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As the largest group of health care professionals in the United States, nurses are essential to providing high-quality patient care. Nurses have also ranked as the most honest and trusted professionals in America by Gallup Research for nearly 20 years.

UC Schools of Nursing offer you rigorous preparation to improve the delivery of health care for patients through education, direct clinical care and research. They also provide a chance to provide greater access to quality care for Californians who have historically lacked that access. 

UC Schools of Nursing graduate nurses who are grounded in patient care that is informed by research and combined with a focus on community improvement. UC-trained nurses remain in California in high numbers. If you are interested in nursing training that is compassionate, challenging and research-driven, we want to hear from you.

Leading California — and the Nation

Our nursing schools are among the best in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report and other rankings.

With a variety of degree options, our schools of nursing are designed to address future health provider workforce shortages across California and beyond.

UC Davis

#23 Best Nursing Schools: Master’s

UC Irvine

#42 Best Nursing Schools: Master’s


#19 Best Nursing Schools: Master’s


#11 (tie) Best Nursing Schools: Master’s

Degree Programs Offered Across the UC System for Nursing

MEPN (Master’s Entry Program in Nursing) BS in Nursing Science BS in Nursing MEPN (Master's Entry Program in Nursing)
MS – Family Nurse Practitioner MEPN (Master’s Entry Program in Nursing) with concentration in Community and Population Health Nursing (CPHN) MSN – Masters Entry Clinical Nurse (MECN) MS - Master of Science Program
MHS MS (Master of Health Services) – Physician Assistant Studies DNP – Post-Master’s MSN – Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) MS in Health Care Administration and Interprofessional Leadership
PhD in Nursing DNP –  Family Nurse Practitioner PhD in Nursing Post-Master’s Certificate Program
  PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science DNP - Doctor of Nursing Practice UC Multi-Campus Psychiatric Mental Health NP Post-Master's
      PhD in Nursing 
      PhD in Sociology 
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Starting a Health Career at UC

More than 70 percent of UC nursing graduates typically choose to practice nursing in California. Our graduates are equipped to work in a variety of settings: acute care hospitals, ambulatory care, skilled nursing, extended care and rehabilitation centers, home health and disease management. As a system with six highly respected academic health centers, we give nursing students many opportunities to advance their career within the UC family.

Explore patient care within our six academic health centers

Students in Lab

Using Research to Inform Patient Care

Research is an integral component of how we continually move nursing and patient care forward. Across our nursing schools, we offer both PhD and DNP programs to allow you to choose your nursing and research focus. Research is also part of the lifeblood of the UCH system. One in seven National Institutes of Health grants is typically awarded to the University of California.

See how University of California Health is challenging the status quo through innovative research