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Nursing@USC, the Online Master of Science in Nursing for Aspiring FNPs2019-07-26T17:01:56+00:00

Nursing@USC, the Online Master of Science in Nursing for Aspiring FNPs


Do you want to influence health outcomes as a family nurse practitioner (FNP)? In as few as 21 months, you can earn your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) online from Nursing@USC, the MSN program offered by the Department of Nursing at the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

Nursing@USC is an evidence-based program that prepares family nurse practitioners to provide comprehensive care to individuals and communities.

The online FNP program prepares students to:

  • Understand how social determinants such as poverty and injustice impact health and how to incorporate these factors into 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

Nursing@USC trains FNPs to deliver care across the life span in a variety of primary care settings. Eligible applicants are registered nurses (RNs) who have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and at least one year of clinical experience.

Total Credits 49 credit hours
Full-Time/Part-Time Both
Time to Complete
  • Full-time: 21 months
  • Part-time: 33 months
On-Campus Component? Two (2) on-campus immersion
Clinical Hours 784
GRE Required? GRE is not required, although it may strengthen your application

The Online FNP Curriculum

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. 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.

USC FNP sample full-time course schedule

​Term ​Courses
Term 1
  • NURS 501 – Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice (4)
  • NURS 502 – Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (4) *
  • NURS 503 – Theory: Clinical Management of Adult Patients (3)
Term 2
  • NURS 504 – Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing (3)
  • NURS 505 – Clinical Practicum: Management of Adult Patients (3)
  • NURS 507 – Theory: Clinical Management of the Childbearing/Childrearing Family (3)
Term 3
  • SOWK 506 – Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3)
  • NURS 600 – Theory: Clinical Management of Adults Patients with Complex Medical Issues (3) **
  • NURS 601 – Clinical Practicum: Management of the Childbearing/Childrearing Family (3)
  • NURS 602 – Research/Analytical Methods (3)
Term 4
  • NURS 603 – Transforming Research Evidence into Practice
  • NURS 604 – Clinical Practicum: Management of Adults Patients with Complex Medical Issues (3)
  • NURS 605 – Professional Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
Term 5
  • NURS 606 – Health Policy Principles in Changing Health Care Contexts (2)
  • SOWK TBD – Elective (3)
  • NURS 607 – Theory: Family Primary Care (2)
  • NURS 608 – Clinical Practicum: Family Primary Care (3)

* = On-campus intensive #1

** = On-campus intensive #2

Admissions Overview

In order to be considered for admission to the online Family Nurse Practitioner program, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have the following:

  • One year of clinical experience
  • U.S. registered nurse (RN) license
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from an accredited college or university
  • At least a 3.0 GPA in your BSN coursework
  • Completion of a three-credit course in statistics with a grade of “C” or better

If you meet the above eligibility requirements, you will need to provide the following in order to be considered for admission:

  • Current resume
  • Sealed official academic transcripts from all postsecondary institutions
  • Personal statement (one to two pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL score (if your native language is not English

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