UCLA Campus    |   UCLA Health Translate:
UCLA School of NursingNursing reimagined. Nursing redefined.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements for Post-Master Certificate Program

All applicants must provide the following:

  1. One set of official transcripts reflecting completion of an accredited graduate program confirming a master's degree in Nursing with a clinical specialization (usually a 3.0 GPA is required).
  2. Verification of current RN licensure. California licensure will be required prior to beginning clinical experiences.
  3. Three recommendation forms attesting to professional, clinical and academic competence.
  4. A Statement of Purpose describing your philosophy of nursing practice, assessment of your potential for post-graduate study in your area of specialty interest, and a clear statement of your goals once the program is completed.
  5. A curriculum vitae or resume summarizing your clinical/professional experiences and accomplishments.
  6. Foreign graduates are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 560 on the written test (220 on the computer test), or complete the International English Language Examination (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 7.
  7. Foreign graduates who are not licensed in the United States must achieve a passing score on both English and nursing sections of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) prior to admission.
  8. Applicants for all specialties except Nursing Administration (Admissions for the Nursing Administration specialty has been suspended for Fall 2013) must have completed an approved upper division Physical Assessment course. Applicants are asked to provide a course syllabus or outline showing content for a course completed previously. Students who have not completed an acceptable course will be required to take N174, Physical Assessment during the summer prior to beginning or in the first year of the program.
  9. Applications for all specialties except Nursing Administration (Admissions for the Nursing Administration specialty has been suspended for Fall 2013) must have completed an approved Human Physiology course within the past five years. Human Physiology is a prerequisite for Nursing 230A. See below.

PLEASE NOTE: Suggestions for a clinical practice site and preceptor are encouraged. An affiliation agreement between UCLA and the agency must be established prior to placement. Bilingual skill in Spanish is a strong advantage for nurse practitioner clinical placements. Recent clinical experience is strongly recommended for nurse practitioner applicants. Interest and willingness to serve in underserved areas in strongly encouraged.

Physical Assessment: A comprehensive physical assessment course providing an in-depth review and synthesis of physical assesssment skills and knowledge covering the life span (4 quarter units or equivalent; Nursing 174 at UCLA). A course syllabus is required upon submission of your application (not required for the Nursing Administration specialty).
Approved Physical Assessment Courses (PDF)

Human Physiology: An upper division or equivalent undergraduate level physiology course that includes human systems physiology through cell physiology with emphasis on membrance properties (4 quarter units or equivalent). This course must have been completed within the last five years. Pathophysiology is not acceptable (not required for the Nursing Administration specialty).
Approved Physiology Courses (PDF)

Students are expected to have basic computer skills prior to admission.


Best Nursing Schools