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About the Program in Nursing Science

The UC Irvine Program in Nursing Science, established in 2007, provides academic and professional education in the discipline of nursing.

Nursing is interdisciplinary and collaborative in its art and its science. The body of knowledge that comprises nursing science includes application of knowledge from the biological, social, behavioral and biomedical sciences.

Our program prepares graduates for basic clinical and advanced practice roles. It also prepares them for educational, administrative and research positions across the healthcare delivery system, as well as faculty positions in academic institutions.

Nursing science research is formulated in an expanded view of health that includes health promotion, restoration and rehabilitation. Our program promotes outstanding research in nursing science subspecialties and in related faculty areas of interest.


UC Irvine is fully accredited by the Senior Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

The Program in Nursing Science bachelor’s degree and master’s degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The Program in Nursing Science is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), which allows graduates of the program to sit for the National Council for Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN) and to obtain a public health nurse certificate.

The Program in Nursing Science nurse practitioner program is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Bachelor’s degree students should refer to the BRN to determine licensing eligibility in the state of California.

About UC Irvine

Founded in 1965, the University of California, Irvine combines the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. UC Irvine’s commitment to rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, leadership and character development makes the campus a driving force for innovation and discovery that serves our local, national and global communities.

With nearly 31,500 students, 2,200 faculty members and 13,000 staff, UC Irvine is among the most dynamic campuses in the University of California system. Increasingly a first-choice campus for students, UC Irvine ranks among the top U.S. universities in a number of undergraduate and graduate programs, and it attracts students with highly competitive academic profiles.

In 2012, UC Irvine ranked first in the United States and fourth in the world among the 100 best universities less than 50 years old, according to analysis by Times Higher Education.