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 graduated its first class in 1954. The B.S. Prelicensure program is designed to prepare students for a career in professional nursing practice. This is a traditional, four-year program beginning in the freshman year. A limited number of transfer students are accepted annually. Graduates of the B.S. program are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) to be licensed as a registered nurse (R.N.) and may apply for the Public Health Nursing Certificate from the California Board of Registered Nursing. The BS program is a UCLA-certified capstone major. During the last clinical course in the 4th year, each student plans and implements a Clincially-based Scholarly Project designed to improve the system of care provided to patients and their families. 

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

Learning Outcomes

  1. Integrate basic and advanced theoretical and scientific knowledge to inform clinical practice and leadership. [AACN Essentials* I, II, III; QSEN:** patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, safety]
  2. Utilize the nursing process to provide safe, therapeutic, evidence-based, patient-centered, culturally-tailored, and high quality care. [Essentials II, III, VIII, IX; QSEN: patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, safety, quality improvement]
  3. Maximize the use of available resources to improve health outcomes for individuals, families, and populations in diverse practice settings. [Essentials II, V, VII; QSEN: quality improvement]
  4. Communicate and collaborate effectively within and across complex healthcare systems. [Essentials: I, II, VI, VIII, IX; QSEN: teamwork and collaboration, safety]
  5. Analyze practice-based problems and critically evaluate relevant evidence to improve patient safety, care quality, and health outcomes. [Essentials II, IV, VII, IX; QSEN: evidence-based practice, safety, quality improvement, informatics]
  6. Participate in professional, community, and/or advocacy activities to create standards of care and conditions essential for health and healing. [Essentials II, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX; QSEN: teamwork and collaboration, quality improvement, evidence-based practice]
  7. Apply principles of ethical leadership and change management to continuously improve the quality of care in healthcare systems. [Essentials II, III, V, VI, VIII; QSEN: quality improvement, teamwork and collaboration, safety]
  8. Apply a global perspective and a systematic approach for health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management with diverse populations. [Essentials I, II, IV, VI, VII; QSEN: quality improvement, teamwork and collaboration]
  9. Utilize information management and patient care technology to facilitate effective communication and support clinical decision making. [Essentials II, III, IV, IX; QSEN: informatics, evidence-based practice, teamwork and collaboration]

*American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice

**Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN)

Sample Curriculum Course Sequences