The UCSF School of Nursing offers programs to meet the needs and interests of a diverse student population. From our nursing entry program to our Master of Science Program, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and PhD programs, we're here to help you advance your nursing career and change health care for the better.
COVID-19 Information for Applicants
Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grades – UCSF will accept pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a unique and compelling context. In adopting this policy, we are cognizant of the fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for grades or on a Pass/Fail (or S/U) basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants should not feel pressured by UCSF to choose the graded option. Students and their families are facing many challenges at the moment. The pressure for grades need not be one of them.
Online Courses – Online courses and labs may be taken to meet prerequisite course requirements for the 2021-22 application cycle due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Online courses and labs are acceptable as long as they are from an accredited college or university that displays college credit on an official transcript. Preferred online lab formats are synchronous instructor-led labs or participation in a virtual lab. If you are uncertain about your specific plans, please contact the Office of Student Affairs prior to enrolling in the course.
|I hold a...||Which Program is right for me?|
Bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing
Bachelor’s degree in nursing or am a registered nurse with a non-nursing, four-year bachelor’s degree seeking an advanced practice roll
|Master of Science Degree Program|
|Bachelor’s degree in a health field or I am a non-clinical professional and seek a master’s in health care administration|
|Bachelor’s degree in nursing and seek a doctoral degree to lead innovative research||Doctoral Programs — PhD Nursing, PhD Sociology, DNP (please note you must be an APRN to be eligible for DNP)|
|Master’s degree in nursing and seek state certification in an additional specialty||Post-Master’s Certificate Program|
|PhD degree in nursing||Postdoctoral Studies|
Launch your nursing career with our three-year accelerated program leading to a Master of Science degree in nursing. This program is designed for applicants with no previous nursing preparation, but who hold a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field.
Train for the advanced nursing roles as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse-midwife, health policy expert, community/population health expert, administrator, teacher and consultant through our Master of Science degree program. Choose from our available specialties.
Learn from expert faculty, collaborate with interprofessional peers, contribute to your health care organization's mission and develop a network of colleagues committed to making health care accessible, affordable and sustainable.
Choose from three doctoral programs — the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), the PhD in Nursing and the PhD in Sociology — each with their own requirements and application deadlines.
Specialize in a specialty area or a specific area of interest with a curriculum that will meet your needs.
In addition, the UCSF School of Nursing, in collaboration with the UC Davis and UCLA Schools of Nursing, has launched remote-access training to prepare 300 psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners over five years. Explore our new Post-Master's offering.