Master's of Science in Nursing for Non-Nurses (Entry Level)

Offered In

San Francisco's Main Campus

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Non-Nurse program is designed for students who hold a bachelor's degree in areas of study outside of nursing and are seeking new careers as registered nurses (RN).

The program prepares students for licensure as RNs while integrating graduate-level study that prepares them for positions as clinical nurse leaders (CNLs).

Students complete 68 credits over the course of two years of continuous study on the USF main campus. It’s full time, with classroom instruction three days weekly and clinical practice two days weekly.

The CNL Role

The new Clinical Nurse Leader role prepares nurses as clinical leaders in often complex environments to assist patients in creating an experience of a coordinated approach to care. The CNL role is a pivotal role that allows health care professional teams to be creative in envisioning how other roles will best promote reliable and competent patient care.


The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice 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.