MSN nurses and hire them upon graduation.


Pass Rate on the AANP certification exam (national average: 77%)


The need for Family Nurse Practitioners is expected to grow 31% by 2026


Average Salary (per U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


The Master of Science in Nursing program 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.

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Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester. Get an idea on what each semester could look like.

View MSN Plan

View Post MSN FNP Certificate Plan

View RN-MSN Transition Plan