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The UCLA School of Nursing is a significant force in developing nurse leaders to inspire individuals across the lifespan to achieve health, wellness, and quality of life.


The UCLA School of Nursing prepares nurses and scholars to lead and transform nursing care in a rapidly changing, diverse and complex healthcare environment through academic excellence, innovative research, superior clinical practice, strong community partnerships, and global initiatives. 

About the School

The distinguished, nationally-recognized faculty of the UCLA School of Nursing have earned reputations for uncompromised excellence in research, teaching, clinical practice and public service. The School embraces diversity and is committed to attracting and supporting the best and the brightest students, faculty and staff.  Innovative academic programs ensure that nurses are educated to assume leadership roles and to respond to the healthcare needs of diverse populations.  The School aspires to lead the field in the use of pioneering instructional technology, clinical laboratories, and communication and evaluation systems to optimize acquisition of knowledge and skills, from basic to advanced practice.  The faculty collaborates with accomplished leaders and clinicians in the mentorship of students nationally and internationally in their professional development.

The outstanding faculty, administration, and staff collaborate to establish a culture of academic excellence and ensure that every student is able to access resources and navigate systems to be successful in her/his educational endeavors and professional development.  Students of exceptional promise with superior performance are encouraged to pursue advanced studies. 

About the Programs

The BS program prepares students to become Registered Nurses (RNs) who can provide quality care in complex healthcare systems and environments.  The preparation provides a foundation for advanced study.  The Masters of Science in Nursing includes a pathway for pre-licensure students with degrees in other disciplines (Masters Entry into Clinical Nursing) to become RNs and to provide clinical leadership.  The Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) program is for post-licensure RNs who wish to practice as Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Practitioners or Nurse Administrators to promote health, address the complex healthcare needs of diverse patient populations, and manage complexity, quality and safety in a variety of healthcare organizations. The PhD program prepares beginning nurse scholars to conduct original research, generate new knowledge and build the scientific basis for practice.  Doctoral students may enter the program after completion of either a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science program in Nursing.  Students are expected to engage in faculty research, participate in the education programs and develop as scholars.  Doctoral graduates serve as leaders who educate, influence practice, advance science, optimize healthcare delivery and influence healthcare policy worldwide. 

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