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)

Curriculum Course Sequences

Degree Requirements

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. Entry Level Writing or English as a Second Language (ESL) in the first year
  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 — All units in the last two years of the major must be taken in residence
  4. Course Requirements
    1. Writing — Writing I and Writing II Course (GE/Writing II recommended)  (10 units)
    2. Quantitative Reasoning (Biostatistics 100A recommended) (4 units)
    3. General Education  47 units
      1. Foundations of Arts and Humanities (14 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 (14 units)
        1. Historical Analysis — select from approved list
        2. Social Analysis — (Communications 10 recommended)
        3. Third course — (Psychology 10 recommended)
      3. Foundations of Scientific Inquiry (18 units)
        1. Life Sciences, two courses (Life Science 7, Nursing 3 recommended)
        2. Physical Sciences, two courses (Chemistry 14 A and 14B recommended)

Nursing Major Requirements

  1. Preparation for the major — 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 7A, Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
    6. Life Sciences 7C, Physiology and Human Biology (4)
    7. Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics 10, Medical Microbiology for Nursing Students (4)
    8. Psychology 10, Introductory Psychology (5)
    9. Calculus (4)
    10. Nursing 3, Human Physiology (5)
    11. Nursing 13, Human Anatomy (5)
    12. Nursing 10, Introduction to Nursing/Social Justice (2)
    13. Nursing 20, Introduction to Nursing/Social Justice (2)
    14. Nursing 50, Fundamentals of Epidemiology (4)
    15. Nursing 54A, Pathophysiology I (3)
    16. Nursing 54B, Pathophysiology II (2)
  2. Major Courses
    1. Biostatistics 100A, Introduction to Biostatistics (4)
    2. Nursing 115, Pharmacology and Therapeutics (5)
    3. Nursing 150A, Fundamentals of Professional Nursing I (4)
    4. Nursing 150B, Fundamentals of Professional Nursing II (4)
    5. Nursing 152A, Health Promotion: Growth & Development in Culturally Diverse Populations (2)
    6. Nursing 152B, Health Promotion: Nutrition in Culturally Diverse Populations (2)
    7. Nursing 160, Secondary Prevention (4)
    8. Nursing 161, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (5)
    9. Nursing 162A, Foundational Concepts for Tertiary Prevention and Care of Medical-Surgical Patients and Families (4)
    10. Nursing 162B, Tertiary Prevention and Care of Medical-Surgical Geriatric Patients and Families (6)
    11. Nursing 162C, Tertiary Prevention and Care of Medical-Surgical Patients and Families (8)
    12. Nursing 163, Nursing Care of Geriatric Patients and Families (3)
    13. Nursing 164, Maternity Nursing (5)
    14. Nursing 165, Pediatric Nursing (5)
    15. Nursing 168, Advanced Leadership and Role Integration (5)
    16. Nursing 169, Clinical Internship: Integration (12)
    17. Nursing 171, Public Health Nursing (6) 
    18. Nursing 173W, Introduction to Research (5)
    19. Nursing 174, Physical Assessment (4)

Total Units = 180-216

See UCLA Catalog for description of courses.