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Degree Requirements for International Students

The practice of nursing is a complex function requiring knowledge derived from the basic and related applied sciences, technical skills, and personal aptitudes. The pre-professional curriculum, therefore, must provide students with sufficient information from the social and natural sciences to permit an effective undertaking of the nursing courses as well as of the lower and upper division courses in related disciplines and applied sciences. Further, it must facilitate the students' acquisition of a broad, liberal education, which forms the foundation for the subsequent program of professional education.

Freshman Entry to UCLA: The student completing all requirements at UCLA will complete the following requirements:

University Requirements

  1. Subject A
  2. American History and Institutions

School Requirements

  1. Units Required - minimum 180/maximum 216
  2. Scholarship - minimum GPA 2.0 for graduation
  3. Residence Requirement - 82 of the last 90 units must be completed in residence
  4. Course Requirements -
    1. Writing - Writing I and Writing II Course (GE/Writing II recommended)10 units
    2. Quantitative Reasoning (Math 3A or Biostatistics 100A recommended) - 4 units
    3. General Education  48 units
      1. Foundations of Arts and Humanities (15 units)
        1. Philosophical and Linguistic Analysis - select from approved list
        2. Visual and Performing Arts Analysis - select from approved list
        3. Literary and Cultural Analysis - select from approved list
      2. Foundations of Society and Culture (15 units)
        1. Historical Analysis - select from approved list
        2. Social Analysis - (Communications 10 recommended)
        3. Third course - (see recommended list)
      3. Foundations of Scientific Inquiry (18 units)
        1. a. Life Sciences, two courses (Life Science 2, Physiological Science 3 recommended)
        2. Physical Sciences, two courses (Chemistry 14 A & 14B recommended)

Traditional Nursing Major Requirements

  1. Preparation for the major 57-58 units - Completion of all General Education Foundations courses and the courses listed below are required as preparation for nursing major courses. Preparation for the major courses may be used to fulfill the General Education requirements as recommended above.
    1. Chemistry 14A, Atomic and Molecular Structure, Equilibria, Acids, and Bases (4)
    2. Chemistry 14B, Thermodynamics, Electrochemistry, Kinetics, and Organic Chemistry (4)
    3. Chemistry 14C, Structure of Organic Molecules (4)
    4. Communication Studies 1, Principles of Oral Communication (4), or Communication Studies 10,  Introduction to Communication Studies (5)
    5. Life Sciences 2, Cells, Tissues, and Organs (5)
    6. Life Sciences 3, Introduction to Molecular Biology (5)
    7. Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics 10, Medical Microbiology for Nursing Students (4)
    8. Physiological Science 3, Human Physiology (5)
    9. Physiological Science 13, Human Anatomy (5)
    10. Psychology 10, Introductory Psychology (4)
    11. Nursing 10, Introduction to Nursing/Social Justice (2)
    12. Nursing 20, Introduction to Nursing/Social Justice (2)
    13. Nursing 50, Fundamentals of Epidemiology (4)
    14. Nursing 54A, Pathophysiology I (3)
    15. Nursing 54B, Pathophysiology II (2)
  2. Major courses 82 units
    1. Biostatistics 100A, Introduction to Biostatistics (4)
    2. Nursing 115, Pharmacology and Therapeutics (5)
    3. Nursing 150A, Fundamentals of Professional Nursing (4)
    4. Nursing 150B, Fundamentals of Professional Nursing (1)
    5. Nursing 152W, Human Development/Health Promotion in Culturally Diverse Populations (5)
    6. Nursing C155, Mental Health / Illness (3)
    7. Nursing C160, Secondary Prevention (4)
    8. Nursing 161 Clinical Internship: Mental Health (2)
    9. Nursing 162A, Tertiary Prevention and Care: Medical-Surgical/Gerontology 1 (5)
    10. Nursing 162B, Tertiary Prevention and Care: Maternity (3)
    11. Nursing 163, Clinical Internship: Medical-Surgical/Gerontology I (4)
    12. Nursing 164, Clinical Internship: Maternity (2)
    13. Nursing 165A, Tertiary Prevention and Care: Medical-Surgical/Gerontology II (5)
    14. Nursing 165B, Tertiary Prevention and Care: Pediatrics (3)
    15. Nursing 166, Clinical Internship: Medical-Surgical/Gerontology II (4)
    16. Nursing 167 Clinical Internship: Pediatrics (2)
    17. Nursing 168, Advanced Leadership and Role Integration (4)
    18. Nursing 169, Clinical Internship: Integration (12)
    19. Nursing 171C, Public Health Nursing (3)
    20. Nursing 171D, Public Health Nursing (3)
    21. Nursing 174, Physical Assessment (4)

Total Units = 180-216

See UCLA Catalog for description of courses.

If you are an International applicant, please contact Rhonda Flenoy-Younger, Director of Recruitment, Outreach and Admissions, at Rflenoy@sonnet.ucla.edu, prior to applying for admissions.

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