Joshua Cleary ’23, School of Nursing and Health Professions

Joshua Cleary ’23

Meet Joshua Cleary, a DNP-PMHNP major in the School of Nursing and Health Professions, who is utilizing his time at USF to one day help rural communities by becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner.

Describe your educational experience at USF.

My time at USF has been wonderfully enriching. The professors are extremely accomplished in their fields, but they still take the time to develop a one-on-one relationship with the students. I have learned an incredible amount already, and I cannot wait to see what I learn in the coming semesters. During my first semester, a professor reached out to me about applying for a Health Resources and Services Administration grant. In doing so, I’ve been able to really focus my time here at USF on working on rural health and expanding access to care for vulnerable populations. While the curriculum can be very demanding, I feel it is preparing me to take on the challenge of expanding access to care to those that have previously been left behind.

Why did you choose to attend USF? 

USF really stuck out to me because of its commitment to social justice and driving change. Every university is going to have its buzzwords and marketing slogans, but USF really incorporates the espoused values throughout the curriculum. I also felt strongly that the program would prepare me in the classroom and clinical setting to be a successful nurse practitioner. At the end of the day, I felt like USF was the place where I could grow into being a competent medical provider that is focused on maintaining the health and dignity of all the patients I care for.


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