Program Overview

​The online MSN degree program from the University of Southern California incorporates evidence-based nursing aimed at helping nurse practitioner students develop comprehensive skills in advanced nursing practice to deliver effective treatment and preventive care to patients and communities. The curriculum also integrates concepts from social work, giving students a strong understanding of social factors related to health. Program topics include, but are not limited to:

  • ​Clinical Management of Adult Patients
  • ​Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Clinical Management of Childbearing/Childrearing Family
  • ​Family Primary Care
  • Health Policy Principles
  • ​Human Behavior in Social Environments
  • Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Research and Analytical Methods
  • ​Research Evidence in Practice

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission    


    • Resume.
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Master of Science in Nursing from an accredited college or university.
    • At least a 3.0 GPA in your BSN program.
    • Completion of a 3-credit course in statistics (with a grade of C or better).
    • Must be a U.S.-licensed registered nurse.
    • One year of clinical experience.
    • Letters of recommendation.
    • Personal statement.

    You will be required to travel to campus for one on-campus intensives (OCIs) with USC faculty.

    School Overview

    Recognized as a leading research facility with global networks, USC supports online learning through USC Online. Students benefit from online flexible degree programs, yet complete the same academic rigor and standards of on-campus degrees.

    More than 80 online degree programs accommodate working professionals and nontraditional students. Degrees include, but are not limited to, fields of study in business, management, psychology, education, dentistry, gerontology, engineering, medicine, social work, and public policy. 

    Students communicate with peers and faculty in real time via online sessions, and faculty work with students to coordinate service learning and internship opportunities in regions near to the student’s residence.

    Online students also have access to USC resources, including financial aid. Master’s programs typically require about two years to complete, while students can complete certificate programs in one year.


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