The Master’s Entry Program in Nursing prepares new nurses as leaders in quality and safety, advocates for diverse patient populations and agents of change for healthier communities. Graduates of the program are qualified to take the national licensing examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses, eligible for certification as a Public Health Nurse and earn a Master of Science in Nursing Degree.

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Preparing nurses

Also known as an accelerated program, this master’s degree program offers the quickest route to registered nursing licensure for adults who already completed an undergraduate degree in another discipline and also completed prerequisite courses to transition into the nursing profession.

Guided by the School of Nursing’s core values of leadership development, interprofessional and interdisciplinary education, transformative research, cultural inclusiveness and innovative technology, the entry-level master’s-degree program takes 18 months (six consecutive quarters including summers) to complete. Core courses are offered summer, fall, winter and spring quarters on the UC Davis Sacramento campus. Students typically attend class Monday through Friday and should expect that some quarters they must complete courses and clinical experiences during evenings and weekends. An example course listing can be viewed here.

A mandatory Leadership Immersion Experience serves as an orientation for students. This full-time, three-day experience runs the week prior to the first summer quarter. Throughout their time together, students interact with School of Nursing leadership, participate in team building and develop one-on-one faculty relationships. The week serves as the foundation for the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate program curriculum.


  • International graduate requirements
  • Full-time enrollment (13-16 units per quarter) is required
  • A final capstone portfolio project and a comprehensive final exam are required; no thesis is required
  • M.S.N. students are expected to complete the program in six quarters
  • Students in the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing are required to follow the standard curriculum for a total of 92 units. Required courses include 33 units of graduate core courses plus 27 units of clinical and 32 units of theory courses required by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). There are no electives in the requirements. Students must enroll full-time for the required number of units per quarter for six consecutive quarters including academic, clinical, lab and seminar units. All core courses must be completed for a letter grade.
  • Essential abilities and technical standards for students