Nursing Student Affairs Office’s Mission

The Nursing Student Affairs Office’s mission is to facilitate the academic development of Nursing Science students, and to assist them in achieving their academic, personal, and professional goals by providing high quality academic advising and counseling. Our highly experienced academic counselors work with all prospective and current undergraduate and graduate students.

Nursing Student Affairs Staff

Megan Enciso, M.Ed. (she, her hers)
Director of Student Affairs
menciso1@uci.edu

Kim Cattarusa-Bernard

Kim Cattarusa-Bernard, M.Ed. (she, her, hers)
Academic Counselor | BS, MEPN
kcattaru@uci.edu

Chanelle Guillaume

Chanelle Guillaume M.Ed. (she, her, hers)
Academic Counselor | DNP, PhD
cguillau@uci.edu

Cherry Chan

Cherry Chan (she, her, hers)
Student Affairs Officer | Events, Evaluations, Scheduling
chuimc@uci.edu

nursing junior nikita paul

Nikita Paul
Peer Academic Advisor

uci nursing school student kelley cowan wonders about the future amid coronavirus pandemic

Kelley Cowan
Peer Academic Advisor

Enrolled Undergraduate Student Resources
Enrolled Graduate Student Resources
Resources for Students

Contact Us

Address:

802 West Peltason
272 Berk Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-3959

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday
9 AM – 12 PM & 1 PM – 4 PM

Phone: 949-824-1514
Fax:   949-824-0470

Undergrad Email: nssao@uci.edu
Grad Email: gnsao@uci.edu

Website: nursing.uci.edu

Zot Chat

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:

  • Policies and Procedures
  • Degree Requirements
  • Change of Major Requirements
  • Prerequisite Information
  • Enrollment Issues

Zot Chat is intended for questions that can be answered quickly. Please email Nursing Student Affairs or schedule an appointment with an academic counselor to discuss questions and/or advisement that require more time.

NOTE: Zot Chat is NOT intended to answer questions related to:

  • Career Counseling
  • Admissions Counseling
  • Transcript Evaluation
  • Graduation Checks
  • 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/.

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Zot Chat Hours

Monday-Friday 9:00am-12:00pm

Monday-Friday 1:00pm-4:00pm

*Hours may vary depending on advisor availability

Enrolled Undergraduate Student Resources

Please view the following information before your Orientation:

  • UCI General Catalogue – Refer to the Catalogue for course descriptions, university policies, prerequisite information, and major and minor requirements
  • Major Requirements – Undergraduate Degree Requirements for the Nursing Science major
  • GE Requirements – GE considerations for Nursing Science majors
  • Registering for Classes – View the tutorials below under ‘Resources for Students’ for directions on how to view the schedule of classes and register for classes
  • Schedule of Classes – View all of the course offerings for the upcoming quarter
  • New Student Checklist – View the New Student Checklist for Freshmen and Transfers
  • Incoming transfer students should email nssao@uci.edu with any questions regarding their prerequisite coursework

General Academic Policies and Procedures 

  • What courses for the major can I take at a Community College?  
    • Nursing Science students can take lower division degree requirements at Community Colleges, including GE requirements and non-science lower-division major requirements, except for the following requirements: 
      • Lower Division and Upper Division Writing (GE Category I) 
      • BIO SCI and CHEM lower-division major requirements 
    • Students who take courses at a community college must take those courses for a letter grade.  Non-science, lower-division courses required for the major taken at another institution must be completed with a letter grade of B or better. GE courses taken at another institution must be completed with a letter grade of C or better. 
  • How do I know which courses to take at Community College and what they’ll count for at UCI? 
    • Students can utilize assist.org to determine transfer-ability of coursework from California Community Colleges to UC Irvine.  Students should select the “Nursing Science, B.S.” major to review transferable lower-division requirements.  Students with questions about how to navigate assist.org can reach out to Nursing Science peer advisors for assistance. 
  • I heard that if I don’t pass a class, I get kicked out of the major.  Is that true? 
    • Nursing Science students are provided with an updated Student Handbook that reviews course failure and course repeat policies in greater detail.  While each student situation may be unique, in general students are required to pass Nursing Science required courses with a letter grade “C” or better.  If students are concerned about their grade in a course, they should reach out to a Nursing Science Advisor for additional assistance and guidance. 

Nursing Science Enrollment 

  • Other students outside of Nursing Science are required to take Chem 1LC for their major and it’s listed as a co-requisite with Chem 1C in the UCI Catalogue, but it’s not listed on the Nursing Science curriculum plan.  Do I need to enroll in it? 
    • No. Nursing Science students do not need to enroll in Chem 1LC.  Certain prerequisite requirements are waived for Nursing Science students only; students should refer to Nursing Course plans and emails from Nursing Student Affairs.  Students with additional questions about coursework should contact Student Affairs for assistance. 
  • Chem 51A and Bio Sci 97 look like they are restricted for other majors/have prerequisites that I haven’t completed.  How will I enroll these courses? 
    • The Nursing Science Student Affairs office will work with first year Nursing Science students in Spring quarter to enroll in those courses for the Fall quarter of their second year.  They should look out for an email from staff with additional information in the Spring. 
  • I haven’t completed all of the prerequisites for my Second Year Bio Sci courses listed in the UCI General Catalogue. How will I enroll in these courses? 
    • Nursing Science students have certain prerequisites waived for them Chemistry 51A and all Bio Sci courses required for Nursing Science students during the second year in the program.  Starting in the Spring quarter of the first year, Nursing Science Student Affairs staff will email students each quarter with specific instructions for enrollment in Chem 51A and Bio Sci courses taken in the second year. 
  • Why isn’t Bio Sci E112L listed on the Summer Session website? Is it not being offered this summer? 
    • The Bio Sci E112L course offered during Summer Session I is reserved for Nursing Science students only and is not publicly listed on the Summer Session websiteSecond year students will receive specific instructions from Nursing Science Student Affairs Staff during Winter quarter about how to enroll in this course.  
  • Should I take both Bio Sci E112L and Bio Sci M118L during the summer between the second and third year in the program 
    • Students can enroll in both Bio Sci E11L and Bio Sci M118L during the summer between the second and third year in the program. However, students are strongly encouraged to avoid taking both of these courses in the same session due to the heavy course load associated with accelerated summer lab courses.  Students should reach out to Nursing Science Advising with additional questions or concerns. 
  • Can I take my required Bio Sci courses at a different time than what is listed on the curriculum plan, like later in the program during Junior or Senior year?  
    • No.  Nursing Science students have a strict course sequence and may not take Chem or Bio Sci courses during the third or fourth years in the program. 
  • I was accepted to the Nursing Science Major as a Change of Major student and already took some of the Sophomore Spring Quarter/Summer Session classes (e.g. Bio Sci D170, Bio Sci M122, Bio Sci M118L or Bio E112L).  Can I adjust my schedule to avoid a summer session before the start of Junior Year? 
    • It’s possible that you can adjust the Sophomore/Second year coursework schedule, but you should always consult with your Nursing Science Academic Counselor in advance to discuss your options before enrolling in an alternate schedule or dropping courses. 
  • I’m trying to enroll in a course and I’m receiving a message that I can’t exceed the maximum number of units. What should I do? 
    • Contact Nursing Science Student Affairs at nssao@uci.edu for more information about whether or not you can have the limit lifted. 
  • What is Nur Sci 199? How can I enroll in this course? 
    • Nur Sci 199 is considered “Independent Study.” Nur Sci 199 is a research course that allows students to work with Nursing Science faculty individually. The supervising faculty member must approve students who are interested in enrolling in this course. 

Other Nursing Science Questions 

  • What is the White Coat Ceremony? When does it happen? 
    • The White Coast Ceremony is an annual event designed to celebrate all incoming Third Year/Junior Nursing Science students and first year MEPN students.  The ceremony usually takes place on the first day of the Fall quarter. During the event, students officially receive their white coat which signals that students are ready for their clinical rotations.  
  •  Can I invite my family to the White Coat Ceremony? Is it open to the public? 
    • Yes, you can invite your family and friends to the ceremony. It is a free, private event and tickets are required, but the number of guest tickets per student are limited. Details will be sent out in July/August.  
  • When are students required to wear UCI Nursing Science scrubs?  
    • Students are required to follow guidelines for Professional Attire as outlined in the Student Handbook.  Students will receive information for ordering official scrubs before the start of clinical hours in the program (Year 3 and Year 4).  Students are also expected to abide by guidelines for professional attire in simulated clinical settings and when practicing clinical skills.  Students may reach out to their professors before the start of class if they are unclear whether or not scrubs are required. 
  • When do I find out about my clinical rotation assignment? 
    • Clinical rotations start in Spring Quarter of the Third Year (Junior Year) of the program and continue for the remainder of the program through preceptorship in the final quarter.  Every effort is made to notify students of clinical rotation assignments as soon as possible, but each quarter that timeline will vary as the School of Nursing works with different departments at different hospitals.  Students should plan to have as much flexibility in their schedules during clinical rotations as possible. 
  • Where will I be assigned for clinical rotations? 
    • The School of Nursing works with a variety of hospitals and organizations across Orange County.  The specific location that you are assigned to will depend on the type of rotation and the current agreements for that quarter.  You will find out more information about your location when you receive your clinical rotation assignment. 
  • I heard there are two graduation ceremonies in Nursing. What are they?  
    • Nursing Science students will attend UCI Commencement along with other students in the College of Health SciencesIn additionthe School of Nursing will hold a separate Pinning Ceremony that signifies the completion of the Nursing program. 
  • After I graduate from UCI, can I practice as a Registered Nurse? 
    • Graduating from the Nursing Science program will qualify you to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam.  Students who successfully pass the NCLEX-RN exam will earn their RN license in the state of California.  Applying to take the NCLEX-RN exam is the responsibility of the student.  Students receive detailed information about how to sign up to take the NCLEX-RN exam during the Spring quarter of their final year in the program. 

Enrolled Graduate Student Resources

Graduate Division

Associated Graduate Students of UCI

UAW Local 2865 (Student Workers Union)

Grad Funding

Fellowships Administered by Graduate Division

Other UCI Funding Sources

*Please note, certain fellowships from UCI’s Graduate Division may only be available to PhD students due to the state funded nature of the program.

  • What can I do with a DNP? 
    • A DNP can help advance your career in the direction of leadership in clinical practice. You can also use your DNP to work as a professor at the college and university level. 
  • What’s the course transfer policy or course substitution 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 2 courses can be waived/substituted, however, the units would need to be made up by taking elective courses. Please have the syllabus for each course you wish to petition and connect with the Faculty of Record and work with the DNP advisor to help you with the petition process. 
  • What is the difference between NS 298 and NS 299? 
    • 298 Directed Independent Study is an instructor driven exploration of a specific topic of interest beyond the courses already available, with assignments as appropriate.  
    • 299 Independent Study is for students who work closely with a faculty member, researching or working on projects as an extension of their required course requirements. To take an Independent Study class, the student in close consultation with the faculty member with whom they wish to study, must develop a proposal for a rigorous course of directed study including what the student wishes to accomplish and the number and length of faculty/student meetings. 
  • 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 about a day or day and a half.  These visits 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 days on-campus intensive sessions. 
  • Is there campus housing or transportation for me during these on-campus sessions? 

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. 
  • Can I work while I take classes in the MEPN program? 
    • The MEPN program is an accelerated, time-intensive program that requires a flexible schedule, especially for clinical rotations.  Some students are able to find flexible part-time work that can function around their coursework in MEPN, but all students should note that Nursing Science courses and requirements should come first before any outside work. 
  • Can I TA while I’m in the MEPN program? 
    • Some students are able to find and secure TAships while in the MEPN program, but these cases are not common.  The School of Nursing does not offer MEPN students TAships for Nursing Science courses, so it is up to the individual student to find and secure a TAship within a department on campus.  It is not recommended that students pursue TAship during their first quarter as they are adjusting to graduate-level nursing courses. 
  • When are MEPN students required to wear UCI Nursing Science scrubs?  
    • Students are required to follow guidelines for Professional Attire as outlined in the Student Handbook.  Students will receive information for ordering official scrubs during orientation in the summer before starting the program.  Students are also expected to abide by guidelines for professional attire in simulated clinical settings and when practicing clinical skills.  Students may reach out to their professors before the start of class if they are unclear whether or not scrubs are required. 
  • When do I find out about my clinical rotation assignment? 
    • Clinical rotations start in Spring Quarter of Year One of the program and continue for the remainder of the program through preceptorship in the final quarter.  Every effort is made to notify students of clinical rotation assignments as soon as possible, but each quarter that timeline will vary as the School of Nursing works with different departments at different hospitals.  Students should plan to have as much flexibility in their schedules during clinical rotations as possible. 
  • Where will I be assigned for clinical rotations? 
    • The School of Nursing works with a variety of hospitals and organizations across Orange County.  The specific location that you are assigned to will depend on the type of rotation and the current agreements for that quarter.  You will find out more information about your location when you receive your clinical rotation assignment. 
  • Are MEPN students eligible to participate in the White Coat Ceremony? 
    • Yes. The White Coat Ceremony is an annual event designed to celebrate all incoming Third Year/Junior Nursing Science students and first year MEPN students.  The ceremony usually takes place on the first day of the Fall quarter. During the event, students officially receive their white coat which signals that students are ready for their clinical rotations. 
  • Can I invite my family to the White Coat Ceremony? Is it open to the public? 
    • Yes, you can invite your family and friends to the ceremony. It is a free, private event and tickets are required, but the number of guest tickets per student are limited. Details will be sent out in July/August. 
  • I heard there are two graduation ceremonies in Nursing. What are they?  
    • Nursing Science students will attend UCI Commencement along with other students in the College of Health Sciences. In addition, the School of Nursing will hold a separate Pinning Ceremony that signifies the completion of the Nursing program. 
  • After I graduate from the UCI MEPN program, can I practice as a Registered Nurse? 
    • Graduating from the Nursing Science program will qualify you to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam.  Students who successfully pass the NCLEX-RN exam will earn their RN license in the state of California.  Applying to take the NCLEX-RN exam is the responsibility of the student.  Students receive detailed information about how to sign up to take the NCLEX-RN exam during the Spring quarter of their final year in the program. 
  • When do Comprehensive Exams take place? 
    • Upon completion of all required coursework. This typically occurs during year 2 of the program. Information will be sent to you via email with details.  
  • Who is on my Comprehensive Exam committee? 
    • Your comprehensive exam committee will consist of your supervisor and two other Nursing faculty members.  
  • What is the difference between a 298 and 299 course? 
    • A 298 course is a directed study which should be enrolled in when you are completing a course with your professor that is intended to count towards your requirements. An example may be taking a 1-1 course with a professor in an area that we currently don’t offer. A 299 independent study is a course for students intending to further a project, research, or topic with a professor that goes beyond what is already studied.  
  • When do I enroll in 399 University Teaching? 
    • If you are assigned a TA position, you should enroll in the 399 course under the faculty whose class you will be assistingThe faculty member will instruct you on how many units to enroll in (typically 4 units for a 50% position, 2 units for a 25% position). 
  • When do I enroll in 296 Doctoral Dissertation Reading and Writing? 
    • After you complete all of your required coursework and advance to candidacy, you should enroll in 296 units with your chair and/or committee members as you work on your dissertation. You will need to be enrolled in 12 units per quarter to retain full-time status. 
  • How do I enroll in a class for a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade? 
    • You cannot change your grade option to S/U in WebReg, so you will need to request this option from the faculty teaching the class. In order to pass with an ‘S’ grade, you must earn a ‘B’ or better. A ‘B-’ grade and below is considered unsatisfactory progress and not passing for graduate students. The faculty member has the right to decide whether or not to assign a letter grade or S/U grade. S/U grades to not get calculated into your GPA.  
  • If I missed the guaranteed housing deadline when I was admitted can I receive it later on? 
    • Unfortunately, no. Priority housing takes place only when you are newly admitted to the program. 
  • When will I know if I am assigned as a TA or GSR? 
    • You will receive an email sometime in July with your work assignment. If you are chosen as a TA, you will receive details each quarter (around week 7) regarding your TA assignment including the class, hours, and responsibilities.  
  • How do I know what my funding package looks like? 
    • Please refer to your original offer letter which details your individual funding package. Each year that you are funded, you will receive your work assignment sometime in July. It is your responsibility to accept the assignment in order to qualify for tuition and fee remission. For funding questions, please email the Director of Student Affairs.  
  • How do I pick my Advancement to Candidacy committee members? 
    • Your advancement to candidacy committee should consist of 5 members. The chair and the majority of the committee must be from the School of Nursing, and you must have one outside member, which is a faculty member outside of the School of Nursing. After passing the comprehensive exam, students must submit the Nursing PhD Committee Membership form to the Student Affairs Office. The Student Affairs Office will then confirm with the Graduate Division if the chosen committee complies with Senate rules. Once your committee is approved, you may then complete the Nursing Proposal Defense form and submit to gnsao@uci.edu for approval. Once approved and passed, you will need to complete the Graduate Division’s PhD Form 1, pay the $90 at the Cashier’s Office, and submit the form with payment stamp to the Graduate Division. 
      • From UCI senate regulations 905-935  
        • CANDIDACY COMMITTEE 
          • Chair 
            • Primary or joint appointment in student’s department/academic unit 
            • Voting member of senate 
            • NO EXCEPTIONS 
          • General Members
            • 2 members must have primary/joint appointment in student’s department/academic unit 
            • 3rd member can be UC senate (not necessarily from Irvine) or below by exception 
            • Non-voting SENATE, faculty from other universities, non-senate faculty with equivalent scholarly standing BY EXCEPTION ONLY 
            • Majority of committee (including chair and outside member) must hold primary/joint appointment in student’s department/academic unit 
          • Outside member 
            • Must be from Irvine division 
            • May NOT hold primary OR JOINT appointment in student’s department/academic unit 
            • Represents “faculty at large” 
            • Serves as unbiased independent judge 
            • NO EXCEPTIONS 
          • Appointment Procedures 
            • Approval of committee is by academic unit chair or designee 
            • Exceptions are approved by Dean of Graduate Division 
  • How do I pick my Doctoral committee for my PhD Form 2? 
    • Your doctoral committee needs a minimum of 3 members. The chair must be from the School of Nursing as well as the majority of the committee. When you are ready to defend your dissertation, fill out the Nursing PhD Dissertation Defense form and submit it to gnsao@uci.edu at least two weeks prior to your defense date. Once approved, you will need to bring the Graduate Division PhD Form 2 to your defense to obtain appropriate signatures. After passing your dissertation defense, submit signed and completed PhD Form 2 to the Graduate Division. Make sure to review the PhD Form 2 prior to your defense to learn how to file your dissertation with the library.
      • From UCI senate regulations 905-935 
        • DOCTORAL COMMITTEE 
          • Chair 
            • Hold primary of joint academic appointment in academic unit supervising the doctoral program 
            • No exceptions 
          • Members 
            • 3 voting members of UC academic Senate (not necessarily Irvine) 
            • Equivalent standing members by exception only 
            • Majority should be affiliated with the program/unit 
            • At least one member must hold primary appointment in the student’s department/academic unit 
          • Appointment Procedures 
            • Members approved by academic unit chair or designee 
            • Exceptions are approved by Dean of Graduate Division 

Resources for Students

  • Books– Browse through the campus bookstore to view graduate textbook costs
  • Estimated Expenses and Fees– Check current tuition and fees
  • Financial Aid– The financial aid office provides students and families with financial resources concerning student loans, grants and campus-wide scholarships
  • Nursing Scholarships – A number of nursing scholarships for current Juniors, Seniors, and MEPN students are distributed each year through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Please visit their website for application information. A DNP and PhD call for scholarship applications is sent out through the School of Nursing via email each summer.
  • Zot Account– View your account balance, tuition and fee assessment, and financial aid funding