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General

Advising

The School of Nursing gives direction and provides information to interested potential applicants to the B.S., M.S.N., Ph.D. and Post Master's programs through admissions information sessions. The admissions information sessions are presented in a group format with a number of scheduled speakers. We encourage participants to arrive prior to the beginning of the session. Refer to the program of interest and click on the Admissions Information Sessions link.

On acceptance to the school, most students are assigned a faculty adviser to aid in planning their total program. Students are encouraged to meet with their adviser each term to evaluate progress, to identify academic and personal needs and match them with available school and University resources, to confirm University and course requirements, and to maximize the student's abilities to reach educational and professional goals. Freshman and sophomore students in the Generic BS program will meet with the Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator to plan their program of study. Upon entering their junior year, Generic BS students will be assigned to a faculty advisor.

Child Care

UCLA Child Care Services offers options to assist B.S., M.S.N. and Ph.D. students who will need to find quality child care. For information on child care options for UCLA students in academic programs, go to: http://www.childcare.ucla.edu 

Commencement - B.S., M.S.N. & Ph.D. Programs

Commencement 2014 for the UCLA School of Nursing will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. in Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. Seating in Royce Hall will be by ticket only. Tickets will be distributed to students in June. All students completing the degree-conferring programs, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Philosophy during the 2013-2014 academic year are encouraged to participate. Students who are scheduled to graduate will receive a Commencement Packet during the Winter Quarter.

Additional information is available at the following sites:

Campus Commencement - Schedule of Commencement Events
Graduation Etc. - Graduation Portraits, Announcements, Rings and Regalia
Campus Map - Event locations and nearby parking
Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau - Locate Accommodations and Restaurants

Computer Literacy

Use of a computer is an important skill that professional nurses require for accessing information. School of Nursing students should be familiar with basic computer operations and have a working knowledge of Windows. During the course of their studies within the school, students will be expected to use email, an Internet Browser, word processing and computer presentation programs. Students needing to increase their computer skills should enroll in classes at the community college or take commercial training courses before attending UCLA. 

Facilities

The UCLA School of Nursing is housed in the Louis and Doris Factor Health Sciences Building on the south end of campus in the 35-acre Center for the Health Sciences. The Center for the Health Sciences houses the Schools of Nursing, Dentistry, Public Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine, along with the UCLA Medical Center, Mattel Children's Hospital, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Jules and Doris Stein Eye Institiute, Doris Stein Eye Research Center, Reed Neurological Research Center and the Louise Darling Biomedical Library.

The Louise Darling Biomedical Library consisting of over 530,000 volumes and 6,000 periodicals, serves as the professional library for students in medicine, nursing, and the life sciences. Facilities of the University Library and all branches of it are also available to students in nursing. More than six and one half million books and thousands of periodicals are provided through the facilities of the University Library.

A Microcomputer lab is available for all nursing students in the Biomedical Library near the School of Nursing. Students will be required to establish a Bruin OnLine account in the Microcomputer Lab, as part of their course requirement during the first year in the program. Because many faculty use e-mail to communicate with students regarding course requirements, changes, etc., students will be required to provide their UCLA Bruin OnLine e-mail account for communications from UCLA School of Nursing faculty and staff.

Facilities for Clinical Instruction

Facilities for instruction include the academic departments of the University, the clinical facilities of the UCLA Medical Center (715 beds), the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital (209 beds), the Corinne A. Seeds University Elementary School, the University Clinics, the UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital and over 200 affiliates.

Prelicensure students in the BS-Generic and MSN-MECN programs will be assigned to clinical experiences with one of our established clinical practice partner facilities: UCLA Medical Center-Westwood which includes the Mattel Children's Hospital and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Saint John's Health Center and Veteran's Administration Hospital-West Los Angeles.

Housing

Nursing students plan their own living arrangements. Costs for living vary widely depending on individual preferences and living standards. UCLA students have various options for on and off-campus housing. In addition to campus owned options, the surrounding communities offer apartments for varying levels of rent. Housing in Los Angeles, both on and off campus, is in great demand, and students should make arrangements early. The UCLA Housing Office provides information on the various housing options for UCLA undergraduate and graduate students at https://housing.ucla.edu/. Students interested in applying for campus housing must complete the online application at the UCLA Housing Office website.

The UCLA Community Housing Office, http://www.cho.ucla.edu ,in Sproul Hall Annex provides information and current listings for University-owned apartments, cooperatives, private apartments, roommates, rooms in private homes, room and board in exchange for work and short-term housing. A current BruinCard or letter of acceptance to the B.S., M.S.N. or Ph.D. program and a valid photo identification card are required for service. UCLA Housing Assignment Office provides information on the residence halls and suites.

The Rita and Stanley Dashew International Student Center, http://www.internationalcenter.ucla.edu, provides housing assistance for international students (B.S., M.S.N. and Ph.D.). The center also helps students adjust to the UCLA Community, and sponsors social activities.  

Living Expenses

Up-to-date registration and enrollment fee information for B.S., M.S.N. and Ph.D. students can be found at: http://www.registrar.ucla.edu/fees. Fee information or Post Master's Programs can be found in the Fees and Financial Aid section under the Post Master's Program at this website. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for financial aid. Due to the heavy course load, most students will be unable to work full-time. The School and the University offer a variety of financial aid resources to help support students through their studies. See information contained in Fees, Financial Aid and Scholarship section.  

Location

The UCLA Campus is located in the green rolling hills of Westwood. The 419-acre campus is bounded on the north by Sunset Boulevard, on the south by Westwood Village, which includes shopping, restaurants, theaters and the Armand Hammer Cultural History Museum. The UCLA campus is just 5 miles from the beach. The School of Nursing in the Louis and Doris Factor Building is part of the Center for Health Sciences complex located on the corner of Charles E. Young Drive South and Tiverton Avenue at the south end of campus.

Get directions to campus or see an interactive map.  You can search for The Louis and Doris Factor Building on this map.

Official Publications

The Announcement of the UCLA School of Nursing contains detailed information about the school, areas of study, degree programs and requirements, and course listings. (See the 2011-2012 SON Announcement). To facilitate understanding of policies such as clinical progression, etc. that are not included in the announcement, the faculty have developed a SON Pre-licensure handbook (2010-2011) for our BS-G and MECN students. Students are advised to read it. (2010-2011 SON Prelicensure Handbook). Additionally, faculty have developed a Preceptor Manual for faculty and students in the MSN-APN acute care program. This manual is designed to facilitate understanding of clinical expectations for students enrolled in these areas. (Preceptor Handbook). UCLA campus publishes the General Catalog, Schedule of Classes, Standards and Procedures for Graduate Study at UCLA, and Program Requirements for UCLA Graduate Degrees. UCLA School of Nursing students are held responsible for complying with University rules, regulations, policies, and procedures described in the official publications. Students are also responsible for the observance of official notices posted for their information. The UCLA General Catalog and Schedule of Classes can be found at: http://www.registrar.ucla.edu. Graduate Division publications can be found at:http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu.

Parking and Transportation

Parking on the UCLA campus is at a premium. Not all students are able to obtain a UCLA parking permit. We therefore urge students in the B.S., M.S.N. and Ph.D. programs to apply for parking early. A few parking spaces are available on a daily basis for a fee of $10.00, but these spaces fill up quickly.

Students in the Post Master's program are encouraged to obtain monthly parking at one of the lots located just off campus in Westwood Village.

UCLA offers assistance to students commuting to campus from surrounding areas in the form of Van Pools and Commuter Assistance-Ridesharing. You can find information on parking and transportation at the Transportation Services site.

Clinical experiences are generally assigned at off-campus sites. Students in the B.S., M.S.N., Ph.D. and Post Master's programs are responsible for arranging and financing their own transportation for clinical experiences in the community and are required to have the use of a car.

For complete and current parking rates visit UCLA Transportation Services website.

Student Health Services

The Student Health Services (SHS), located in the Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center, 221 Westwood Plaza, provides registered UCLA students a complete range of preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic health services at little or no cost. In cooperation with UCLA's Center for the Health Sciences and other community health resources, SHS provides general outpatient health care to students in the B.S., M.S.N. and Ph.D. programs through its primary care clinic, with referrals to specialty medical and surgical clinics. For more information visit the Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center website.

Students in the Post Master's Program are enrolled in a non-degree conferring program. They are expected to provide their own health coverage because they do not have access to the student health facilities on campus.

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