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A Welcome From The Interim Director

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E. Alison Holman, Interim Director of the UC Irvine Program in Nursing Science

The UC Irvine Program in Nursing Science was established in 2007 with a vision to demonstrate how the power of nursing promotes the health and well-being of our community.

Since then, our degree programs have grown to meet the rising demand for healthcare providers, even in these lean economic times.

Our bachelor of science program has earned top 10 regional rankings for quality, value and satisfaction. With a 3.5 percent acceptance rate on average, our bachelor’s program is one of the most competitive undergraduate degrees at UC Irvine.

Our master of science nurse practitioner program continues to educate highly qualified primary care providers. Our nurse practitioner graduates have a 100 percent pass rate on their national certification exams.

In 2013, we opened our PhD program. We advanced the first student to candidacy last fall after she received the prestigious American Heart Association predoctoral research award. Our other doctoral students have:

  • Received national recogition as Jonas Center nurse scholars
  • Been elected to serve as student leaders in national organizations
  • Received several local and regional research scholarships

In 2016, Sue and Bill Gross became our philanthropic partners with an extraordinary and generous gift of $40 million. This gift will fund a state-of-the-art building to house the upcoming Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing at UC Irvine. This gift represents a new beginning and allows us to launch the new school as a national model of nursing’s promise for leadership in the 21st century.

The Sue and Bill Gross Nursing and Health Sciences Hall will give nursing science the space and capacity to design new programs and initiatives inspired by our vision — to transform the nursing profession by preparing pioneers in research, education and practice to build innovative, interprofessional models of compassionate, community-based healthcare.

Indeed, this gift has strengthened our resolve to become a top school of nursing focused on preparing the next generation of nurse researchers, educators and clinicians who embrace UC Irvine’s core mission of service to the community.

Through our extensive community engagement efforts, we will conduct research to discover new approaches to providing healthcare and build models of compassionate, effective care that best address our population’s healthcare needs.

We look forward to working with you and our community partners to make UC Irvine Health a national powerhouse of innovative, effective, compassionate healthcare.


E. Alison Holman, PhD, FNP
Interim Director, Program in Nursing Science