BS in Nursing Science

The BS in Nursing Science program is designed for students who are seeking their first bachelor’s degree and who are interested in a career in nursingOur program provides an exceptional professional basis for practice as a registered nurse while concurrently building a scholarly foundation that positions our students at the forefront of career advancement opportunities in both health care and academic environments. 

  • Hands-on clinical practice with economically and socially diverse populations in the local communities 
  • Immersive high-tech simulation equipment
  • You are interested in future career advancement
  • Inter-disciplinary instruction, that includes biological, social, behavioral, medical, pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, are threaded throughout the curriculum
  • Leadership development 
  • 50% or more of our clinical placements are at UCI Medical Center

The undergraduate major in nursing prepares graduates who are able to:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking, clinical decision-making, and psycho-motor skills necessary for safe and competent practice.
  • Communicate clearly both verbally and in writing in a therapeutic and professional manner across a variety of health care environments.
  • Provide culturally sensitive care for individuals and families from various socio-cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
  • Incorporate principles of health promotion and health education in the nursing care of individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  • Implement a plan of care based on the nursing process that integrates nursing diagnoses, advocacy, and caring principles.
  • Integrate research while planning, implementing, and evaluating care for individuals, families, groups, and communities to ensure evidence-based practice.
  • Apply management and leadership principles in the delivery of health care to individuals and families in a variety of settings.
  • Articulate educational pathways leading to advanced degrees with preparation in research, clinical specialization, nursing education, or administration.
  • You are eager to pursue licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN)  
  • You wish to enter the health care environment with a competitive edge 
  • You will be interested in advancing your career in the future 
  • You desire full mobility to explore all nursing pathways 

Want to learn more about the different ways to become a Registered Nurse in California?  Read more about it our guide.


The Bachelor’s degree in Nursing Science is a four-year commitment for the traditional student. Students will complete their UCI general education requirements and basic science prerequisites in year-one and year-two before advancing to upper division nursing science courses in their junior and senior years.  

Transfer students will matriculate beginning their junior year. UCI Undergraduate students who wish to change their major into Nursing can apply during the fall quarter of their second or third year.

The nursing science curriculum provides education in theory and research-based clinical practice that focuses on critical thinking, human caring, and clinical knowledge. Interdisciplinary sciences are also weaved into the curriculum so that our graduates can address the span of health care needs. Most importantly, our program prepares our graduates for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). 

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