Post-Baccalaureate in Pre-Nursing Studies

Complete rigorous math and science courses to prepare to apply for accelerated undergraduate nursing programs or entry-level M.S. studies. 

This program is perfect for...

  • Students planning for nursing careers
  • Prospective nursing school applicants looking to boost their GPA
  • Aspiring career-transition nurses lacking previous undergraduate math and science coursework
  • Enrollees needing flexible part-time, full-time, and evening class schedules
  • Students interested in taking individual pre-nursing courses
  • Professionals seeking networking opportunities with program instructors and alumni

What you can learn.

  • Study the UCLA curriculum recognized and respected by top medical and professional schools
  • Learn the core disciplines of anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, and statistics
  • Experience rigorous and research-informed academic content
  • Cover a wide variety of subjects from other science disciplines, in addition to the humanities and social sciences

Enhance your nursing school application.

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The UCLA Extension Post-Baccalaureate in Pre-Nursing Studies is designed to provide foundational classes for students planning on applying to entry-level master’s programs or accelerated bachelor’s programs in nursing. 

The Certificate is a rigorous full-service offering geared toward working adults; curriculum courses in math and the sciences may fulfill nursing school prerequisites. In addition to evening and weekend classes, expert program advisors, instructors who work in the field and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, the program delivers key continuing education needs such as:

  • The latest information about emerging research in the health sciences 
  • Academic counseling and resources, including student orientation, optional resume critiques and answers to questions about completing nursing school applications
  • Support during the nursing school application process
  • Optional workshops on writing a personal statement 
  • Help identifying sources for nursing volunteer hours, including potential opportunities with the Nursing Volunteer Program at UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital

Format: In-Person + Limited Online Courses
Duration: 1 year (full-time), 2 years (part-time)

Our Advisory Board includes licensed, practicing health care professionals in
the nursing field. Members participated in curriculum development and review, determining admission requirements, and vetting instructors. They include:

  • Barbara Bates-Jensen PhD, RN, WOCN, FAAN, Professor, UCLA School of Nursing
  • Suzette Cardin RN, PhD, former Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at UCLA School of Nursing
  • Cord Kirshner RN, MSN, Clinical Nurse, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Khanh Luu RN, MSN, Nursing Volunteer Program Manager, UCLA Health System
  • Michelle Tolentino RN, MSN, Director of Nursing Administration, UCLA Health System

Earned credits are transferable to UC and Cal State University campuses, as well as many universities nationwide (some limitations may apply).

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Virtual Open House

Learn how our program can help you achieve your pre-nursing goals in this informative, interactive session with an opportunity for general advising.

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Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
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Statistics Requirement
Complete one of the following courses in statistics. 
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring

How to Get Started

Courses in this program are open enrollment, and each class is paid for individually. You may take courses without committing to the program however, establishing candidacy provides many benefits exclusive to our certificate students.

To fulfill program requirements, students must complete a total of 37 units—including nine required classes and two optional electives—with a grade of “C” or better in each course.

Students are required to maintain a quarterly “B” (3.0) average GPA in the Certificate. Any student not meeting minimum scholarship standards will be contacted by the Student Affairs Officer working in the Department, and offered resources and counseling.

How to Apply

  1. Click the Apply Now button below
  2. Login or create a new student account
  3. Once you are logged into the student portal, you can select “My Applications” from the left side menu at any time to return to your application. Click the yellow “Start” button to proceed.
  4. On the Certificate Application page, follow the instructions and click save. Then submit your application. 
  5. Proceed to checkout and pay the nonrefundable candidacy fee to finalize your application. 

This certificate is approved for international students (F-1 student visa).

Students participating in courses offered solely by UCLA Extension must meet the English Language Requirements outlined below. Any international student interested in taking classes on UCLA’s main campus must adhere to the English Requirements outlined for UCLA courses.

Acceptable tests and minimum scores

Scores that are equal to or higher than the listed minimum scores from the following tests, taken within the past two years, can satisfy the English proficiency requirement.

  • TOEFL: 80 (iBT)
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • iTEP: 4.5
  • CAE: B (CEFR C1)
  • CPE: C (CEFR C2)
  • TOEIC: 685
  • DUOLINGO (DET): 105

While no other type of test score is accepted in general, students who are affected by test center closures may request an exception to submit an alternate test score.

International Baccalaureates (IB) students or students currently enrolled in an academic institution where the primary language of instruction is English may submit an official academic transcript or verification of enrollment from their school as proof of English proficiency.

Learn more:

International Students: How to Apply

Academic Requirements & English Language Proficiency

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

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For students interested in applying to medical school or other pre-health programs, UCLA Extension also offers a post-baccalaureate certificate program in Pre-Medical and General Science Studies.

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