Eligibility & Application Instructions

The Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) has approved a curriculum modification for our pre-licensure program beginning Fall 2022.  You may review the revised curriculum plan for our Bachelor of Science in Nursing Science program here.

Application Information

Freshman applicants to the BS in Nursing Science program will apply by completing the online UC Application by November 30th.
Please note:  The Nursing Supplemental Application is no longer needed.

Admission Requirements and Enrollment Prerequisites

  • A cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher 
  • Completion of two years of high school laboratory science (biology & chemistry).
    – A minimum of a C grade is required for each laboratory course.

Admission

Admission into the UC Irvine School of Nursing is competitive and highly selective. The number of students in the major is small due to the limited availability of clinical placements. Each year, the number of admitted students varies based on admission patterns from previous years. Due to the increasing number of applicants and the selective nature of the program, it is strongly recommended that you research other nursing programs as well.

Please note that the School of Nursing Student Affairs Office does not manage the Undergraduate Admissions process (including application review, admission decisions, and/or appeals to admissions decisions). Our office is not a part of the selection process, nor do we have any influence on decision making.  The Undergraduate Admissions process is handled centrally within UC Irvine’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

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Application Information

Transfer applicants to the BS in Nursing Science program will apply by completing the online UC Application by November 30th.
Please note:  The Nursing Supplemental Application is no longer needed.

The UC Irvine Office of Undergraduate Admissions manages the transfer review and admission process for the Nursing Science major.  Any questions about acceptable prerequisites and admissions for transfer applications should be directed to their office.

Please note, the School of Nursing Student Affairs Office does not review course equivalencies until a student has matriculated to UC Irvine.

NOTE: Although some institutions are allowing Pass/Not Pass grading for certain courses in the Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall 2020 term, we are still requiring letter grades as a feature of our admissions requirements. If your institution required Pass/Not Pass grades only for this time period, be sure to communicate this within the additional comments section of the UC application.

General Transfer Admission Requirements and Enrollment Prerequisites

Students interested in applying to the Nursing Science major via the UC Transfer Application should review the information on the UCI Office of Undergraduate Admissions website.  Please refer to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions Transfer Requirements by School page and review the information under “Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing” to learn about the requirements and specific prerequisite courses needed to apply.

Still have questions about applying to the Nursing Science major as a transfer applicant? Contact UC Irvine’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions for clarification.

Application Information

UCI undergraduate students wishing to change their major and apply to the BS in Nursing Science program must complete the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing Change of Major Application.

Note that incoming first-year/freshman students are not eligible to change their major to Nursing Science before starting coursework at UC Irvine.  Students admitted as Transfers to UC Irvine in a non-nursing major are not eligible to apply to change their major to Nursing Science.

2021-22 Application Deadlines and Requirements

The Fall 2021 Change of Major Application (for continuing UCI students) is now open! Students can view and submit the application here.  Students submitting an application this fall should follow this Change of Major planning guide.  The application is due Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 11:55pm PT.

  • Continuing UCI students interesting in applying to change their major to Nursing Science in Fall 2021 should carefully review our guidelines about course planning, prerequisites, and requirements in our Change of Major planning guide here.  
  • Newly admitted Freshmen and continuing students interested in applying to change their major to Nursing Science in Summer 2022 should carefully review our new guidelines about course planning, prerequisites, and requirements in our Change of Major planning guide here.

Fall 2021 will be the final application cycle in the fall term.  Starting in Summer 2022, all Nursing Science Change of Major applications will open and close during the summer terms.  Please continue to monitor our website carefully to ensure that you submit your application by the appropriate deadline.

Change of Major Admission Requirements and Enrollment Prerequisites

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • The completion of all prerequisite courses as described in our Change of Major planning guide (linked above) with:
    • A letter grade of C or higher in all prerequisite courses completed at UCI
    • A letter grade of B or higher in all prerequisite courses completed at a public California college or university

Applicants will be asked to upload transcripts from all institutions where they have taken college/university-level coursework.  In addition, the Change of Major application will also ask students about the following:

  • academic honors or recognition
  • leadership, volunteer and work experiences
  • program and organization involvement
  • language abilities (e.g. fluency in a language other than English)
  • two short essay responses
    • Fall 2021: The two essay prompts are available below (please note that these questions are subject to change each year):
      • ESSAY PROMPT 1 (max 250 words): Describe how your prior education and experience have contributed to your future nursing career goals.
      • ESSAY PROMPT 2 (max 250 words): Describe a challenging or difficult time in your life. What motivated you to persist through this challenge and how did you overcome it?

Human Physiology Lecture and Lab: Change of Major applicants can take Pharm Sci 120 and Pharm Sci 120L OR Bio Sci E109 and Bio Sci E112L to satisfy  Nursing Science Major Requirements.

COVID NOTE: Although some institutions are allowing Pass/Not Pass grading for certain courses, we are still requiring letter grades as a feature of our admissions requirements. If your institution is mandating Pass/Not Pass for a term, or you have an extenuating circumstance, please make a note on your application and we may make an exception.

Students interested in changing their major to Nursing Science should also review our supplemental costs sheet to better understand and plan for unique financial requirements associated with being a Nursing student and applying for licensure after graduation.

Students who plan to take non-science prerequisites at California Community Colleges may refer to the ASSIST system for approved and articulated courses

Questions?

Zot Chat is now available for current UCI students interested in applying to change their major to Nursing Science!  See the bottom of this page for more information.

If you have any additional questions after reviewing our Change of Major planning guide (linked above), our BS in Nursing Science FAQs section, and the information on this page, you may also contact the Nursing Science Student Affairs office at nssao@uci.edu.

Change of Major Workshops and Information Sessions

Fall Information Sessions are now available for current UC Irvine students!  Virtual Information sessions will be held on the following dates via Zoom:

  • Tuesday, October 12th 11am-12pm
  • Tuesday, October 19th 10am-11am
  • Thursday, October 21th 2pm-3pm

Interested students can register via this form (attendees will receive Zoom information within 2-3 business days of filling out the form).

Have questions?

Check our FAQs page to see answers to the most common questions that we receive from students applying to our BS in Nursing Science program.

Admissions Decisions: Please note that the School of Nursing Student Affairs Office does not manage the Undergraduate Admissions process, including application review, admission decisions, and/or appeals to admissions decisions. Our office is not a part of the selection process, nor do we have any influence on decision making.  The Undergraduate Admissions process is handled centrally within UC Irvine’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Still have questions not answered in our FAQs? Ask an Academic Counselor!

Please email nssao@uci.edu or use our Contact form
Note: Our Nursing Student Affairs staff works very closely together to support our students. Please ensure that you are only emailing one staff member with your request and avoid sending duplicate emails to multiple staff members.

Tuition & Fees

Undergraduate Tuition & Fee Schedule

All tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change without notice, and the University may impose additional tuition and fees. Consult the University Registrar’s website for the most up-to-date information.

Nursing students have additional supplemental costs associated with upper division Nursing Science courses and should plan accordingly.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

If you need help to pay for your studies, you may be eligible for several types of financial aid.
Visit UCI Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships to find out more about financial aid and scholarship options.

Additionally, please check the UC Irvine Financial Aid office’s database of external scholarships.

Scholarships Application Periods

Continuing Students: Fall 2021 (Dates TBD)

Prospective Students (Freshman and Transfer Students): Early 2022 (Dates TBD)

Scholarship Application Link: https://apply.admissions.uci.edu/portal/scholarships

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Zot Chat

Zot Chat is an online live chat service available for students to ask general counseling or advising related questions. Counselors and Peer Academic Advisors from the Nursing Student Affairs team will be available to answer general questions related to the following:

  • Change of Major Requirements (for current UCI undergraduates)
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Degree Requirements

Zot Chat is intended for questions that can be answered quickly. Please email Nursing Student Affairs to discuss questions that require more time.

NOTE: Zot Chat is NOT intended to answer questions related to:

  • Admissions Counseling
  • Transcript Evaluation
  • Career Counseling
  • Graduation Checks
  • Creating a Study Plan
  • Academic Probation or Disqualification
  • Personal/Crisis/Mental Health Counseling

Zot Chat is not available for Personal/Crisis/Mental Health Counseling. UC Irvine students in need of these services should contact the UCI Counseling Center directly: http://www.counseling.uci.edu/.

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Zot Chat Hours

Monday-Friday 9:00am-12:00pm

Monday-Friday 1:00pm-4:00pm

*Hours may vary depending on advisor availability