University of Southern California (USC) Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing

The University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing prepares a graduate Family Nurse Practitioner to treat not only their patient's physical condition, but address the behavioral, social and environmental factors of social work. Students Schools Scholarships

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Nursing and Social Work:  New and Innovative

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has recently sparked an interest in social determinants as the basis for health care decisions in nursing education, research and health policy. At USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing, we have taken that challenge into practice and education.

The collaboration of University of Southern California with 2U Inc. has made it possible to incorporate Nursing@USC, the online Master of Science in Nursing. With 2U Inc., students are able to complete their degrees online and enjoy a true interactive learning experience.

Live class discussions and networking are part of the online learning module. For example, for online live discussions, the student will view online prerecorded content and then are able to make the discussion engaging and interactive. The USC faculty members are the ones who deliver all the content to the students. The focus of these live discussions is to turn a boring lecture into an engaging experience.

This is a brand new program, since 2016, provided by USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing. The focus of online learning is built on evidence-based practice. The goal is to have nurses help patients beyond the physical health. Many times, social workers are needed in situations that affect the health of the individual or family.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is designed to prepare the graduate level nurse to deliver quality care to a multitude of populations: infants, children, adolescents and adults. At USC, the combination of nursing and social work disciplines are offered in the FNP experience thus treating the patient through a different approach to healthcare.


  • Each applicant must hold a bachelor's degree in nursing
  • One year of clinical experience
  • Completion of a 3-credit course in statistics (with a grade of C or better)
  • Must be a U.S.-licensed registered nurse (RN) and reside within the United States upon application and throughout the duration of the program

Clinical Experience

  • Child-bearing patients
  • Pediatric patients
  • Adults with complex conditions
  • Integrated family practice

Frequently Asked Questions

How long are the courses?

Each rotation is 14 weeks long and 14 hours per week (7 hours each time).  Students must complete 784 hours or remain at a placement site until certain competencies are met.

How long will it take to complete the program?

Full time, or 5 semesters, can be completed in 21 months.  Part time or 8 semesters, can be completed in 33 months.

Do I have to come to the campus at all?

Yes, you will be required to travel to campus for the on-campus intensives (OCIs) with USC faculty.

What are on-campus intensives and how many OCIs am I required to attend?

To be a qualified FNP, you must complete on-campus incentives where you will do in-person assessments under the supervision of USC faculty. You are required to attend two OCIs. The first will take place at the end of the first term and the second at the end of the third term.

Will I be able to select where I want to do clinicals in my own community?

We will make every effort to find you a placement that is in or near your community.


Nursing@USC is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The master's degree program in nursing at University of Southern California is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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