Master's Entry - Master of Science in Nursing (ME-MSN)

The University of San Francisco offers a Master's Entry - Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree in a field outside of nursing.

The Master's Entry MSN option prepares students for licensure as RNs while integrating graduate-level curriculum that prepares them for nurse-leader positions. Students complete 68 credits over the course of two (2) years of full-time continuous study at USF’s Main campus in San Francisco or in Orange County, with classroom instruction three (3) days weekly and clinical practice two (2) days weekly.

The USF Advantage

The Master’s Entry Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in areas of study outside of nursing and are seeking a new career as a registered nurse (RN).


  • Improve patient care and safety, clinical outcomes, and unit efficiency.
  • Reduce cost and improve standards of care with the use of evidence-based
  • Advocate and enhance promotion for patients, communities, and health
    professional teams
  • Design, coordinate, and evaluate care for a diverse population of patients, families, and communities
  • Provide services at the point of care to individuals across the lifespan with particular emphasis on health promotion and risk reduction
  • Synthesize data, information, and knowledge to evaluate and achieve optimal outcomes
  • Ensure inclusive care planning for patients and families


    • Full-time, two year program
    • Classes are offered spring, summer, and fall semesters
    • 68 units
    • National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) taken during fifth semester
    • Complete more than 1,000 clinical and internship hours in hospitals and other health care settings


  • Completion of any baccalaureate degree or higher, plus 16 semester or 24 quarter credits of natural, behavioral, and/or social sciences (including Human Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, and Psychology)
  • 6 semester or 9 quarter credits of Communication
  • 1 Statistics course


  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Laguna Honda Hospital
  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
  • Oakland Children’s Hospital
  • California Pacific Medical Center
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • La Clínica de la Raza


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master's degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

It is also approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing. Students who graduate from the program are also eligible to receive the California Public Health Nursing Certificate.

State Authorization

Please check our State Authorization Status List for the states and territories from which we can enroll students in specific online degree programs.