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.

A Guide to the MEPN Program

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Kat Wilson, RN, MSN

"​The MEPN program prepared me for the fast-paced world of bedside nursing. The intensity with which the program focuses on fostering an ability to think critically at the bedside enabled me to shift comfortably between several levels of inpatient care during my career. What elevates the MEPN program is its cultivation of nurses who can extend that critical thinking to leadership and the development and implementation of evidence-based practice. The graduate degree I earned at the University of San Diego (USD) in coordination with my RN experience enabled me to assume my current position as a Nurse Educator, and I am overjoyed to be returning to USD to pursue advanced practice nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) this fall!"
Kat Wilson, RN, MSN