The UCLA School of Nursing offers a two-year course of graduate study leading to the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.). The curriculum is designed for students to obtain theoretical and practical knowledge of the foundations for specialized practice in Occupational and Environmental Health, as well as an opportunity to implement that knowledge through advanced clinical practice.

The primary aim of the Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Program within the M.S.N. program at UCLA is to develop advanced practice nurses with an extensive body of occupational health and safety knowledge and a high level of competence in the area of worker health. In their practice, Occupational and Environmental Health Nurses use logic and reason distinguished by intellectual curiosity and individual creativity. Advanced practice nurses in occupational and environmental health apply multidisciplinary theories, including nursing, biologic, behavioral, management, and organization theories as well as content in industrial hygiene and safety to develop, implement, and evaluate models of worker health and quality of occupational health and safety services. They are able to assess, diagnose, plan, implement, manage, and evaluate the care of workers and their families and communities from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Students elect to do an Occupational and Environmental Health Specialty in one of two areas:

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner provides primary ambulatory care for adult populations. Practitioners evaluate the individual as seen within the work setting as well as within the family and community group. Primary focus and emphasis are on health status assessment, health promotion, illness/accident prevention, hazard control, screening, surveillance, and rehabilitation of adult workers. Requirements are met through a combination of courses and experiences specific to the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner as well as the delivery of occupational and environmental health care services.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

The FNP is educated to provide high quality, continual and comprehensive wellness and illness care to children and adults in ambulatory care settings by providing preventive health services, patient education, disease management and illness prevention. The FNP practices in the context of community, workplace and family.  Requirements are met through a combination of courses and experiences specific to the Family Nurse Practitioner as well as the delivery of occupational and environmental health care services.

All graduates of the M.S.N. program are qualified to take national certification examinations in their specialty areas.

A modified curriculum has been developed for students who are already certified as a nurse practitioner or nurse midwife.

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