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Do you…

  • See problems in health care and think of solutions?
  • Want to improve health systems and advance health?
  • Find value in diversity?

If this is you, picture yourself at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, an exciting destination for students who share a passion for the nursing profession. This is a school for committed, creative leaders who want to advance health, improve quality of care and shape policy. The UC Davis School of Nursing was established in March 2009 through a $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Click here to learn more about the history of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

The UC Davis School of Nursing currently offers five programs of graduate study. All five programs are led by the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group, an interprofessional team of more than 50 faculty members from disciplines including nursing, medicine, health informatics, nutrition, biostatistics, pharmacy, sociology and public health.  

The Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Programs are full-time for all five programs. Full-time students at UC Davis enroll in a minimum of 12 units per quarter. If students choose to work while going to graduate school, it is essential to have a flexible workplace that can accommodate classes, fieldwork or clinical experiences during the week and some weekends.

Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership core courses are offered at the Sacramento campus. Students must take both required core courses and electives. Appropriate elective courses are determined by the student in conjunction with his or her adviser. Elective courses are offered on a variety of days on both the Sacramento and Davis campuses.

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Doctor of Philosophy
This full-time, academic doctoral program prepares graduates as leaders in health care, health policy and as nurse faculty/researchers at the university level. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree.

Master of Health Services — Physician Assistant Studies
This program prepares graduates to deliver care as physician assistants. A primary goal of the physician assistant program is to improve the availability of culturally relevant primary care to underserved populations and educate clinicians to deliver care as a member of a health care team.

Master of Science — Leadership
This full-time, professional degree program prepares graduates for health-care leadership roles in a variety of organizations and as nurse faculty at the community-college level. Applicants must have a current registered nurse license and a bachelor’s degree.

Master of Science — Nurse Practitioner
This program prepares graduates to deliver care as family nurse practitioners. A primary goal of the nurse practitioner program is to improve the availability of culturally relevant primary care to underserved populations and educate clinicians to deliver care as a member of a health care team.   

Master’s Entry Program in Nursing
This full-time program prepares graduates to deliver care as registered nurses. Graduates of the program are qualified to take the national licensing examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses, eligible for certification as a Public Health Nurse. They earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree.