Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the application deadline? How often are students admitted?
The application deadline for the Master's Entry Program in Nursing is November 1. Applications are screened once a year for admission.
The on-line application is available September 1 through November 1 each year. Applicants are advised to submit their applications in late September/early October to ensure the supporting documentation are matched to your files by the November 1 deadline.
What is NursingCAS?
NursingCAS is a central application system for Nursing. This service allows applicants to provide necessary application materials (references, transcripts and resume) to a centralized repository, thus making it easier for the applicant to manage their application.
Nursing CAS requires applicants enter the prerequisite course work into the application. Please make sure you have copies of your transcripts on hand before starting the process.
What are the program prerequisite courses? Can I complete the prerequisite courses at the community college?
The prerequisite courses for the MEPN program are as follows:
Psychology (Introduction, General or Developmental)
Cultural Anthropology or Introduction to Sociology
*Courses must include a lab. Human Anatomy and Human Physiology may be combined courses or two separate courses: Human Anatomy, Human Physiology or Human Anatomy & Physiology I and Human Anatomy & Physiology II. The courses must address human/mammalian anatomy and physiology. A minimum grade of a "B" is required in the science prerequisite courses.
These courses may be completed at the university or community college level.
There is no time limit regarding the prerequisite courses. However, if you have completed the Human Anatomy and Human Physiology courses more than 5 years ago, retaking the courses is recommended. Students are expected to have a solid understanding of Human Anatomy and Human Physiology.
Do all the prerequisite courses need to be complete at the time of application?
Prerequisite courses may be in progress at the time of application. However, the more prerequisite courses you have completed (especially the sciences) the stronger your application.
Can I test out of the prerequisite courses?
There is a test option open to applicants for some of the prerequisite courses. You may test out of the courses noted below through Excelsior College.
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Intro to Psychology
What is the GPA requirement?
The minimum GPA requirement is 3.0. A cumulative GPA is calculated using your undergraduate degree transcript(s). Prerequisite courses completed after the degree are not included in this calculation.
Can I attend the program on a part-time basis?
The MEPN Program is a full-time program.
Can the volunteer hours be in progress at the time of application?
Volunteer hours may be in progress at the time of application. Please note the information on your resume.
How do I determine if my degree from another country is equivalent to a US Baccalaureate degree?
Applicants who earned a degree outside the United States are required to submit an official transcript evaluation by World Education Services (www.wes.org). A course-by-course evaluation is required.
Am I required to submit my health requirement information by the application deadline?
The health requirement information is not required at the time of application. However, all information will be due by a specified date if accepted into the program. Failure to comply will void the admission offer.
Is the MEPN Program competitive? What can I do to improve my chances of being accepted?
Applicants to the MEPN Program are screened as a cohort during the admission process. Great consideration is given to demonstration of a solid academic background (GPA and grades earned in science prerequisites), goal statement, letters of reference, health-care related experience (volunteer or paid) and the interview.
Applicants are encouraged to:
• Research the nursing profession and health care
• Research the role of a Registered Nurse (RN)
How many units is the program?
The program is 71 units in length.
Where are the clinical placements?
Students in the MEPN program have clinical rotations that are the same as those of all pre-licensure nursing programs. These rotations focus on the care of patients in medical/surgical, maternal/newborn, pediatric, psychiatric, and geriatric as well as community settings. These rotations are primarily done in hospital settings and can occur in any hospital in San Diego County. Current rotations include Kaiser Permanente, UCSD Medical Center, UCSD Thorton Hospital, Rady Children's Hospital, Palomar Health, Sharp Hospitals, Scripps Hospitals, Tri-City Medical Center, VA Medical Center and Balboa Naval Medical Center. Students may also visit a variety of community settings.
What is a Clinical Nurse Leader?
The Clinical Nurse Leader is a master's prepared registered nurse who provides direct patient care and oversees the care coordination of a distinct group of patients and actively provides direct patient care. This clinician puts evidence-based practice into action to ensure that patients benefit from the latest innovations in care delivery. This clinician also collects and evaluates patient outcomes, assesses cohort risk, and has the decision-making authority to change care plans when necessary. This clinician functions as the leader of an interdisciplinary team by communicating, planning, and implementing care directly with other health care professionals, including physicians, pharmacists, social workers, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners across and within various settings (Clinical Nurse Leader Association).