Family Nurse Practitioner Program; Nursing

Debbie Ward, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N; Interim Dean and Clinical Professor

Theresa A. Harvath, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.; Executive Associate Dean; Clinical Professor

Janice F. Bell, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.N.; Associate Dean for Research, Doctor of Philosophy Program Director; Professor

Elizabeth Rice, Ph.D., P.M.H.N.P.-B.C., R.N., Associate Dean for Student and Faculty Success; Clinical Professor

Betty Irene Moore Hall
2570 48th St., Sacramento, CA 95817


Mission Statement

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis cultivates academic excellence through immersive, interprofessional and interdisciplinary education and research in partnership with the communities serves. Faculty, staff and students discover and disseminate knowledge to advance health, improve quality of care and shape policy.

Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Program

Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Programs prepare nurse leaders, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, researchers and faculty in a unique interdisciplinary and interprofessional environment. The full-time, academic, doctoral program prepares graduates as leaders in health care, health policy and nurse faculty/researchers at the university level. The master's degree Physician Assistant Studies program prepares graduates to deliver care as physician assistants. Graduates of the professional master's degree leadership program are prepared for health-care leadership roles in a variety of organizations and as nurse faculty at the community college and prelicensure education levels. Graduates of the master's degree Nurse Practitioner Program are prepared to deliver care as nurse practitioners.


The UC Davis Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group includes a wide cross-section of academic disciplines with faculty from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing as well as UC Davis Health System and other UC Davis schools, colleges, and departments. Within the graduate group faculty are experts in nursing, medicine, health informatics, nutrition, biostatistics, public health and other fields.

The Master of Science—Family Nurse Practitioner Degree Program prepares graduates to deliver care as family nurse practitioners (FNP). In alignment with the school's vision to advance health, the mission of the family nurse practitioner program is to educate health care professionals to lead clinical programs in collaborative teams and to improve the availability of culturally relevant primary health care to underserved populations throughout California.