Eligibility & Application Instructions

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.

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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.

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 Admission Requirements and Enrollment Prerequisites

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • The completion of all prerequisite courses within the last 5 years
    – A grade of C or higher in all prerequisite courses completed at a university in the University of California (UC) system
    – A grade of B or higher in all prerequisite courses completed at a public California college or university

Transfer applicants should review the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website carefully for clarification about requirements and prerequisites.  They may also download our prerequisite information snapshot and refer to the ASSIST system for approved and articulated courses from California Community Colleges for more information.

Still have questions about prerequisites? 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 by November 30th, 2020. 

The Fall 2020 Change of Major application for the Nursing Science Major is now open!  Eligible students can access the application here.

Applications are due by November 30th, 2020 at 11:59pm PST.   We strongly recommend that students first review our application planning guide first before starting the application.  Note that incoming first-year/freshman students are not eligible to change their major to Nursing Science before starting coursework at UC Irvine.

UCI students interesting in applying should carefully review our guidelines about course planning, prerequisites, and requirements in our Change of Major planning guide here.  

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 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 2020 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 time when you had to overcome adversity and how you handled it.

As you prepare to apply, please note that all science prerequisite courses must be taken at UCI.  In addition, Change of Major students cannot take Pharm Sci 120 and Pharm Sci 120L as they overlap with Bio Sci E109 and Bio Sci E112L and this would disqualify applicants from completing the Nursing Science Major Requirements.  If you are a current Pharmaceutical Sciences major at UC Irvine thinking of applying, please contact Nursing Student Affairs at nssao@uci.edu or via Zot Chat to discuss your options.

COVID NOTE: Although some institutions are allowing Pass/Not Pass grading for certain courses in the Spring/Summer 2020 term, we are still requiring letter grades as a feature of our admissions requirements. If your institution is mandating Pass/Not Pass for Spring 2020, 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, 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.

Fall 2020 Change of Major Zoom Workshops

This Fall, we’re offering two types of virtual change of major workshops for current UC Irvine students:

  • General Information Workshop: A workshop designed to help students to learn more about how to become an RN in California, the Nursing Science Major at UC Irvine, and the general process to apply to change your major to Nursing Science.
  • 2020 COM Applicant Workshop: A workshop intended for students applying this fall quarter to change their major to Nursing Science.  The main focus of this workshop is to help answer questions about this year’s application and the Change of Major process in Nursing Science.

Workshops are scheduled for the following times via Zoom:

    • General Info Workshops: Wed October 14th 10am-11am or Thursday October 29th 2pm-3pm
    • 2020 COM Applicant Workshops: Wed October 14th 2pm-3pm or Friday October 30th 11am-12pm

Current UCI Students may sign-up for the workshop to receive the Zoom link using this form.

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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.

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

nssao@uci.edu (undergraduate program)
gnsao@uci.edu (graduate programs)
Limited Winter Hours: Please note that the School of Nursing will be closed for UC Irvine’s Winter Administrative Recess starting December 18th, 2020 and we will not return to the office until Monday, January 4th.  During this time, we will not be able to respond to any emails, including those with questions about applications.

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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 (Academic Year 2019 – 2020)

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: November 2 – December 31, 2020

Prospective Students (Freshman and Transfer Students): January 4 – February 28, 2021

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