UCSF School of Nursing

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UCSF School of Nursing is a nationally famous School of Nursing, having a rich legacy since 1917, when it was first founded in the Hospital Training School for Nurses for offering a diploma program by the University of California.

A baccalaureate degree, which was a five-year curriculum, was started in 1917 on the Berkeley campus in the Department of Hygiene, though diploma program was discontinued after 1934.

It was during March 17, 1939, the formation of a School of Nursing in the state university was authorized by the Regents and the faculty of the UCSF School of Nursing achieved full academic status in the

University and following years programs were added for the students including


  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Doctor of Nursing Science (D.N.S.)
  • Articulated BS/MS Program for Registered Nurses
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN)
  • M.S with Masters Specialty Areas


The Mission of UCFS School of Nursing is based on three elements, Teaching, Research and Practice, where teaching can create leadership roles in nursing clinical practice, leadership, teaching, health policy, and research. Research can offer Advance and innovative knowledge and theory for the organization, financing, and delivery of health care. And, Practice is demonstrats professional nursing practice excellence, which can benefit public highly. Public service is a central theme of UCFS mission.

Faculty, Staffs and Students

As of (2003-2005 data) UCFS nursing school comprised of 672 total faculties including, 155 salaried and 517 volunteer/emeritus. The strength of the staffs constituted of 348 members. 631students were enrolled for different programs, such as 75 for MEPN, 367 in MS, 160 in PhD (Nursing) and 29 for PhD (Sociology).


  • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has accredited the master’s program, including the MEPN pre-licensure segment.
  • The Public Health Nursing Certificate issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).
  • The MEPN program of study, Certified Nurse Midwifery and the Nurse Practitioner programs are approved by the BRN.
  • The Association of Certified Nurse Midwives accredits the Nurse Midwifery specialty within the master’s program.
  • UCSF School of Nursing was ranked #2 among US Schools of Nursing in National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding for 2009).
  • #1 ranking were achieved in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006. The ranking covers research grants, awards, and contracts.
  • The US News America’s Best Graduate School’s survey for 2007 accolade UCSF School of Nursing again as top ranked.