Master's Entry Program in Nursing (for non-RNs)
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.
"The Master’s Entry Program in Nursing at the University of San Diego provided the Clinical Nurse Leadership skills, resources, and education needed to secure a position as a new RN in a highly competitive job market and progress with great success as an Advanced Nurse Generalist. Thanks to the program, I was able to transition from the U.S. Marine Corps to nursing seamlessly and work in a new profession as a master’s-prepared registered nurse within a health system and unit about which I am absolutely passionate."-Anthony Rodelo, MSN, RN