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

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The Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) is intended for individuals with a baccalaureate degree or higher in another discipline. The program is designed for the person seeking a new career in nursing.

Students enroll annually in this 5 term (21 month) program. The MEPN program is demanding, as it provides students with a general foundation in nursing as well as master’s level courses that provide the skills necessary to serve in leadership positions. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) and are prepared as Advanced Nurse Generalists.

Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nursing (RN) licensure. Graduates are also eligible to take the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certificate exam upon completion of required clinical practice requirements.

Clinical teaching sites will be located at major medical centers throughout San Diego County, affording broad exposure to excellent centers of patient care.

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Katrina Bess, MSN, RN

"The Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) at the University of San Diego provided the knowledge, clinical skills and confidence to successfully enter the nursing field.  I am a RN in the health system and unit I had been dreaming about prior to starting the program.  Thanks to the MEPN program I have been able to achieve my deepest professional passions, desires and goals."
Katrina Bess, MSN, RN

Contact Information

Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science
Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4548

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