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    School of Nursing

History and Accreditation


In 1949, the Regents of the University of California authorized the School of Nursing as one of the professional schools of the UCLA Center for the Health Sciences. This action paved the way in 1950 for the opening of an undergraduate traditional program in nursing leading to the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. In 1997 the original traditional BS program curriculum was revised to meet the educational needs of students who are registered nurses with Associate Degrees or diplomas in nursing. In 2006 the school reinstated a traditional/prelicensure BS program with admission at the freshman level. In 2010 the BS (Generic/Prelicensure) program was renamed to the BS (Prelicensure) program.

In 1951 a graduate program leading to the Master of Science (MS) degree in Nursing was established to prepare baccalaureate graduates for advanced practice nursing roles. In 1966 the Master of Nursing (MN) degree was established as an alternate option to the MS degree, which was discontinued in 1969. In 1996 the Office of the President and the Regents approved the change in the master’s degree designation from MN to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), which is still awarded to graduates prepared as nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists. In 2006 the school launched the master’s entry clinical nurse (MECN)/prelicensure option within the MSN degree program, which is designed for prelicensure students with bachelor’s degrees or higher education in another discipline.

In 1986 the Regents approved the Doctor of Nursing Science (DNSc) degree program, and in 1987 the first doctoral students were admitted. In 1995 the change in doctorate degree designation from DNSc to PhD in Nursing was approved. In 2013 an en-route MS option was established within the existing PhD program. In 2015 UCLA approved conversion of the DNSc degree to a PhD for former DNSc graduates.

The prelicensure (BS and MECN) and advanced practice master’s programs are approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. In 2011 the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the existing bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for a term of 10 years, the longest award period that can be granted.

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