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 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.
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 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
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. The application opens once each year; the Fall 2020 application cycle is now closed. 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 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 email@example.com 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/Fall 2020 terms, we are still requiring letter grades as a feature of our admissions requirements. If your institution is mandating Pass/Not Pass for a term in 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.
In Fall 2020, we were able to offer 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 for late Winter and Spring 2021 are being planned; please check back here for updated information in the new year!
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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/.