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 in Nursing Science (M.S.) is a professional degree program which will prepare Registered Nurses in selected specialties and in research so they may assume roles as research-based advanced practice clinicians, administrators, or educators. The program course work is designed to prepare nurses with expertise in a specialized area of advanced practice; role preparation as a nurse practitioner, nurse educator, or nurse administrator; leadership and health policy skills; and research skills. The M.S. degree will also prepare students for future doctoral work. Students applying to the M.S. program must select an area of concentration, either the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration (FNP) or the Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner concentration (AGPCNP).

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.