New Grad Residency Program FAQs
Application posting periods-October for Winter and March for Summer. Please check website 2 months prior for application dates.
1. Do you need an RN license to apply?
You don't need an RN license to apply. You need to have graduated within the last year and/or year and a half to be eligible for the program. You need to have a California RN license or Interim Permit to start your employment as a New Graduate at UCLA.
2. I have an associate degree in Nursing, can I apply?
a. No, BSN or MSN are the required degree programs.
b. If you have an ADN (Associates Degree in Nursing) and you are about to graduate with a BSN and have not worked as an RN you will be considered.
c. If you have an ADN and have worked and are graduating with a BSN, please apply to an experienced RN position.
3. I graduated over a year ago, am I eligible to apply?
a. You need to have graduated within the last year and/or year and a half.
4. I haven't worked in 4 years or more, can I be considered for the New Graduate Residency Program?
a. This program is for New Graduate RNs only. It is not a refresher program. Please check the California Board of Nursing website at www.rn.ca.gov for Refresher programs
5. Do you accept applicants from out of state, only California or UCLA graduates?
a. We accept applicants nationwide. We like applicants with a diverse educational background.
6. I have 3 months of experience as an RN; do I still qualify for the New Graduate Residency Program?
a. You need to have less than 6 months of experience by the time the program starts (August/September for Winter and March/April for Summer)
b. If you have 6 months or greater of RN experience, you are considered an experienced RN.
7. What are the requirements to apply?
a. Cover letter
b. Resume – including clinical rotation sites and hours
c. 2 Letters of Recommendation
d. You may create your profile ahead of time. Please click on the link to our website to apply: www.uclahealthcareers.org
e. If you are an internal applicant, please create an internal profile.
f. If you are an external applicant, please create an external profile.
g. Upload documents with application
8. Who should we ask for letters of recommendation?
b. Clinical Faculty
c. Clinical Liaisons
d. One from a current clinical manager if working in a healthcare environment
9. Do you have a specific form we need to use for the letters of recommendation?
a. University or Professional Letterhead should be used when submitting letters of recommendation.
10. Who should the cover letter be addressed to? You have the following options:
a. To Whom it May Concern ( This allows you to use the letter for other facilities you are applying to)
b. If you would like to address it specifically for UCLA: Sheri Monsein- Manager, Nurse Recruitment or Stacey Sims- Nurse Recruiter
10920 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 400, LA. CA 90095
11. What should be included in the cover letter?
a. This is your opportunity to let us get to know you better. It should be one page or less. It is best to be more general or focus on an area of special interest. If selected to interview, you may bring a cover letter specifically addressed to the manager you will be interviewing with.
12. I heard that you only review the first 500 applications? Is this true?
a. We review every application. You do not need be the first one to apply. You have one week to complete the application and upload your documents.
13. What if I don't have all of the required documents by the application submission deadline?
a. Please apply by the deadline and contact us for instructions to submit the missing documents.
14. When will I be notified about an interview?
a. The first round of applicants to be interviewed will be notified by email 4-6 weeks after completion of the application. We continue to contact applicants until all positions are offered.
15. When will the interviews take place?
a. The interview dates are posted on the application.
16. How many new graduate positions are there?
a. Each program will fluctuate based on need.
17. Which area is taking the most new graduates? I would like to apply to that unit.
a. It is best to apply to the area you are most qualified for. Select the specialty that you are most passionate about and have received positive feedback from your instructors/professors.
18. How long is the program and will I have a positon once it is completed and will I be paid?
a. The program is one year. You are hired into a new graduate position on the unit you interview with. You are a UCLA employee and therefore paid. The New Graduate Residency Program is supplemental to your working at the bedside as an RN.
19. When will the next program begin?
a. We have 2 New Graduate Programs per year. The programs usually begin in March/April and August/September. Applications usually post in October for the Winter Program and March for the Summer Program.
20. Do you take international students?
a. Please contact the Nurse Recruitment. Office at 310-825-8141 for details.