Bachelor of Science in Nursing Science

The BS in Nursing Science program, in the top 6% of programs ranked by US News & World Report, is designed for students interested in a nursing career and seeking their first bachelor’s degreeOur 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. 

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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. Nursing Science students must take required science prerequisite courses at UCI, unless admitted directly to the Nursing Science major as a transfer student.

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).

Sample Curriculum Plans

You may review the curriculum plan for our Bachelor of Science in Nursing Science program here.