Resources for Students


The School of Nursing gives direction and provides information to interested potential applicants to the B.S., M.S.N., Ph.D. and Post Master's programs through admissions information sessions. The admissions information sessions are presented in a group format with a number of scheduled speakers. We encourage participants to arrive prior to the beginning of the session. Refer to the program of interesft and click on the Admissions Information Sessions link.

On acceptance to the school, most students are assigned a faculty adviser to aid in planning their total program. Students are encouraged to meet with their adviser each term to evaluate progress, to identify academic and personal needs and match them with available school and University resources, to confirm University and course requirements, and to maximize the student's abilities to reach educational and professional goals. Freshman and sophomore students in the Traditionalf BS program will meet with the Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator to plan their program of study. Upon entering their junior year, Traditional BS students will be assigned to a faculty advisor.

Background Check

Most clinical facilities require a background check for students participating in clinical practice.

Biomedical Library

The UCLA Louise Darling Biomedical Library is conveniently located for students next door to the Factor Building. The Louise Darling Biomedical Library consisting of over 530,000 volumes and 6,000 periodicals, serves as the professional library for students in medicine, nursing, and the life sciences. Facilities of the University Library and all branches of it are also available to students in nursing. More than six and one half million books and thousands of periodicals are provided through the facilities of the University Library.

Child Care

UCLA Child Care Services offers options to assist B.S., M.S.N. and Ph.D. students who will need to find quality child care. For information on child care options for UCLA students in academic programs, go to:

Commencement – B.S., M.S.N. & Ph.D. Programs

Commencement for the UCLA School of Nursing will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. Seating in Royce Hall will be by ticket only. Tickets will be distributed to students in May. All students completing the degree-conferring programs, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Philosophy during the 2014-2015 academic year are encouraged to participate. Students who are scheduled to graduate will receive a Commencement Packet during the Winter Quarter.

Additional information is available at the following sites:

Campus Commencement – Schedule of Commencement Events
Graduation Etc. – Graduation Portraits, Announcements, Rings and Regalia
Campus Map – Event locations and nearby parking
Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau – Locate Accommodations and Restaurants

Computer Literacy Requirement

Use of a computer is an important skill that professional nurses require for accessing information. School of Nursing students should be familiar with basic computer operations and have a working knowledge of Windows. During the course of their studies within the school, students will be expected to use email, an Internet Browser, word processing and computer presentation programs. Students needing to increase their computer skills should enroll in classes at the community college or take commercial training courses before attending UCLA.


The UCLA School of Nursing is housed in the Louis and Doris Factor Health Sciences Building on the south end of campus in the 35-acre Center for the Health Sciences. The Center for the Health Sciences houses the Schools of Nursing, Dentistry, Public Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine. Nearby on the UCLA campus are the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, Jules and Doris Stein Eye Institute, Doris Stein Eye Research Center, Reed Neurological Research Center and the Louise Darling Biomedical Library. The Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital is located within 4.6 miles of campus.

A Microcomputer lab is available for all nursing students in the Biomedical Library near the School of Nursing. Students will be required to establish a Bruin OnLine account in the Microcomputer Lab, as part of their course requirement during the first year in the program. Because many faculty use e-mail to communicate with students regarding course requirements, changes, etc., students will be required to provide their UCLA Bruin OnLine e-mail account for communications from UCLA School of Nursing faculty and staff.

Official Publications/Policies

The Announcement of the UCLA School of Nursing contains detailed information about the school, areas of study, degree programs and requirements, and course listings. In addition to the Announcement, the faculty has prepared handbooks for many of the programs. UCLA campus publishes the General Catalog, Schedule of Classes, Standards and Procedures for Graduate Study at UCLA, and Program Requirements for UCLA Graduate Degrees. UCLA School of Nursing students are held responsible for complying with University rules, regulations, policies, and procedures described in the official publications. Students are also responsible for the observance of official notices posted for their information. You can find the UCLA General Catalog and Schedule of Classes as well as University fees in the UCLA Registrar's Office website.  You can find the Graduate Division publications Standards and Procedures for Graduate Study and Program Requirements for Graduate Degrees on their website.

Student Health Services

The Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center located at 221 Westwood Plaza, provides registered UCLA students a complete range of preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic health services at little or no cost. In cooperation with UCLA's Center for the Health Sciences and other community health resources, SHS provides general outpatient health care to students in the B.S., M.S.N. and Ph.D. programs through its primary care clinic, with referrals to specialty medical and surgical clinics. For more information visit the Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center website

Students in the Post Master's Program are enrolled in a non-degree conferring program. They are expected to provide their own health coverage because they do not have access to the student health facilities on campus.

Reduced Fees for UC Employees

UC employees who meet the criteria established by the Human Resources Department may apply for an employee discount on their education fee. For further information, students should contact their own Human Resources Department. UCLA Employees who meet the criteria may use this form: UCLA Employee Discount Form.  Students employed at other UC campuses should consult their Human Resources Department for the appropriate form.


Alpha Tau Delta

Alpha Tau Delta is a professional fraternity for nurses that was founded in 1921 at the University of California, Berkeley. College chapters are established only in schools of nursing fully accredited by the National League for Nursing. Alpha Tau Delta is also a charter member of the Professional Fraternity Association.

The purposes of Alpha Tau Delta are to further higher professional educational standards for those in the nursing profession, develop character and leadership, organize the social life of its members as a contributing factor to their educational program, and form a close bond of friendship, fellowship, mutual helpfulness, and understanding among those in the nursing profession.

Men and women are eligible for membership in the UCLA Gamma Chapter. Students must be recognized for their high professional, moral, and scholastic standards to be eligible for membership.

Sigma Theta Tau International

Sigma Theta Tau is the only international honor society for nurses. It recognizes individuals for leadership qualities, superior achievement, high professional standards, creative work, and commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession. UCLA's Gamma Tau Chapter was established in spring 1978.

Graduate Students Association (Campus)

The Graduate Students Association (GSA) is the official organization representing the interests of UCLA graduate students in academic, administrative, campus and statewide areas. The School of Nursing belongs to GSA's Health Sciences Council. The Health Sciences Council is made up of students from the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing.

Doctoral Students in Nursing Association

The primary purpose of the Doctoral Students in Nursing Association (DNSA) is to provide an organized voice for doctoral nursing students within the School of Nursing and greater university community. DNSA represents the collective interest of UCLA doctoral nursing students, organizes activities with the goal of enhancing the education experience, and provides doctoral nursing student input for School of Nursing aims including curriculum development and educational quality improvement. DNSA also encourages support, networking, and collegiality among doctoral nursing students through the sponsorship of social and professional events.

Graduate Students in Nursing Association

The Graduate Students in Nursing Association (GSNA) is the official organization of the graduate students in nursing. The primary purpose of the organization is to further enhance graduate education by offering the graduate student opportunities for leadership experience, furnishing an avenue for student and student/faculty interaction, providing a forum for addressing issues pertinent to the nursing profession, and fostering student participation in the greater University community.

All graduate students enrolled in the School of Nursing are members of GSNA by virtue of their graduate student standing and are urged to become active participants.

Undergraduate Students Association (Campus)

Student self-government, with its accompanying co-curricular program, is organized and administered by the Associate Students of UCLA, in which all undergraduates hold membership by virtue of paying the ASUCLA fee. For more information, visit the Undergraduate Students Association website.

Nursing Students at UCLA

All undergraduate nursing students at UCLA are invited to become members of Nursing Students at UCLA (NSUCLA), which strives to facilitate interaction among students and between students and the School of Nursing faculty and staff. NSUCLA also seeks to further the quality of education in the School of Nursing through representation on all major faculty committees.

Latino Student and Alumni Association

The purpose of the Latino Student and Alumni Association is to promote networking opportunities and visibility, to further educational goals, create personal connections that lead to mentoring and empowerment, and promote success in learning from one another. All students and alumni are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Pan African Nursing Student and Alumni Association

The Pan African Nursing Student and Alumni Association (PANSAA) provides a forum to address the academic and social concerns of black students enrolled in the UCLA School of Nursing. Student members of PANSAA benefit from the mentorship, networking and guidance of alumni of the UCLA School of Nursing. The PANSAA also assists in recruiting and retaining students of color in the School of Nursing and seeks to enrich the community through service with the collaborative efforts of existing UCLA organizations and local agencies.