Academic Programs

High expectations. Warm support. Welcome to USD Nursing.

With a rich heritage of excellence in nursing education, our school blends rigorous academics, state-of-the-art technology and innovative teaching. While these elements are key to achieving your goals, we also believe in a culture of compassion. Our faculty—internationally recognized scholars and clinicians—nurture and support each student, instilling the confidence needed to make a real difference.

The result: our graduates are leaders in their fields, be it clinical, education or research. Because here, a degree earns you more than mere letters after your name. Your degree comes with a reputation and a network that open doors so you can become a change-maker in your community and beyond. 

Whether you’re transitioning from another career into nursing, earning a master’s specialty or pursuing a doctoral degree, we invite you to explore our academic programs. We’re confident you’ll find the one that takes you to the next destination in your nursing journey.

phd students and faculty smiling at camera Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)

Through our holistic approach to scholarship, we prepare you for a career as an independent thinker equipped to impact healthcare knowledge. 

faculty and student in patient room looking at chart Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Build your knowledge and clinical expertise in a chosen area of advanced nursing practice. We offer both the MSN to DNP and the BSN to DNP programs.

student and faculty at patient computer Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The focus of this program: research, theory and practice. Choose among three master’s level specialties, each equipping you to assume significant roles in healthcare.

students listening to faculty lecture in clinical classroom Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN)

Gain the skills, the thinking, the compassion and the drive you’ll need to be the nurse who makes a difference in patients’ lives.

Become a leader in an exciting emerging field that enhances patient care by automating, managing and advancing health information. 

Pursue a certificate program that prepares you for a career in healthcare informatics, or a post-master’s certificate in emergency care for family nurse practitioners.  

Broaden your knowledge, awareness and perspective while using your skills to benefit vulnerable populations around our community and the world.


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Student Spotlight

"I returned to USD School of Nursing, goal directed, and graduated with a strong sense of unity—and with an adopted family and expanded circle of professional connections. My PhD experience at USD will have a soft spot in my heart forever." 

– Dr. Brenda Miller, PhD Graduate, USD School of Nursing