Major Preparation in the School of Nursing

The UCLA School of Nursing offers a prelicensure baccalaureate program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree.

Applicants to the School of Nursing must fill out the UC Application and a supplemental application.

Applicants must have 90 to 105 quarter units (60 to 70 semester units) of transferable coursework, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in all transferable courses and have fulfilled the University's American History and Institutions requirement. Applicants from a California community college must provide IGETC certification upon entrance; partial IGETC will not be accepted. Other transfer students must complete the School of Nursing’s general education requirements.

Key Points

  • Minimum GPA: 3.5
  • IGETC required; partial IGETC not accepted
  • Double-major possible: No
  • Supplemental application required: Yes
  • Supplemental Application due January 15, 2021

About the Major

The Prelicensure Nursing degree program is intended to prepare entry-level nurses to care for patients at the bedside. The program has been developed according to the principles of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, moving from a systems, population-based approach to a cohort-based or unit-based perspective, and culminating with an intense focus on individual-level of care. Strong emphasis will be placed on clinical leadership and critical thinking skills. This is a three year program.

Applicants must complete the following course requirements for the Prelicensure Nursing program with grades of C or better.

Course Requirements


  • One year of general biology for the major (cellular and molecular)
  • One year of general chemistry for the major
  • One semester of organic chemistry for the major
  • Human anatomy with lab
  • Human physiology with lab

Strongly recommended:

  • Introductory or general microbiology
  • Introductory psychology
  • Introduction to communication or speech
  • One course in calculus for life science or with analytic geometry


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