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Bachelor of Science

Program Description

The UCLA School of Nursing Prelicensure program for undergraduate study leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Nursing began in Fall of 2006. The B.S. Prelicensure program is designed to prepare students for a career in nursing. This is a four-year program beginning in the freshman year.

This program focuses on managing both individuals and population-based cohorts within an acute care hospital or medical center. Conceptually, the curriculum has been developed according to the principles of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention; moving from a systems, population-based approach, to a cohort-based or unit-based perspective, and culminating with an intense focus on the individual-level of care. Graduates of the program will be well-prepared to deal with the demands of the present day high acuity patient populations and sophisticated technological environments. The program provides an B.S. degree with a major in Nursing and eligibility to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) to be licensed as a registered nurse (R.N.) after completion of the program.

Students successfully completing the B.S. degree also acquire an educational foundation for entry into the master's program that prepares nurses for clinical practice for the hospital or advanced practice nurses for roles as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and administrators in primary and acute care.

After completing the B.S. program, graduates are able to:

  • Select, evaluate and apply, in hospital and a variety of other settings, basic and advanced theoretical knowledge of core concepts including advanced leadership and health care systems concepts to the nursing process in order to deliver health care to clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Analyze health problems at a unit, aggregate (community) and systems level, and develop nursing interventions that balance the health needs at the unit and cohort levels.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and collaboration skills with clients, research participants, other health professionals, colleagues, and policy makers.
  • Evaluate existing nursing and health care systems research, apply findings to advance nursing practice, and participate in the development of new knowledge.
  • Demonstrate leadership and system skills and critical thinking, which contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of nursing and health care.
  • Practice hospital- and community-based nursing based on the principles of ethics and law.
  • Participate in professional and community organizations and/or interest groups relevant to health care delivery and modify nursing standards and practices in keeping with current trends.
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