New MEPN Program Gets Underway

The Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing launched the new Master of Science Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) in 2017.  The inaugural class began on June 26 with a cohort of 20 students.

“We are very proud to announce that our very first class of students was filled to capacity.  Beyond our expectations for a new program.  This demonstrates the need for nursing science education in our community.  The value nursing provides a community is immeasurable,” said Nursing School Dean Adey Nyamathi.

Dorothy Dottie Waffarn as a young neonatal nurse at LA County Hospital circa 1970

The MEPN program is designed to offer graduates of non-nursing baccalaureate programs direct entry into an accelerated master’s degree program, providing students with the ability to autonomously practice nursing as an MS-prepared nurse upon graduation.  What is innovative about the program is that it offers those who have already acquired a BS degree or those who are looking to change careers, a natural pathway to pursue the nursing profession.  Such a degree offering comes at unique and important juncture in our healthcare system as it will help create a healthy pipeline of nursing professionals that are crucial to caring for our nation. 

Already the MEPN program has attracted a long-time supporter of the university and generous donor Dr. Feizal Waffarn, former UCI Chair of Department of Pediatrics. Waffarn established the Feizel and Dorothy Waffarn MEPN Scholarship in Maternal and Child Health, in honor of his late wife Dorothy who was a maternal and child health nurse.  The commemorative scholarship will provide annual scholarship support to a MEPN student with a maternal and child health concentration.  

Find out more about the UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing MEPN program here.