University of San Francisco

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Distinguishing Characteristics

Graduate program(s)
Name: Degree Type:
MSN Clinical Nurse Leader masters
Distinguishing characteristics of online program (as submitted by school)

Ranked in top 50 Best Graduate Nursing Schools in 2011 by US News & World Report. Fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Graduates meet the AACN's master's degree competencies and practice standards and areeligible for certification by the national American Nurses Credentialing Center as Clinical Nurse Leaders. USF was the first private university nursing program in California.

School type Private
Online grad programs CCNE accredited Yes
Online grad programs NLNAC accredited No
Terms Semester

Program Offerings

Online master's in nursing degree programs 1
Concentrations offered
Clinical nurse leadership
More specialized departments/concentrations offered

Course Offerings

Credit-granting courses 19


Instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 5 full-time; 13 part-time
Instructional faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree 80% full-time; 46% part-time
Tenured or tenure-track faculty 3
Average experience teaching online courses 1 year
Program fully finances faculty training Yes
Tech staff supporting faculty 8 full-time

Class Size

Average class size 16
Maximum class size 25

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Yes
Can earn degree entirely abroad N/A
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations No
Group projects/simulations No
Exams No
Classes include campus-based students No
Collaboration among online and campus students No face-to-face students
Students enroll as online students Yes, but can apply to switch course enrollment to campus-based
Credits earned online equal earned on-campus Yes
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus Majority
Same curricula for online and campus students All


One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates


Graduation rates N/A
Most frequent duration of time for new students to graduate N/A
Program target time to graduate N/A
Required time to earn degree 5 years

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