Nurse Practitioner Program of the Month: UCLA

Selecting the ideal nurse practitioner program is certainly difficult.  You must consider expense, educational quality and the unique offerings of each prospective program.  Fortunately for nurse practitioner students, University of California Los Angeles School of Nursing offers at lot of 'extra's' making it the perfect fit for prospective NP's with a variety of interests.

The first thing that caught my eye about UCLA's nurse practitioner programs was the number of paths to they offer to the nurse practitioner profession.  Students who hold a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing are accommodated by the Master's Entry Clinical Nurse program.  This program allows students to complete a nursing degree followed by a seamless transition into the MSN program.  

A range of MSN specialties including Nursing Administration, Adult/ Gerontology Primary Care NP, Adult/ Gerontology Acute Care NP, Family Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner options are offered at UCLA.  Subspecialties create additional options for students.  For example, NP students in the Family Nurse Practitioner track may select a subspecialty in underserved populations which includes clinical placement opportunities in areas of medical need.  Adult/ Gerontology Primary Care nurse practitioner students may elect to specialize in occupational and environmental health.  UCLA's nurse practitioner specialty offerings are unique, presenting a wealth of educational options to NP students.

UCLA not only focuses on traditional nurse practitioner education but also on research and global outreach.  Faculty are committed to advancing the nursing profession and impacting health care abroad.  This commitment extends not only to professors, but to students as well.  Nursing students at UCLA have traveled across the globe from Uganda to Costa Rica spreading their newfound medical knowledge.  These global outreach programs allow students to put their education to practical use while making a difference in the lives of others.

Still not convinced UCLA's School of Nursing is the right place for your nurse practitioner education?  NP program graduates from UCLA enjoy an over 97 percent pass rate on the national nurse practitioner exam.  California residents also receive cost-effective tuition rates at UCLA when compared with other nurse practitioner programs.  If you are looking for the perfect fit for your nurse practitioner education, UCLA just might offer the right program for you.