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MEPN — Master’s Entry Program in Nursing

Concentration in Community and Population Health Nursing (CPHN)

****NOTE: The MEPN application deadline has been extended to February 22, 2017****

The Master of Science (MS) at the UC Irvine School of Nursing is a graduate degree program that prepares you to lead innovations in healthcare delivery and elevate nursing care across practice settings.  

The program coursework is designed to prepare graduate-educated nurses with:

  • Research- and evidence-based practice competency
  • Expertise in specialized concentrations of nursing practice
  • Leadership role preparation, including collaborative interprofessional team building
  • Leadership skills in health policy to become advocates for health promotion and disease prevention efforts supporting population health

The MS degree provides you with a foundation for seamless progression into a research- or practice-focused doctoral program.

Apply today!

Program goals

The Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) is designed to offer graduates of non-nursing baccalaureate programs direct entry into an accelerated master’s degree program, providing you with the ability to autonomously practice nursing as an MS-prepared nurse upon graduation.

Graduates of the program will:

  • Qualify to take the national licensing examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses
  • Be eligible for certification as a public health nurse
  • Earn a master of science degree
  • Be prepared for future research- or practice-focused doctoral studies, if desired
Expected Student Outcomes »

Consistent with the UC Irvine School of Nursing mission to provide strong, research-based academic and professional programs, the new Community and Population Health Nursing (CPHN) concentration aims to prepare excellent researchers, educators and clinicians.  

Goals of the CPHN concentration are to prepare graduate nurses to lead and expand care to underserved populations in the following areas:

  • Generalist nursing practice across a wide variety of healthcare settings from acute care to community, home and transition management
  • Nursing scholarship and evidence-based practice
  • Leadership in interprofessional healthcare teams
  • Innovative advancements in healthcare delivery, quality improvement and improved access to care

The CPHN curriculum was designed to ensure that the nine essential core areas delineated by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) are met throughout the program. AACN is the umbrella organization that provides national accreditation through their Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

In addition, the Quad Council Coalition and the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals' recommendations for public health practice are incorporated throughout the curriculum.

Course Curriculum »

First year

Summer Fall Winter Spring
Nur Sci 262 Foundations (4 units) Nur Sci 264A Applied Pharmacology (2 units) Nur Sci 264B Applied Pharmacology (2 units) Nur Sci 266 Adult Health Care (8 units)
Nur Sci 268A Pathophysiology (2) Nur Sci 268B Pathophysiology (2) Nur Sci 267 Mental Health (7)
Nur Sci 230 Advanced Physical Assessment (3) Nur Sci 200 Research Methods (3)
Nur Sci 230L Advanced Physical Assessment Lab (1) Nur Sci 265 Older Adult (2)
Nur Sci 282 Compassionate Care with Underserved Populations (3) Nur Sci 281 Professional Issues in Nursing (3)

Second year

Summer Fall Winter Spring
Nur Sci 294B Directed Studies in Vulnerable Populations (2) Nur Sci 273 Maternity and Women's Health (8) Nur Sci 274 Critical Care (6) Nur Sci 284 Scholarly Concentration (3)
Nur Sci 272 Pediatrics (7) Nur Sci 276 Leadership and Management (4) Nur Sci 271 Community Health (6)
Nur Sci 215 Health Promotion Disease Prevention (3) Nur Sci 275 Clinical Preceptorship Clinical Seminar (6)
Admission Criteria and Applicant Information »

If you are seeking admission to MEPN, you must meet the conditions listed below to apply. Students are only admitted for summer entry.

Admission requirements

You must have:

  • A baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing university program from a regionally accredited institution with degree standards equivalent to the University of California.
  • A 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Completed the following prerequisites with a grade of C or better from a regionally accredited institution:
    • Statistics
    • Psychology (preferably human development lifespan)
    • Sociology/Cultural Anthropology
    • Anatomy with lab
    • Physiology with lab
    • Microbiology with lab
    • General chemistry OR inorganic, organic and biochemistry

Please use the ASSIST student-transfer system to find equivalent courses at any public California college or university. You must complete all prerequisite courses, as well as your non-nursing bachelor’s degree, prior to summer entry.

How to apply

Applications are accepted between Sept. 1 and Feb. 22 for the following summer entry only.

You must submit the following to our office to be considered for MEPN admission:

  • Online Application for Graduate Admission; (review guidelines for the personal history/statement of purpose sections). For domestic students, please answer question #1 in your Personal History and question #2 in your Statement of Purpose. For international students, please address both questions in your Statement of Purpose. Although the program begins in summer, select fall entry as your term of entry.
  • Two copies of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from an employer/supervisor, one from a faculty member and the third from either (review instructions on submitting letters of recommendation).
  • Your resume, to include academic honors/recognition, healthcare-related volunteer and work activities, leadership positions and bilingual abilities, if applicable.
  • Prerequisite checklist, please fill out the checklist completely. (Prerequisite Checklist)

Mailing address

Nursing Science Student Affairs
106 Berk Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-3959

The GRE is NOT required for the MS degree program. An interview may be required for final selection of candidates.

Please see the Graduate Division website for more prospective student information ›cogni
Video Presentation »
Information Sessions »

We will host information sessions so you can learn more and ask questions.

These sessions will be held at Berk Hall Computer Lab: Room 250 on the UC Irvine campus at the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, Jan. 12, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 20, at 12 p.m.

Space is limited. RSVP to

Learn more about our information sessions ›

Frequently Asked Questions »

Is the master’s program at UC Irvine an online, hybrid or on-campus course?
All of the didactic courses in the master’s program curriculum are on campus. Some courses do integrate online work, including online quizzes and discussion boards.

How long will it take me to complete the program?
The MS in Nursing Science is a two-year program.

When are the didactic courses offered?
Courses are scheduled Mondays and Wednesdays during the day. There are no evening classes.

When are the clinical rotations scheduled?
The number of hours required each quarter varies. They are scheduled approximately two days a week and may include evening and weekend shifts.

Are there summer or evening courses?
The courses are held during the day, but clinical rotations may be scheduled on weekends and evenings. Courses taken in the summer will be required to meet clinical competencies.

Is there a part-time option for the program?
No, the master’s program is a full-time program.

Can I work while enrolled in the program?
UC Irvine’s Nursing Science master’s program is a full-time program. Students can work part time, but working full time is not recommended.

How many spaces typically are available each year?
The program goal is to graduate 20 students per year from the MS program.

Do you accept out-of-state students?
Yes, we welcome out-of-state students into the program.

Do you accept international students?

Yes, we welcome international students into the program.

However, you should be aware that some states require students to have a social security number to apply for their RN or take the NCLEX exam. Other states allow you to use your visa or passport in lieu of that, or have special forms for you to fill out if you don’t have a social security number.

You should check with the Board of Registered Nursing for the state in which you want to practice. California requires RN applicants to have a social security number.

Are there any specific requirements for international student applicants, like the TOEFL?
Yes, review the Graduate Admissions site for more information.

Do you require the TEAS test?
No, the program does not require this test as part of our admissions process.

Do I have to take prerequisite courses at UC Irvine?
No, prerequisite courses can be taken at any accredited university or community college pending UC course equivalency.

Is there a time limit on when I took my prerequisites?
No, there is no time limit, but it is recommended that you have completed your core science and statistics courses within the previous five years.

If I’m admitted to the program, will I need my own transportation for clinical rotations?
Yes, you will need to provide your own transportation to our partner hospitals, clinics and community sites.

Fees »

View the Registrar’s Office for information about fees ›

Note: These fees are for the academic year only. They do not include summer quarter. Summer fees are approximately $1,600 per year.

Financial Aid »

Please review the UC Irvine Financial Aid Office website for information on financial assistance for graduate students ›

Applying for assistance

Financial assistance for graduate students differs substantially from that available to undergraduates.

To be eligible for financial assistance, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The deadline is March 2. Please note that international students are not eligible for need-based financial aid and should not complete the FAFSA. All graduate students, either international or domestic, are eligible to receive university fellowship funding as long as you are documented.

Other scholarships

We encourage you to also look for and apply for any scholarships you can find outside of UCI. In addition to offsetting the cost of tuition, outside nursing-specific scholarships introduce you to organizations that can broaden your idea of what a nurse can accomplish and how nurses are needed in today’s society. The external scholarship database has a sublisting for scholarships available to both Nursing Science graduate and undergraduate students. View external nursing scholarships ›