University of San Francisco Graduate Program Reviews

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96%
of students recommend
(3.67 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 23 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ABA, + 5 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 10,797 (6,782 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 17% part-time, 83% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $22,460
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

2.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017

Currently a student in the CNL- Master's Entry program. There are pros and cons to this program. The program is very expensive and can be disorganized at times which is stressful given the financial investment students are making. Some of the professors have been great, but there are some that are not very supportive. The biggest con is that the school caters to the BSN students in every aspect.
2.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017

USF has very caring teachers, and the students are helpful and collaborative. That being said it is also very expensive. Sometimes things are a little disorganized, which can be stressful given the significant financial investment we are making. That being said, it's a great program for second career professionals that are looking to switch into nursing as it is two years straight through and they have two program starts each year.
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017

A degree as a Clinical Nurse Leader is fairly new to the nursing profession and USF was the school that pioneered for this role. I am in the Master's Entry program so the courses are very fast-pace, which can be both a pro and con. Don't expect much of a social life if you plan on doing well in this program. The instructors are very knowledgeable and are always helpful during office hours. The quality of education is very high and after finishing a class, I feel every confident and prepared to pass the NCLEX exam. The program has a pre-fixed schedule of courses and an adviser sets up a schedule for you, which I really disliked. If you wish to make any alterations to the pre-fixed schedule, you would have to talk to your adviser.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: Faculty availability Excellent education Cons: Extremely high costs for education
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros: - Applicability of course work to real-world situations - Administrative support - Diversity in the program Cons: - Cost - Non-intuitive navigating of university website
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015

The online program allows me to work full time while earning my MSN.
2.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015

the ME-CNL program at USF is very competitive to gain initial admission. However, after that, it is quite easy to stay in the program so long as you put in a moderate amount of effort. The school and faculty is very supportive and want you to succeed. A major con of the graduate level program is feeling second to the BSNs. The BSN program is ingrained in stone, they have mastered exactly how to churn out successful, productive nurses. The MSN program, on the other hand, has a much more difficult time coordinating basic aspects of school such as clinical sites, skills lab, and general communication. There are some stellar professors, however, they are few and far between. Those few are given a huge class load which renders them unable to allocate the necessary time to each class.
3.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2014

Wonderful school with an excellent faculty that is available and accessible to students.
3.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016

I feel that there are some great pro's to this type of program such as value of the education, accessibility and support provided from the staff and education teams. The only con's I can justify is the cost.
2.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2014

Being part of a small program, you come to know your classmates and faculty very well, contributing to a strong sense of unity and class identity. In the world of nursing, collaboration and communication is everything (aside from basic competencies), and the intimate level of familiarity and forced group work common to this program appropriately imitate the challenges present in a professional collaborative environment. While you come to know all the components and participants of your program on a first name basis, the program begins to feel quite insular from all other aspects of campus, though I doubt this is uncommon amongst most graduate programs. Additionally, the school of nursing and health sciences is likely staffed at a minimum for administration and is very inefficient. With patience and some prodding, everything tends to work out, but not without a few panic attacks along the way. The curriculum heavily stresses advancement of the nursing profession as much as it emphasizes development of clinical competencies, which is both a positive and a negative - it speaks to the overarching goal of developing leaders who are capable or operating far beyond their current skills, but also leaves the student feeling a bit underskilled in the interim. Overall, it's an expensive program in an even more expensive city that is rigorous and can feel disorganized at times, but worth it if you can find the money and can set aside 2 years to push through.
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