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USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing

Support the USC Department of Nursing

The Department of Nursing within the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work aims to develop a new generation of advanced practice nurses whose scientific foundation and holistic approach to health is augmented by the vision and expertise of social work. 

Adrienne Marks, MSN ’18, Lorena De La Rosa, MSN ’18, and Kartika Budiman, MSN ’18 were the first nursing students to become graduates of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

There is a growing need for advanced practice nurses who have an in-depth understanding of patients’ issues across the lifespan, who can help close the health gap and increase equity in health outcomes and health care access.


The Department of Nursing at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is addressing these needs with its fully CCNE-accredited Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) program. 

Evidence indicates that approximately 80 percent of health issues can be attributed to social issues and conditions.Our nursing students are deeply committed to pursuing an education rich in scientific rigor and ultimately providing the best possible primary care in traditional and non-traditional settings. 

They continue to improve the lives of others and your support allows them to pursue the training they need to do so. 

“We had great training in motivational interviewing, on how to gain trust and also provide therapy to people during a [medical] interview" -  Lorena De La Rosa, MSN ’18. 

By developing a collaborative perspective on improving health outcomes, our nursing students graduate well-equipped to advocate for stronger health policy recommendations that result in health equality. 

“I’ve been kind of star-struck with the program’s faculty, they’re so knowledgeable, passionate and well-known. I’m proud to be able to call them colleagues.” - Kartika Budiman, MSN ’18. 

Your gift supports scholarships that help nurses who will positively impact the health and well-being of individuals and communities for years to come.