University of San Diego
University of San Diego is one of the 138 private 4-year, not-for-profit colleges in California. Its campus is medium in size and located in San Diego. The institution offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.
In the 2017 fall enrollment, 1,210 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 1,089 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 90%).
Every year 82% of students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their respective studies.
University of San Diego's in-state tuition for 2017-2018 academic year was $47,100, and fees were $608. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $47,100 and $608 respectively.
|Campus LocaleLarge City|
|Student to Faculty Ratio14:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation |
|On Campus HousingYes|
Nursing Programs Offered
The University of San Diego Master of Science emphasizes advanced focus in nursing in theory, practice and research.
The faculty of the USD nursing program work to maintain strong research program allowing the school to be awarded the largest research grant in the history of the University. The Nursing Clinical Simulation Laboratory is the only one of its kind in the state of California allowing students to experience expert clinical practice utilizing cutting edge technology.
The program offers seven areas of emphasis Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Dual Adult-Gerontology Nurse, Executive Nurse Leader, Clinical Nurse Leader, Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Practitioner/ Family Nurse Practitioner, Dual Pediatric and Family/Lifespan, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Health Care Informatics.
Three MSN options are also offered in Mind-Body-Spirit Health Care option, the Latino Health Care Option and Nursing Education.
The post BSN DNP program is also offered for Registered Nurses who are interested in preparing for primary care. The program is a 3 year full time program with part time study options available.
The curriculum ranges from 78 semester credits to 91 semester credits depending upon the concentration of study and prior courses taken.
Students who complete the program will be eligible to apply for national board certification.
The School of Nursing and Health Science accepts students to the Master of Science in Nursing Program for enrollment in the both the spring and fall semesters.
The University of San Diego Master of Science in Nursing, program is intended for students who possess a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The curriculum for the MSN program focuses on theory, practice and research.
The MSN program offers a range of options including Health Care Informatics, Executive Nurse Leader, Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Leader, Dual Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner, Dual Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner, Family/Lifespan Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Dual Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner.
The program requires core courses for all specialties designed to prepare students in their area. The program consists of 78-91 semester credits adding up to three years of full time study with part time study options available as necessary. The program is a campus based program with classes offered one or two days a week. Clinical experiences are tailored to the specific needs of the various options.
Students who successfully graduate from the program will be eligible for national board certification.
- Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from an accredited college and university
- Minimum grade point average of 3.0
- Successful completion of basic statistics per-requisite course
- Applicants with professional experience will be preferred
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
|Doctor's degree - research/scholarship||2||20|
|Doctor's degree - professional practice||3||19|
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission|
03/31/1956 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels|
11/02/2009 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels|
03/03/2000 - 02/01/2014
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels|
03/03/2000 - Current
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||1180 to 1350|
|ACT||26 to 30|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Required|
|Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended|
|Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required|
|Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended|
In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$1,625/credit|
|In State Students||$1,625/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,625/credit|
|In District Students||$1,448/credit|
|In State Students||$1,448/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,448/credit|
Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.
|Program||Credit Hours||In district||In State||Out of State|
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 85% of University of San Diego's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||14%||$742|
|State Grant & Scholarships||10%||$8,703|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||83%||$22,489|
|Federal Student Loans||40%||$5,880|
$38,592Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$22,687|
|$30,001 to $48,000$26,523|
|$48,001 to $75,000$27,916|
|$75,001 to $110,000$33,504|
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