Our Organization

As a vital part of a world-renowned health sciences campus, the UCSF School of Nursing fosters excellence, diversity and innovation in everything we do. Our rich history and dynamic present give ample proof of the global health care leadership we continue to provide. Our faculty members serve in advisory and leadership capacities in policy, health care delivery, and clinical and translational research. 

Separated by only a courtyard, School of Nursing faculty and students work closely with campus partners on joint research, patient care and education initiatives. Our students come from around the world. While here they combine their varied perspectives and fresh ideas with attentive mentoring and rigorous coursework to prepare for desperately needed leadership roles in patient care, research, health policy and academia. Our graduate specialties consistently rank among the best in U.S. News & World Report assessments of professional graduate programs.

The School of Nursing prepares the next generation of nurse leaders through its degree programs:

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
  • PhD in Nursing Program
  • PhD in Sociology Program
  • Master of Science Program
  • Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership Program
  • UC Multi-Campus Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners Post-Master's Certificate Program

Each degree program is led by a director who reports to the Associate Dean for Academic Programs. Faculty members support the degree programs and based on their professional expertise, they are each assigned to one of the School's departments. The School of Nursing is home to four departments — Community Health SystemsFamily Health Care NursingPhysiological Nursing and Social & Behavioral Sciences — and the Institute for Health & Aging, which is an organized research unit.


The Doctor of Nursing Practice program and the Master of Science degree program with a focus in nursing, both at UCSF, are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The Nurse-Midwifery/WHNP specialty at UCSF is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374; For information about accreditation, please contact ACME directly by calling 240-485-1802 or by email at [email protected]www.midwife.org/acme.

The UCSF School of Nursing graduate programs meet requirements set by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN):

  • The Nurse Practitioner specialties conform to the Board’s “Standards of Education for Nurse Practitioner Programs” (California Code of Regulations Section 1484) and has been approved by the BRN.
  • The Clinical Nurse Specialist specialties conform to the Board’s requirements for Clinical Nurse Specialist Certification but is not formally approved by the BRN.
  • The Certified Nurse-Midwifery specialty conforms to the Board’s “Standards for Nurse-Midwifery Programs” (California Code of Regulations Section 1462) and has been approved by the BRN.