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Frequently Asked Questions2018-10-18T09:58:12+00:00
PhD FAQ2018-10-18T09:59:33+00:00

What is the nursing PhD program?
The PhD focuses on the discovery of new knowledge in the advancement of nursing practice. This 4-5 year program allows learners to think about the science behind clinical practice in new ways, learning to use research tools and methods to answer important questions about health and healthcare.


What is the difference between a Doctor of Nursing Practice and PhD in Nursing Science?

  • The DNP degree is focused on preparing highly educated clinical leaders who can apply evidence-based research in clinical settings.
  • The PhD degree prepares learners to identify gaps in nursing knowledge, design/implement research studies to address these gaps, and discover new knowledge that can advance the science of care delivery.

What do Phd students do post-graduation?
A nurse with a research PhD can lead healthcare organizations, teach in academic and/or clinical contexts, conduct research in academic or community-based environments, become a nurse researcher in academic settings, work as a researcher on clinical trials, and more.


Is the program offered online or on-campus?
Because many nurses, interested in pursuing the PhD, are working professionals, most of the core courses in the PhD program are conducted in a hybrid format with both online, synchronous, and in-class learning opportunities.

NCIS: Nursing Camp in Summer2018-10-18T10:03:18+00:00
MEPN FAQ2018-10-18T10:00:17+00:00

Is the Master’s program at UCI an online, hybrid, or on-campus course?
All of the lecture courses in the Master’s program curriculum are on-campus.


When will the program start?
The first course will start during the 10-week summer session (near the end of June)


When are the lecture courses offered?
Lecture courses will be scheduled twice a week during the day.  There are no evening classes.


When are the clinical rotations scheduled?
The number of hours required each quarter varies. They are scheduled approximately 2 days a week and may include evening and weekend shifts.  Clinicals begin in the Spring quarter of the first year.


Is there a time limit on when I took my prerequisites?
No, there is no time limit, but it is recommended that you have completed your core science and statistics courses within the past 5 years.


If I don’t have a 3.0 GPA in my bachelor’s degree, can I still apply?
Students admitted into the program with a GPA under 3.0 requires an exception.  One factor taken into account for the exception is the GPA in a graduate degree. We are also looking at healthcare volunteer and work activities, leadership, bilingual abilities, etc. We encourage you to apply if you feel that you will be a strong candidate for an exception.


I’m planning to complete all my prerequisite courses by the end of Spring 2019, can I still apply?
You must complete all prerequisite courses, as well as your non-nursing bachelor’s degree, by the end of December 2018 for the Summer 2019 cohort.


How long should my Statement of Purpose and Personal History be?
Both the Statement of Purpose and the Personal History sections of the application have a 1200 word maximum, for a total of 2400 words.


If I’m admitted to the program, will I need my own transportation for clinical rotations?
Yes, students will need their own transportation to our partner hospitals, clinics, and community sites.


Can I still work while enrolled in the program?
Part-time work may be possible. However, please keep in mind that MEPN is a full-time, accelerated program, and the pace and intensity are demanding.


Will I be able to become a Nurse Practitioner after finishing this degree?
Since this is a pre-licensure nursing program and not an advanced nursing degree, you’ll be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to be an RN. If you’re interested in becoming an NP, you will need to apply to an advanced nursing 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.


How much is the program?
View the Registrar’s Office for information about fees ›<  Note: These fees are for the academic year only. They do not include summer quarter. Summer fees are approximately $1,600 per year.

DNP (Post-Master’s) FAQ2018-10-24T16:53:34+00:00

What are the key differences between DNP and PhD/DNS Programs?
DNP and PhD are both terminal degrees; however, the DNP is a practice-focused doctorate while the PhD is a research-focused doctorate. The DNP prepares the graduate to translate evidence-based practice tot the bedside as compared to the PhD that prepares the graduate to develop nursing theory. The DNP requires the student to carry out a Scholarly Project in a clinical setting whereas the PhD requires scientific research and a dissertation.

Download Key Differences pdf


What can I do with a DNP?
A DNP can help advance your career in the direction of leadership in clinical practice.


Are there research opportunities in this program?
The DNP Scholarly Project will offer you opportunities to research, implement, and evaluate a clinical practice or health policy issue.


Can you work full-time while in the DNP program?
Full-time work is possible. The program is designed to accommodate students who are working; however, please keep in mind that the pace and intensity are demanding. As such, organization/time management will be important to your success.


How often will I need to come to campus?
On-campus sessions are required each quarter for 2-3 consecutive days.  These will occur in week 9 each quarter and will be held on Thursday-Saturday. In addition, the Prologue, Intersession, and Epilogue courses are a 3-5 day on-campus intensive sessions.


Is there campus housing or transportation for me during these on-campus sessions?
Our Visitor Center webpage has information on local hotels, and many provide shuttle service to UCI.  http://www.studentcenter.uci.edu/visitor-center/


What’s the course transfer policy for the DNP?
UCI does not accept transfer credit for doctoral programs.  If equivalent courses were taken in another graduate nursing program, up to 3 courses can be waived; however, the units would need to be made up by taking elective courses.


Is the GRE required?
No, the GRE is NOT required for the DNP program.


Is the student health insurance included in the fees?
No, it is not included.


Is this program eligible for fee waivers?
The DNP program is a self-supporting graduate professional degree program; thus, certain fee waivers traditionally accepted by the University of California may not be accepted (for example, we do not accept CalVet waivers).



ADMISSIONS

What if I can’t find a college professor or instructor to write a letter of recommendation for me?
One letter should be from a college professor or instructor who can assess your readiness for doctoral studies. If this cannot be obtained, a letter from an individual who can assess your academic performance will be accepted.


What if my statistics course is over 5 years old?

If admitted, you will need to take another statistics course prior to fall entry. Your statistics course must have been completed within 5 years of beginning the DNP program. (ex. for students entering the DNP program in Fall 2019, their statistics course would be valid if it was completed between September 2014 and September 2019).


How can I best showcase my professional activities on the DNP application?
In your NursingCAS application, please highlight any presentations, publications, leadership roles in organizations or committees, research experience, and/or advocacy activities in which you have participated. Include the name of the agency or group, dates and experience.

Examples include QI projects, community outreach programs, and professional organization roles, any research work, publications, peer and/or poster presentations, etc.



CLINICAL REQUIREMENTS

How many clinical hours do I need for my DNP Practicum?
AACN requires a minimum of 1,000 post-Baccalaureate hours of mentored clinical and/or organizational leadership experience for the awarding of a DNP degree. You may provide documentation of 500 precepted hours from an MS in nursing degree program, a post-Master’s certification program, or national board certification in an APRN role and population foci. The remaining hours will be obtained from the required curriculum in the DNP Practicum course series.

An individualized plan for site and learner evaluation during these DNP Practicum experiences will be determined by the clinical mentor; in agreement with DNP Program faculty.


Where can I complete my DNP scholarly project and DNP Practicum?
You may complete the clinical hours which are part of the scholarly project in your place of employment or other clinical agency suitable to your project. All clinical mentors and sites must be vetted by the UCI DNP program prior to the start of the DNP Practicum.


Do I need to live or relocate to California?
No, you may complete your scholarly projects in your home state.


When will clinical hours begin?
The first clinical practicum course begins in Fall of Year 2.


Am I required to go through a background check?
The School of Nursing will coordinate this with an external agency.

DNP – FNP FAQ2018-10-18T09:59:24+00:00

What are the key differences between DNP and PhD/DNS Programs?
DNP and PhD are both terminal degrees; however, the DNP is a practice-focused doctorate while the PhD is a research-focused doctorate. The DNP prepares the graduate to translate evidence-based practice to the bedside as compared to the PhD that prepares the graduate to develop nursing theory. The DNP requires the student to carry out a Scholarly Project in a clinical setting whereas the PhD requires scientific research and a dissertation.

Download Key Differences pdf


Why should I get a DNP degree if the requirement for FNP practice is to be educated at the master’s level?
All major national nursing accreditation and educational organizations have agreed that entry-level education for NPs should be at the doctoral level. NONPF (National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties), the preeminent leader in NP education, has set a date of 2025 for programs to convert their Masters NP programs to DNP programs. See link:  https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.nonpf.org/resource/resmgr/dnp/v3_05.2018_NONPF_DNP_Stateme.pdf

Because US healthcare systems and patient care management has become more and more complex over the past several decades, NPs have needed more and more education to function competently as entry-level NPs. The DNP degree reflects the effort and requirements needed to practice competitively in today’s healthcare environment.


What can I do with a DNP?
A DNP can help advance your career in the direction of leadership in clinical practice.


Are there research opportunities in this program?
The DNP Scholarly Project will offer you opportunities to research, implement and evaluate a clinical practice or health policy issue.


Can you work full-time while in the DNP program?
Full-time work is possible. However, please keep in mind that the DNP is a full-time program, and the pace and intensity are demanding, especially in year 2 when clinical rotations begin.


How often will I need to come to campus?

On-campus sessions are required each quarter for 2-3 consecutive days.  These will occur in week 9 each quarter and will be held on Thursday-Saturday.In addition, the Prologue, Intersession, and Epilogue courses are a 3-5 day on-campus intensive sessions.


Is there campus housing or transportation for me during these on-campus sessions?

Our Visitor Center webpage has information on local hotels, and many provide shuttle service to UCI.  http://www.studentcenter.uci.edu/visitor-center/


What’s the course transfer policy for the DNP?
UCI does not accept transfer credit for doctoral programs.  If equivalent courses were taken in another graduate nursing program, up to 3 courses can be waived, however, the units would need to be made up by taking elective courses.


Is the GRE required?
No, the GRE is NOT required for the DNP program.


Is the student health insurance included in the fees?
No, it is not included.


Is this program eligible for fee waivers?
The DNP program is a self-supporting graduate professional degree program; thus, certain fee waivers traditionally accepted by the University of California may not be accepted (for example, we do not accept CalVet waivers).



ADMISSIONS

What if I can’t find a college professor or instructor to write a letter of recommendation for me?
One letter should be from a college professor or instructor who can assess your readiness for doctoral studies.  If this cannot be obtained, a letter from an individual who can assess your academic performance will be accepted.


What if my statistics course is over 5 years old?
If admitted, you will need to take another statistics course prior to fall entry. Your statistics course must have been completed within 5 years of beginning the DNP program. (ex. for students entering the DNP program in Fall 2019, their statistics course would be valid if it was completed between September 2014 and September 2019).


How can I best showcase my professional activities on the DNP application?
In your NursingCAS application, please highlight any presentations, publications, leadership roles in organizations or committees, research experience, and/or advocacy activities in which you have participated. Include the name of the agency or group, dates and experience.

Examples include QI projects, community outreach programs, and professional organization roles, any research work, publications, peer and/or poster presentations, etc.



CLINICAL REQUIREMENTS

For the DNP Family Nurse Practitioner program, do I need to find my own clinical preceptors?
The UCI School of Nursing has experienced preceptors in a variety of clinical sites and specialty areas in the Orange County and surrounding areas.  These NP, MD, DO and CNM preceptors are available to DNP/FNP students.  The School of Nursing coordinates the clinical placements. You may identify and recommend preceptors with whom you have networked for the purpose of clinical placements. All preceptors must be vetted by the UCI DNP program, and a formal affiliation must be established between the precepting entity and UCI prior to attending these clinical sites.


Where can I complete my DNP scholarly project?
You may complete the clinical hours which are part of the scholarly project in your place of employment or other clinical agency suitable to your project.


Do I need to live or relocate to California?
You must live in California prior to the start of your clinical practicum courses in January of year 2 and are required to complete your DNP APRN Practicum courses in California. You must hold an active, unrestricted California RN license during your tenure in the program.


When will clinical hours begin?
The first clinical practicum course begins in January of Year 2.


Am I required to go through a background check?
The School of Nursing will coordinate this with an external agency.

BS FAQ2018-11-14T16:02:37+00:00

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.


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?Transfer applicants will be notified of admissions decisions electronically via your message center on MyAdmissionsApplication@UCI 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.


Is there a waiting list?
No, the Nursing Science program does not maintain a waiting list.


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 Associate 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). http://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.

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