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Univ. of St. Francis - Leach College of Nursing

As a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts, we are a welcoming community of learners challenged by Franciscan values and charism, engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice, and ever mindful of a tradition that emphasizes reverence for creation, compassion and peacemaking. We strive for academic excellence in all programs, preparing women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership.

The University of St. Francis' Leach College of Nursing offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in nursing. Its faculty provides students with the necessary support, practical skills and clinical experiences they need to succeed.

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Face-to-Face - Certificate
Adult
The masters graduate of the Leach College of Nursing is an advanced nurse who functions in a nurse practitioner, nurse educator or nurse administrator role. The advanced nurse assumes a leadership role in the profession and in health care delivery. The graduate incorporates education and research into a practice that is reflective of the dynamic needs of a diverse population. Through the advanced role the graduate becomes instrumental in ensuring health promotion, health maintenance and health restoration for society.


Family Nurse Practitioner The Family Nurse Practitioner track of study is offered completely online and at the universitys Albuquerque, N.M., campus. On-site classes for students at the Albuquerque campus are scheduled at times convenient for students who are working full time or traveling long distances.

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Upon completion of the MSN program, the graduate will have the competencies to: Synthesize theoretical concepts from nursing and related disciplines as a basis for advanced nursing roles Implement an advanced nursing role in the health care delivery system Exemplify leadership roles within the health care system to promote patient-centered care Utilize scientific inquiry to validate and refine nursing knowledge Demonstrate evidence-based practice in advanced roles Provide care for diverse patients, families and communities in a culturally competent manner Engage in interdisciplinary relationships in practice settings
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Online - Graduate Degree
Adult
The masters graduate of the Leach College of Nursing is an advanced nurse who functions in a nurse practitioner, nurse educator or nurse administrator role. The advanced nurse assumes a leadership role in the profession and in health care delivery. The graduate incorporates education and research into a practice that is reflective of the dynamic needs of a diverse population. Through the advanced role the graduate becomes instrumental in ensuring health promotion, health maintenance and health restoration for society. Through scientific inquiry and collaborative relationships the advanced practice nurse continually augments and refines the science of nursing.

An MSN for RNs with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree. Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administrator, and Nursing Educator

Advanced practice licensure
Nurse educators will be able to seek certification for teaching from the National League of Nursing (NLN). This program is made possible through a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advanced Education Nursing Grant # 1 D09HP02744-01-00.

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Online - Graduate Degree
Adult
The Leach College of Nursing has taken another leadership role in advancing evidence-based graduate nursing education, advanced nursing practice and health care delivery. When started in 2009, USFs DNP program was one of only 120 in the nation and the fourth program established in the State of Illinois.

The DNP degree will prepare graduates to provide the most advanced level of health care for populations based on evidence-based scientific, medical and nursing research and practice guidelines.

As a graduate of USFs DNP program, you will be a doctorally-prepared advanced practice or advanced role nurse of the highest caliber, fully prepared to practice in health care settings that serve our must vulnerable citizens, including the poor, elderly, working families, the marginalized and the uninsured. An additional education concentration is available to prepare you to educate tomorrows nurses.

The DNP program is a natural outgrowth of the universitys highly acclaimed graduate nursing programs that have sustained a 100 percent pass rate on certification exams over the past three years. USFs DNP, MSN and BSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The colleges diversity and social justice issues in a global society course is recognized by the trans-cultural nursing society as a program of study leading to certification in trans-cultural nursing.

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Competencies

  • Health & Health Care: Certification & Licensure
  • Health & Health Care: Nursing
  • Health & Health Care: Compliance - Healthcare

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