The School of Nursing and Health Professions began in the 1940s as a cooperative effort with the Sisters of Mercy in order for registered nurses, from nearby St. Mary's Hospital, to earn their baccalaureate degrees.
The School of Nursing and Health Professions became the first private nursing program in California, established in 1954 and accredited by the National League for Nursing when the first students graduated in 1958. The School has been continuously accredited since that time, receiving its most recent affirmation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in October, 2008 for the full ten years.
The School is committed to advancing the preparation of professional nurses within the Jesuit academic tradition: a strong liberal arts and science foundation coupled with professional knowledge in the discipline of nursing. The curriculum designed for nursing majors at the University of San Francisco is based on a conceptual framework and reflects the philosophy that a professional nurse needs a liberal background for professional development and personal growth. The program prepares men and women for beginning positions in nursing, provides the means for personal and professional advancement, and qualifies them for progression into programs that offer advanced degrees. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the California State Board of Registered Nursing (CABRN); Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) and are eligible for the California Public Health Certificate.