California and the nation desperately need highly skilled advanced practice nurses, nursing faculty and health policy leaders. The UCSF School of Nursing is strategically positioned to prepare this cadre of professionals.


School of Nursing

In 1907, the University of California established a Hospital Training School for Nurses in response to the earthquake and fire that had recently devastated San Francisco. Our mission of education, research and community service was forged in the flames of that epic disaster, instituting our tradition of grace under pressure and laying the foundation for UCSF's preeminence among nursing schools today.

The nationally recognized excellence of the School of Nursing reflects a long history of innovation in nursing education. The school offers six academic programs and currently enrolls more than 700 students per year, and its award-winning curriculum serves as a model for national standards for graduate nursing programs. Master's and doctoral graduates go on to become leading clinicians and administrators, and hold faculty positions at nursing schools around the globe.

We need your support to meet the call for nursing educators, researchers and clinicians: the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a demand for 1 million new and replacement nurses by 2016. Your gifts will help us provide aid for promising students, recruit and retain a talented teaching staff, conduct important research and seize opportunities to develop new programs.


  • Ranked first in National Institutes of Health research funding among nursing schools
  • Consistently ranked among the top nursing school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • In 2007, celebrated a century of excellence in nursing education, research and community service
  • In 2001, named a World Health Organization Collaborating Center
  • First autonomous school of nursing in any state university

For more information on supporting Nursing at UCSF, please contact Justin Marsh at or 415/476-5885.