UCLA School of Nursing BSN Admissions Tips for Freshmen

The UCLA School of Nursing is an excellent option for those who are just finishing high school as well as junior college transfers. Currently, there is no BSN option for those who already hold a baccalaureate degree, but they’re encouraged to look into one of the graduate nursing options at UCLA such as their MSN program. Students who are above 60 semester units should consider finishing their current baccalaureate program and enter UCLA School of Nursing at the graduate level. Those with less than 60 semester units can apply as a transfer student, but spaces are extremely limited. The UCLA School of Nursing BSN program is designed to be four years, starting with the freshman year. High school candidates will have the advantage in the admissions process.

UCLA School of Nursing Admissions

When applying to UCLA School of Nursing, there are two admissions processes to get through. Neither of them are going to be easy. The first part is the general UCLA admissions application that all students use to apply for admissions at any of the colleges at UCLA. The second step is to fill out the supplemental application for the UCLA School of Nursing.

UCLA School of Nursing Requirements for Freshmen

To be considered a freshman applicant, the student must not have attempted any college course for credit since high school graduation with the sole exception of the summer term right after high school graduation

UCLA freshman applicants need to complete the University’s a-g high school subject requirements. The high school a-g courses required include:

a) 2 years of history / social science

b) 4 years of English

c) 3 years of mathematics (4 years recommended)

d) 2 years of laboratory science (3 years recommended)

e) 2 years of foreign language (3 years recommended)

f) 1 year of visual and performing arts

g) 1 year of courses not taken for requirements a-f. Those courses can include non-introductory courses in the visual and performing arts, social science, history, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science, the third year of a foreign language, or two years in a foreign language other than the one used for requirement e.

The freshman applicant also needs to take the SAT or ACT as well as the the SAT subject test. The SAT subject test is no longer required for admission to fall quarter 2012 or after.

  • Notice that there is no requirement to take any prerequisite college courses normally required for admissions to  almost any other nursing program in California.

School of Nursing Supplemental Application for Freshman Applicants

The supplemental application consists of two recommendations, a statement of purpose, and a resume. Because there is usually little college level coursework to evaluate for most freshman applicants, significant weight will be put on these other elements. The two people who will write recommendation letters must be listed on the application and must be changed in writing if needed. It’s best you decide on these two very carefully.  The two to three page statement of purpose needs to address suitability for undergraduate study as well as interest in nursing. The resume lists work, volunteer, and extracurricular activities in chronological order, which hopefully supports the student’s desire to become a nurse.

It is critical that all of your extracurricular activities as well as the letters of recommendation validate your strong interest in becoming a nurse since college science courses are far more difficult than those that you took in high school. Of course, this means you need stellar grades and test scores in high school as well.

The biggest advantage to getting into UCLA School of Nursing now is that there is no need to worry about applying to a nursing program later on. Lots of pre-nursing students with excellent science grades in college get turned down for nursing programs. If you’re able to get in based on your high school record, that will ensure that your nursing career won’t be delayed due to the intense competition to get into nursing programs at community colleges, four year universities, and at private universities all over California and the entire country.

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