An update on COVID-19
At this time, there is no impact to the 2021 admissions process from the COVID-19 situation. All application requirements must be met to apply. We’ll continue to update this page should this information change.
Admissions and aid – Master of Science — Family Nurse Practitioner Degree Program
For additional information about applying to the family nurse practitioner program, including admission requirements and an overview of the application process, please view the video.
Online applications for summer incoming classes in the Master of Science — Family Nurse Practitioner Degree Program are available through NursingCAS. Applications open each year by Aug. 15 and close at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time) Oct 15.
- Current registered nurse (R.N.) licensure
- A bachelor's degree*
- A minimum bachelor's-degree GPA of 3.0
- A minimum 2.7 GPA in all science prerequisite coursework is required
- Statement of purpose submitted through NursingCAS, additional essays required for the UC Davis Graduate Studies Application
- The application process may require an interview
- The GRE is not required
- TOEFL or IELTS (international graduates only)
- Three letters of recommendation; refer to NursingCAS for more information
- Official transcripts from each institution attended (submitted online through NursingCAS)
- International graduate requirements
*Transcripts must reflect the bachelor’s degree awarded, including date awarded and major(s). NursingCAS does not verify bachelor’s degrees if degrees and dates awarded are not reflected on the transcripts. For those who are recent graduates, it may take several weeks to months for new degrees to be reflected on official transcripts.
Students applying for the M.S. — Family Nurse Practitioner Degree Program should complete a NursingCAS application and meet selection criteria. Following that process, a select pool of qualified applicants will receive an invitation to apply through the UC Davis Graduate Studies application. All invited applicants must meet UC Davis graduate admissions requirements.
Admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. Meeting some or all of these criteria does not guarantee admission, but merely eligibility. Admission is competitive.
All prerequisites are required at the college level from an accredited school and must be included on the submitted transcript as part of the NursingCAS application process. Prerequisites may not be in progress at the time of application submission. Each prerequisite is expected to be one full course, either a quarter or a semester, and a minimum of three units, depending on the location where it was completed. Completion of prerequisite course work online is acceptable if it is from an accredited academic institution. Advanced Placement scores awarded in high school do NOT fulfill prerequisites. If an applicant has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree from an accredited university, he or she is not required to complete any prerequisite courses. If an applicant has an Associate Degree in Nursing with a bachelor's degree in another field, he or she must have completed all of the prerequisite courses listed below. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better:
- One course in human anatomy with lab
- One course in human physiology with lab
- Or human anatomy and physiology series: Part I and Part II with lab
(NOTE: Mammalian, vertebrate or animal anatomy or physiology do not fulfill this requirement.)
- One course in chemistry with lab
- One course in microbiology or bacteriology with lab
- One course in English composition
- Two courses in social sciences. Ideal courses provide exposure to human or organizational behavior — such as psychology, sociology, ethnic studies, women's studies or cultural anthropology.
(NOTE: Social science courses may be completed in two different subject areas or within the same subject area.)
* It is desired that the human anatomy and human physiology prerequisite courses be completed within the past five years of when you plan to apply. Competitive applicants should self-assess their strengths. If it has been a number of years since courses were completed, applicants may want to consider retaking them.
Visit the FNP FAQ page for additional details about the family nurse practitioner program requirements and prerequisites.
Each student admitted to the nurse practitioner program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing receives generous financial support for tuition, fees and additional expenses.
A primary goal of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is to address the growing need for nursing faculty. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's $100 million commitment and additional scholarship sources provide financial support for tuition, fees and additional expenses to students.
Scholarships enable the School of Nursing to recruit and recognize outstanding graduate students early in their careers, to allow time to make a significant difference through their work, research and scholarship. This support ensures the most qualified, diverse and driven prospective students receive opportunities to continue their education without the worry of significant tuition costs and loss of income.
All Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership students are encouraged to seek a variety of forms of financial support and it is essential for students to apply as early as possible.
Financial packages are finalized with each offer of admission.
Tuition and fees
Tuition and fees for the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Program are set by the Regents of the University of California and can change without notice. Tuition is based on residency as well as degree type (i.e. academic or professional). For more information, visit the Office of Budget and Institutional Analysis, professional degrees.
UC Davis internal fellowships
There are a variety of fellowships available for students with varying backgrounds, research interests and undergraduate majors. These fellowships are competitive funds for graduate students across the entire UC Davis campus. Please check if you qualify for any of the current funding opportunities. For more information, visit UC Davis Graduate Studies, Internal Fellowship.
General financial aid resources
Scholarship, award and loan-repayment options
Information about various financial aid resources available for clinical education (grants, scholarships, fellowships, loan programs and short-term loans) is provided through the UC Davis Health Financial Aid Office. There are different procedures for applying for each type of financial assistance and they are not program-specific to the School of Nursing.
Both federal and state resources provide a range of flexible repayment options, including, but not limited to, income-based and income-contingent repayment plans, as well as loan-forgiveness benefits. Other forms of assistance, such as short-term and interest-free loans, are also available to enrolled students. A member of the UC Davis Health Financial Aid Office can answer questions regarding these programs and discuss how to best meet your financial aid needs.
Students are encouraged to seek private scholarships and external funding. For more information, visit the UC Davis Graduate Studies External Support Resources page. There are also several online scholarship databases. One example is collegeboard.org.
For UC Davis information regarding cancelation of registration, withdrawal from a program and fee refunds, please refer to the UC Davis policy.
Financial aid tips
- Credit-based loans are a part of most financial aid packages.
- Check your credit through free credit score checks from Transunion, Experian, and Equifax.
- To increase your credit score and your ability to qualify for loans, pay off credit card debt before beginning graduate school. Plan ahead as credit scores take time to update.
- Interest rates are affected by your credit ratings.
- Financial aid is not to be used for paying credit card debt; it is only for school tuition and fees.
- To apply for federal student loans, scholarships and grants, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application early.
Online applications for summer incoming classes in the Master of Science — Family Nurse Practitioner Degree Program are available through NursingCAS. Applications open each year by Aug. 15 and close at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time) Oct 15. Applicants may also apply by the May 1 space-available deadline on NursingCAS. Applications received between Oct. 16 and May 1 are reviewed if the program has space after reviewing general deadline applicants.
Students applying for the family nurse practitioner program should complete an application at NursingCAS and meet selection criteria. Following that process, a select pool of qualified applicants are invited to apply through the UC Davis Graduate Studies application.
An application and materials must have a "complete" (all materials received and pending verification) or ”verified” application status by the deadline. It is the applicants’ responsibility to monitor the status of their applications and application materials on a regular basis. NursingCAS does NOT notify applicants if applications are incomplete or documents are missing.