Master's Entry Program in Nursing (for non-RNs)

Director's Welcome

Linda D. Urden, DNSc, RN, CNS, NE-BC, FAAN Welcome to the profession of nursing and all it can offer you. The Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) will have graduated its seventh cohort of nurses with degrees in other fields May, 2010. As we traverse this new era of the nursing profession, let me share with you some of the stories about the graduates of this MEPN program. Over two hundred graduates have been employed in nursing in many clinical agencies across the United States in the emergency room, intensive care, labor and delivery, pediatrics, oncology, spinal cord injured, to name a few. Many of these graduates have participated in the international nursing experiences we offer; several are creating their own unique opportunities such as working with the Navy diving corps; others have become involved with various international groups. Many have had their education funded by a variety of foundation grants, the military, or through reimbursement options provided by the state of California when they work in RN designated shortage agencies.

Our MSN in Clinical Nursing prepares you with an emphasis on clinical management of patients at the bedside; as well the skills necessary to assume clinical leadership positions and clinical faculty positions. You are prepared to continue your nursing education to become an advanced practice nurse (a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist), or a nurse executive, or a nurse scientist at the doctoral level. Our motto is: "We accept the best, we expect the best, and we graduate the best." Welcome to USD and the Master's Entry Program in Nursing!

Linda D. Urden, DNSc, RN, CNS, NE-BC, FAAN
Professor and Director
Master’s and International Programs