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I loved USF. The focus on education paired with community in a diversity city made for an exhilarating 4 years. Located in one of the best cities in the world and led by the Jesuit order, things seem to fall in place and perfect example of the real world has to offer. Go here, you won't regret it.
The school has changed since I attended, but the part of USF I appreciated the most was the fact that the entire city became our classroom. THe diversity of the student body also played a major role in shaping my college experience. Hving professors who also had careers outside the school, as well - was a big bonus. The spiritual component of the Jesuit education can also not be given enough credit.
University of San Francisco is a great college. I did a professional degree program for working adults. This is a wonderful way to obtain a degree while working full-time. USF provides this program with all the perks typically given to younger students who attend the actual campus by providing us a satellite campus that gives us the feeling of the university's feel and services. Financial Aid works with students to assist them in quick and very helpful ways. The advisor I had was always available to assist me in graduation inquiries as well as personal crisis. The USF family is a great family to be proud I received a degree from.
Some instructors were great. Others not so great. Guest speaker was not helpful but was used twice for cardiac lecture. Did not prepare me well for teh NCLEX.
The education I received at USF greatly enhanced my learning and knowledge of the nursing field. My professors and classmates shared invaluable knowledge and insight into nursing and I found my education at USF to be superb. The program was intense, but with the help of my classmates and faculty, I feel that I was able to gain the tools and skills needed to be an excellent nurse.
My graduate study experience at USF was amazing! The students, faculty, and university community contributed to enhancing my overall well-being as a clinical nurse leader. I am proud to be an alumni from this prestigious university!
My review is pertaining only to the nursing graduate program. I cannot be sure students in other departments within the school had the same experiences as I did. The admissions and management component was disorganized. Clinical sites may change spontaneously or the office is behind on a deadline, causing students to fall behind on paperwork as well. There seems to lack communication between faculty and students. Students are sometimes blindsided by logistics we did not know we had to take care of personally. We assumed the school would take care of something for us, or at least inform us to take care of it; however that was not always the case. Other than that, the teaching staff is fairly knowledgeable and approachable. It is a quick 2 year accelerated masters program, which is great. If that is what you want, and can be patient enough, self sufficient and resourceful, then the office management issues won't be a concern.
The clinical rotations were not arranged far enough in advance and some students were left to fend for themselves for clinicals. I will mention that our program was not the only one to have issues with clinical placements as there are far too many nursing programs in the San Francisco Bay Area and not enough hospitals to accommodate all the students in need of placement.
USF is a beautiful school with an environment conducive to learning. A student has free range to study individually or in groups in all areas on campus at any time of day. The library is top notch. The school of nursing at USF seems to always be struggling. As a student, you will need to be very flexible with change. Some of the professors are amazing. However, there were a few that were actually pretty mediocre. Considering the amount of money tuition is I had expected all professors to be stellar. It is really up to you to make the education what you want it to be.
For anyone who chooses the Masters Entry Option program for nursing, your two years will pass very quickly. You will both love and hate the cohort model it uses. A Facebook group will emerge, cliques will quickly form, and people will get very irritated when you sit in "their seat." On one hand you will at some point get sick of seeing the same 30-something people all day, everyday, for two years. But on the other hand, you will become intimately close to some of these individuals and you will know more about these people than you do your kindergarten best friend. You will attend class in the same two buildings for two years: Cowell Hall and Lone Mountain. You will occasionally trek to the simulation lab where any confidence you once had in your nursing skills will be shattered into a million worst-case-scenario related pieces; months to years later you will find that those lessons are the ones that stick best. Your instructors will come to know you by first and last name, especially if you are one of the 3 males in the class. No matter how feel about group work, you will learn to get along, distribute work, and call out the slackers in a diplomatic and tactful way. You will be able to teach a class on APA-formatting. The words "evidenced based practice/EBP" will come up at least once daily. You will embrace social justice and liberal yet responsible thinking toward the distribution of healthcare resources. You will feel lost for months, until one day, in the middle of clinicals, you will feel as though everything suddenly clicks, and you will confidently hang your fluids, prime the line, and start infusing your meds into your patient. Overall, USF's CNL masters entry program is effective. It really seems to teach "design thinking": why are things done this way? Why not that way? Is this actually functional and achieving the desired outcomes? This is important for optimizing the future of healthcare, and provides tools to analyze problems systematically and troubleshoot clinical issues. The program really focuses on the future, developing leadership skills and expanding the pool of nursing knowledge for the future. This comes at the expense of strong fundamentals and clinical preparation, which can be frustrating for those who seek more bedside expertise. The condensed timeframe during the summer semesters feels insufficient to master the scope of information that is expected (i.e. all of pediatrics), and the program does not allow for any kind of more specialized experience (not a good choice for someone strongly interested in emergency medicine, critical care, pediatrics, maternity). Overall, if you enjoy systems thinking and problem solving beyond the bedside, this is a great program. It will give you the basic clinical skills you need to succeed as a bedside nurse as well, but the bulk of information necessary for patient care will likely be learned during the first year of employment rather than during nursing school.