Academic Programs

The University of California, Irvine Nursing Science Program opened in 2007 to provide academic and professional education in the discipline of nursing. The program offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. programs in nursing science.

Bachelor of Science

The Baccalaureate in Nursing Science (B.S.) offers outstanding undergraduates the opportunity to enter the healthcare environment with an education founded upon the theory and practice of nursing.  Completion of the program’s curriculum will lead to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Nursing Science. Graduates are prepared and eligible to take the California Board of Registered Nursing NCLEX-RN. The Nursing Science major is approved by the Board of Registered Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Master of Science

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Nursing Science at the University of California, Irvine is a graduate degree program that prepares students to lead innovations in health care delivery and elevate nursing care across practice settings.  The program course work is designed to prepare graduate-educated nurses with: (1) research and evidence-based practice competency; (2) expertise in specialized concentrations of nursing practice; (3) leadership role preparation, including collaborative inter-professional team building and; (4) leadership skills in health policy  to become advocates for health promotion and disease prevention efforts supporting population health. The M.S. degree provides students with a foundation for seamless progression into a research or practice-focused doctoral program.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Program in Nursing Science offers a course of study leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree.  The purpose of the Ph.D. in Nursing Science is to advance the scholarly discipline through development of theory and empirical research, to contribute to the growing body of knowledge in the field, and to create the future academic leaders of the profession. The graduates of the UC Irvine Nursing Science Ph.D. Program will be equipped to advance the science of nursing as well as to address the critical shortage of nursing faculty with Ph.D. degrees.