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Master of Science in Nursing

Welcome to the Master of Science in Nursing at USF. The steps below will provide you with the information you need to successfully enroll at USF.

Reserve your spot Step 1

To reserve your spot at USF, you must submit a Space Deposit form.

  • Fill out your Space Deposit form:
    You can find your Space Deposit form in your admission packet.
  • Pay the deposit by personal check:
    Enclose a check, payable to USF, and mail it with your Space Deposit form. 

Deadline: Refer to your admission letter for deposit deadline.

Questions?
School of Nursing and Health Professions, Cowell Hall
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-6681, Fax: (415) 422-6877
Email: nursing@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/nursing

USFconnect

Most university business is handled online, so you will need to set up your USFconnect account as soon as possible. You must be able to log into your USFconnect account in order to view and accept financial aid, pay your bill, register for courses, check your email, and many other functions. Follow these steps to get started:

1. Go to USFconnect.
2. Click on the "Change or Reset Your Password" link.
3. Click on the "Reset Your Password" link.
You will need to enter your USF ID number in order to reset your password. You can find your USF ID on your acceptance letter.

If you need assistance with logging into your USFconnect account or resetting your password, contact ITS at (415) 422-6668 or by email at itshelp@usfca.edu.

Confirm Financial Aid Step 2

 

The first step in applying for financial aid is to file the FAFSA. This is a U.S. Department of Education form that provides data to university financial aid offices in order to process federal student loans and other awards. Student loans are available for new graduate students all year round. The earlier you complete the FAFSA form, the sooner the Financial Aid Office will be able to create an award package for you. For more information, visit the Apply for Aid page.

 

After receipt of your FAFSA application, the Financial Aid Office will determine your aid eligibility and send you a financial aid notice. Upon receiving your notice, you must log in to accept or decline the aid offered to you.

  • Go to the Financial Aid section of USFconnect:
    Log into USFconnect, click on the Student tab, and then click on the Click Here button in the Student Self Service section. Once in Student Self Service, click on the Student tab, and then click on the Financial Aid menu.
  • Check the status of your aid:
    Click on the Financial Aid Status link. If you have any outstanding requirements, you must complete them before your aid can be confirmed.
  • Accept or decline your aid:
    Click on the Award link, then follow the link to accept or decline your award offers. You will not receive your aid unless you go online to accept it.

Deadline: You must accept your aid within 30 days of receipt of your award letter.

For more information, browse through the School of Nursing and Health Professions' Funding Resource Guide (PDF).

 

Questions?
One Stop Office, Lone Mountain, Room 251
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-2020, Fax: (415) 422-6084
Email: onestop@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/onestop

Visit USF's Financial Aid TV: usfca.financialaidtv.com.

Set Up Your Student Account Step 3

Before you register for classes, you should plan how you will pay your semester bill, including tuition, fees, and room and board.

  • Go to ebill & epay:
    Log into USFconnect. Click on the Student tab, and then click on the ebill & epay link on the left. This is where you can view your bill, make payment, and more. Remember, you will not receive a paper bill, so you must log into ebill & epay to view your account.
  • Choose your method of payment:
    You may pay your tuition using online e-check, personal checks, bank wires, or by signing up for the payment plan. Go to www.usfca.edu/payment for more information.
  • Set up an authorized payer:
    Authorized payers are spouses, employers, etc., who can view bills and make payments online. To set up an authorized payer, go to ebill & epay, located in the Student tab of USFconnect, and click on the Authorized Payers link from the menu on the left. Authorized payers can go to www.usfca.edu/authorizedpayer for more information.
  • Be aware of semester payment deadlines:
    Fall: August 1
    Intersession: January 2
    Spring: January 2
    Summer: May 1

If you register for classes after the payment due date for the semester, you must be prepared to pay the balance due at the time of registration, or you must enroll in the payment plan. Go to www.usfca.edu/tuition for complete information about the University's tuition and payment policies.

Questions?
One Stop Office, Lone Mountain, Room 251
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-2020, Fax: (415) 422-6084
Email: onestop@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/onestop

Register for Classes Step 4

It is important to be aware of the procedures and deadlines for registration in your program.

It is important to know the last day to drop classes in case you have to withdraw unexpectedly. To find out the last day to drop a class with a full refund, check the Schedule of Classes at www.usfca.edu/schedules.

Questions?
School of Nursing and Health Professions, Cowell Hall
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-6681, Fax: (415) 422-6877
Email: nursing@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/nursing

New Student Orientation Step 5

Get acquainted with the campus, your faculty, and your new classmates through a variety of events. Orientation is the opportunity to develop connections that will shape your time at USF and last a lifetime.

  • Fall 2012 Orientation:
    • USF 4 Cohort: Orientation will be held on Wednesday, August 15th, from 4 pm - 6 pm in Cowell Hall, Room 212.
    • North Bay 3 Cohort: Orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 14th, from 4 pm - 6 pm at the Santa Rosa campus. 
  • Academic Advising:
    • USF 4 Cohort: Your academic advisor is Dr. Mary Seed (seed@usfca.edu). You will have the opportunity to meet your advisor and ask questions regarding our academic program at orientation.
    • North Bay 3 Cohort: Your academic advisor is Dr. Mary Seed (seed@usfca.edu). You will have the opportunity to meet your advisor and ask questions regarding our academic program at orientation.
    • Students are required to meet with their advisor once per semester prior to the registration period in order to discuss their progress and have their advising holds cleared. Most advisors will hold group advising sessions, but students can also arrange individual advising sessions with their advisor for one-on-one assistance. 
  • Final Transcripts:
    Request a copy of your previous schools' transcripts showing final grades (for any prerequisite courses that may be in progress) to be sent to:

    Graduate Admissions
    University of San Francisco
    2130 Fulton Street
    San Francisco, CA 94117

    We would like to have your final transcript before classes start, but let us know if you will not have final grades by that date.
  • Pre-Assessment Survey:

Please use the following assessment tool to self-assess your skills in the areas of writing, research, technology, and math. We will discuss remediation options at that time so that each person can plan ahead. Some of the skills listed in the assessment will be covered during the program, so this exercise is more focused on identifying weaknesses than about beginning remediation at this time.
Click here to enter the self-assessment tool.

Questions?
School of Nursing and Health Professions, Cowell Hall
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-6681, Fax: (415) 422-6877
Email: nursing@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/nursing

Health Insurance Step 6

To protect your health and wellness, students are encouraged to sign up for USF-sponsored health insurance.

  • Off-Campus Students:
    Graduate students living off-campus and registered for 6 credit hours or more are eligible to purchase the University-sponsored health insurance.
  • On-Campus Students:
    Graduate students residing in University-operated housing must purchase the USF-sponsored health insurance or apply for a waiver.
  • International Students:
    All international students registered for at least 1 credit hour or more will be automatically enrolled in and charged for the USF-Sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan.

For more information, visit the Health Insurance website.

Questions?
Health Promotion Services, UC Fifth Floor
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-5797, Fax: (888) 471-2290
Email: hps@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/hps

Proof of Immunization Step 7

To protect the health of all USF community members, USF encourages all students to be immunized.

 

University Requirements:

If you fall into either of the two categories below, you will have additional health requirements to fulfill for the University.

  • On-Campus Students:
    Graduate students born on or after January 1, 1957, who are living in USF-operated housing must submit evidence of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) immunization.
  • International Students:
    International students must submit:
    1. Evidence of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) immunization.
    2. Proof of Tuberculosis PPD (Montaoux) test administered in the last 12 months.
    3. Students with positive PPD are required to submit a chest x-ray administered within the last 12 months.

The above requirements must be submitted to Health Promotion Services. Download the USF Immunization Form and have it completed by a licensed medical professional. Mail, email, or fax the form to Health Promotion Services (HPS).

Deadline: September 1 for students admitted to Fall and Summer terms. February 1 for students admitted to the Spring term. If you do not submit your immunization form by the deadline, you will be charged a $100 late fee.

School of Nursing Requirements:

ADN-MSN Students Only:

  • ADN-MSN students have health requirements for clinical sites.
  • Students entering their first clinical rotation must show proof of complete immunizations and positive titers. They must be cleared by the School of Nursing prior to entering the clinical setting. Immunizations and expiration dates cannot expire during the semester or the student will not be cleared.
  • For details on the requirements, download Explanation of Immunizations and Requirements (PDF).

Deadline: All School of Nursing health requirements should be completed by July 15, 2012. Documents will be scanned into AdvisorTrac for review. More information will be given during the Orientation.


 

 

Questions?
Health Promotion Services, UC Fifth Floor
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-5797, Fax: (888) 471-2290
Email: hps@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/hps

School of Nursing and Health Professions, Cowell Hall
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-6681, Fax: (415) 422-6877
Email: nursing@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/nursing

One Card Step 8

All USF students are issued a university photo ID called a One Card. Your USF One Card grants you access to on-campus resources, including your residence hall, classroom buildings, Don Dollars accounts, Gleeson Library, Koret Health and Recreation Center, and more.

  • Smile for the camera:
    Have someone take a picture of you. You should be facing the camera with your head and shoulders visible. Save the picture as a .jpg or .jpeg file.
  • Log onto I.D. Express:
    I.D. Express will allow you to pre-order your USF One Card so that it is ready for you to pick up on orientation day. To get started, go to www.usfca.edu/onecard/fall.
  • Raffle:
    Students who participate in I.D. Express will be automatically entered into a raffle to receive $50 in Don Dollars, which can be used on-campus at the bookstore, dining locations, vending machines, and more.
  • Clinical ID:
    Before you enter clinicals, you will need an additional USF card that identifies you as a nursing student. This ID card is different from the regular student ID card. It clearly displays your name and classification (e.g. Nursing Student, Graduate Student, etc.). During your first semester, pick up an authorization form from Cowell 100 to take up to the One Card Office. The One Card Office will not issue you a Clinical ID unless you present the authorization form to them.

Questions?
One Card and Campus Security Systems, Lone Mountain, Room 130
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-7663, Fax: (415) 422-6664
Email: onecard@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/onecard

Housing Options Step 9

For graduate students who move to San Francisco, you will need to make your own housing arrangements. Graduate students have two housing options:

  • Off-Campus Housing:
    The majority of USF graduate students choose to live in apartments off-campus (not operated by the university). Some graduate programs offer assistance in connecting students who want to search for an apartment together. USF's Off-Campus Housing website provides tools for searching for housing, information on SF neighborhoods, worksheets for creating a budget, and more. Go to the Off-Campus Housing site to get started now.
  • On-Campus Housing:
    USF also offers a limited number of graduate student housing units in university-operated apartments in Loyola Village and rooms in Pedro Arrupe Hall. To apply for housing at USF, log into USFconnect, click on the Student tab, and then scroll to the bottom of the page. Click on the USFrooms link on the lower left. As part of your application in USFrooms, you will need to submit a $300 non-refundable housing pre-payment.

Questions?
Office of Residence Life, UC Fifth Floor
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-6824, Fax: (415) 422-2480
Email: share@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/residence_life

Know Your Rights and Responsibilities Step 10

The Family Educational Right and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records

  • Privacy of Records:
    Under federal law, students' records (including grades, GPA, class schedule, and more) cannot be disclosed to any third-party, even parents or spouses, without the written authorization of the student (some exceptions apply). To learn more about your FERPA rights, go to www.usfca.edu/onestop/privacy.
  • Student Consent to Release Information:
    Students who wish to allow a third-party (parents, siblings, etc.) to view their education records must submit a form authorizing the access. Access can be granted to academic records, tuition and billing records, and/or financial aid records. Go to www.usfca.edu/onestop/forms for instructions on how to submit the form.
  • What if I don't submit the Student Consent to Release form?
    If you do not authorize your someone to have access to your records, USF will not disclose any information to them. This means that your spouse or parents will not be able to call USF to find out information about your financial aid or balance even if they are helping you pay your tuition.

Questions?
One Stop Office, Lone Mountain, Room 251
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-2020, Fax: (415) 422-6084
Email: onestop@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/onestop

Additional Resources Step 11

Below are some additional resources that should help you transition to USF.

CNL Role:

To find out more about the CNL role, use the following resources:

MUNI Passes:

Discounted MUNI passes will be available for purchase in Fall and Spring semesters. They may be purchased online each semester before classes begin.

MUNI is the name of the city San Francisco's public transportation system. The bus pass is valid for unlimited rides on San Francisco's buses, streetcars, cable cars, and the MUNI subway. To learn more about planning your commute via MUNI, please visit 511 Trip Planner.

Preparation for Clinicals

Download Preparation for Clinical (PDF) for more information on equipment, dress code, and more.

Questions?
School of Nursing and Health Professions, Cowell Hall
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-6681, Fax: (415) 422-6877
Email: nursing@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/nursing