University of Southern California

USC Benefits

Hospital employee education benefits

CNA

Tuition reimbursement

CNA members are entitled to USC's Tuition Assistance, but regular full-time and part-time 1 registered nurses who have completed at least one year of continuous service at USC University Hospital or USC Norris Cancer Hospital are also entitled to tuition reimbursement of up to $2000 (full-time) or $1000 (part-time 1) for job-related college coursework or degree programs offered by recognized, nationally-accredited educational institutions.

Under this program, courses must result in the award of college credits, and coursework must be approved in writing by the department head/director and the HR representative at least 30 days prior to the start of the course. Employees must remain employed throughout the duration of the course to be eligible for reimbursement, and documentation of successful course completion with a minimum grade of "C" or equivalent, and associated receipts, must be submitted within two months of completion to the Education Department. Reimbursement may be used toward tuition, textbooks, and fees (class, enrollment, test, lab).

Paid education time

Registered nurses will receive their base rate of pay for all in-service meetings designated by the university as mandatory.

    After one year of employment at University Hospital or Norris Cancer Hospital, regular full-time and part-time 1 registered nurses will receive their base rate of pay for the following educational activities:

  • Courses required to retain current position (except where required for licensure or renewal)
  • Home study for job-related .edu courses
  • Educational seminars approved in writing by director
  • At University Hospital, up to 18 hours of relevant courses approved in writing by director for full-time nurses; up to 9 hours for part-time 1
  • At Norris Hospital, up to 20 hours of relevant courses approved in writing by director for full-time nurses; up to 10 hours for part-time 1

Travel time to and from such courses will be paid in accordance with federal and state wage and hour laws. Education time is not considered time worked for the purposes of overtime or premium pay.

Specialty training programs

USC will provide specialty training programs at no cost to eligible registered nurses. However, if an RN leaves the employ of University or Norris Hospital within two years of participation, reimbursement of the cost of the program is required.

Preceptor training course

The preceptor training course will continue and opportunities to participate will be posted and not unreasonably denied.