Why is Nursing Science a restricted major?
We receive a large number of applicants annually and are able to accept only a limited number of these students. The limited number of spaces in the program is based on the availability of required clinical placement sites.

What are the tuition/fees for the program?
For current fee and tuition information, refer to the University Registrar website ›

Do you have an RN to BSN program?
UC Irvine does not offer an RN to BSN program. California schools that offer these programs are listed on the California Board of Registered Nursing website ›

How long will it take me to complete the program?
The BS in Nursing Science is a four-year program for students who are admitted into the program as freshmen. It is a two-year program (upper-division Nursing Science courses) for transfer/change of major students.

Is this a direct-entry program or do I need to reapply at sophomore standing?
Our program is a direct-entry program for students admitted to the Nursing Science major as freshmen. These students do not need to reapply for admission into the upper division.

I can’t find all the prerequisites I need to complete as a transfer student at my community college. Can I apply without having completed all of the prerequisites?

Yes, you can take a maximum of 3 prerequisite courses in the Summer prior to Fall start after admission. If admitted, the courses will need to be completed and passed with a B or better (if taken at a community college) or a C or better (if taken at UCI) in order to stay in the major.

How many spaces typically are available each year?
The program goal is to graduate 50 students per year. We usually admit about 30 students at the freshman level and about 20 for the upper-division.

Do you accept out-of-state students?
Yes, we accept out-of-state students into the program.

Do you accept international students?
Yes, we accept international students into the program. However, please keep in mind in order to sign up for the NCLEX, students are required to either have a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer ID Number (ITIN). Getting an ITIN or SSN beforehand will prevent any delays with the BRN.

When will I be notified of my admission?
Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions electronically via your message center on the UCI Applicant Portal by March 31. The major you see listed is the major you have been admitted into.

What if I am not admitted into the Nursing Science major?
Students not admitted to our program may reapply the following year. It is possible for you to be admitted to UC Irvine but not to the Nursing Science major. If this happens, admission will default to your second choice major. If you’re admitted to UC Irvine under a different major, you may reapply during the next year to change your major to Nursing Science once at UC Irvine.

If I’m admitted to the program, will I need my own transportation for clinical rotations?
Clinical rotations begin in the spring quarter of junior year. You will need to either provide your own transportation or coordinate with a fellow classmate in your clinical group. By the final quarter of your senior year, you must provide your own transportation for your clinical preceptorship course.

What is your Admission Policy for Military Personnel?
UC Irvine School of Nursing will accept qualified student applicants who have completed relevant military education and experiences, have met the admission requirements, and who present documented equivalency courses. These applications will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Student Affairs Director and the Program Director. These individuals are eligible for consideration of completion of challenge exams following admission to the nursing program. Any veteran who has completed their BA or BS degree and required prerequisites are welcome to apply to our Masters Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN). https://www.nursing.uci.edu/mepn/.

What is my option as an LVN?
Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) who are interested in the 45 unit LVN option for achieving Registered Nurse status should make an appointment with Nursing Science Student Affairs to discuss completion of the required courses.  Passing the required courses will allow the student to sit for the National Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), but students will not receive an academic degree. Entry into the option is on a space-available basis.