GENERAL PROGRAM DETAILS
Is the Master’s program at UCI an online, hybrid, or on-campus course?
All of the lecture courses in the Master’s program curriculum are on-campus.
When will the program start?
The first course will start during the 10-week summer session (near the end of June).
How long is the program?
Two years, including summer sessions. For example, a student admitted to start the program in June 2020 can expect to graduate in June 2022.
When are the lecture courses offered?
Lecture courses will be scheduled at least twice a week 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 2 days a week and may include evening and weekend shifts. Clinicals begin in the Spring quarter of the first year.
Will I need my own transportation for clinical rotations?
Yes, students will need their own transportation to our partner hospitals, clinics, and community sites.
Can I still work while enrolled in the program?
Part-time work may be possible. However, please keep in mind that MEPN is a full-time, accelerated program, and the pace and intensity are demanding.
How much is the program?
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.
Will I be able to become a Nurse Practitioner after finishing this degree?
The MEPN program is a pre-licensure nursing program and not an advanced nursing degree. After graduating from the MEPN program, you’ll be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become licensed as an RN. If you’re interested in becoming an NP, you will need to apply to an advanced nursing program.
How many times a year do you admit students? Does your program admit students on a rolling basis?
We admit students once per year. We do not do rolling admissions. All applications are reviewed after the deadline. Students apply to the program in the fall, applicants are notified of their admission status in the early Spring, and admitted students start in June with UC Irvine’s 10 week summer session.
If I don’t have a 3.0 GPA in my bachelor’s degree, can I still apply?
The MEPN program is highly competitive. UC Irvine’s Graduate Division requires a 3.0 GPA in your bachelor’s degree for admission. Students applying to the program with a GPA under 3.0 require an exception from the School of Nursing in order to be admitted. This exception process is completed by the School of Nursing and does not require any additional submission from the applicant. One factor taken into account for the exception is the GPA in a graduate degree. We are also looking at healthcare volunteer experience and work activities, leadership, etc. While exceptions are rare, if you feel you are an exceptional candidate, you are welcome to apply.
I did not receive a 3.0 GPA during my undergraduate studies. If I retake my prerequisites, will this increase my chances of admission?
We will be looking at your cumulative GPA from your bachelor’s degree. We do not calculate a cumulative GPA of all college courses you’ve taken (including the prerequisite courses you might take at a community college).
I’m planning to complete all my prerequisite courses by the end of Spring prior to the Summer start of the program, can I still apply?
No, you must complete all prerequisite courses, as well as your non-nursing bachelor’s degree, by the end of December before submitting your application for the following Summer cohort.
I’m planning to complete some of my prerequisite courses by the end of the Fall term prior to the Summer start of the program, can I still apply?
Yes. However, all courses must be completed by December 31st. Note that we require that you upload unofficial copies of transcripts reflecting all final grades earned before the application deadline (December 31st). If your campus or institution is unable to update Fall term grades before the application deadline due to administrative policies beyond your control, we may allow you to submit transcripts without these final grades by exception if you are able to provide our office with evidence of the policy (e.g. an email from the Registrar’s Office). If this situation applies to you, please email our office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for clarification as soon as possible so that we may assist you before the application deadline.
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 past 5 years.
Can I apply while my courses are in progress?
Yes, but we encourage you to wait until you have your final grades to submit your application. Your prerequisites and your undergraduate degree must be completed by the end of December prior to Summer entry.
Is there a repeat limit on prerequisite courses?
I opened the Graduate Application and did not see the MEPN program listed. Where is it?
The MEPN program is listed on UCI’s Graduate Application as a Master’s Degree program under “Nursing Science with a Concentration in Community and Population Health.”
How long should my Statement of Purpose and Personal History be?
Both the Statement of Purpose and the Personal History sections of the application have a 1200 word maximum, for a total of 2400 words. You must answer both questions within both the Statement of Purpose and the Personal History within the 1200 word maximum.
Does your program require the TEAS test or GRE test?
No, we do not require these tests for admission. If an applicant includes these test scores on their application, the scores are not taken into consideration during application review.
How do I know whether a course I have taken fulfills the prerequisite requirement?
Generally, if the prerequisites were taken at a 2-4 year regionally accredited institution and have the following requirements, it will be acceptable:
- Combined Anatomy & Physiology courses: year-long sequence required
- Anatomy, Physiology & Microbiology must have a lab component and must be human-related (no animal or plant-related topics). Combined lecture/lab courses are acceptable – please list the combined course under both the lecture and lab spaces on the prerequisite sheet and make a note that it is combined.
- Chemistry prerequisites: 1 course in General Chemistry OR a combination Chemistry course (must contain inorganic (general), organic & biochem). Generally, no introduction or fundamental chemistry courses are allowed (unless it’s a combination course).
- Statistics prerequisite: 1 course containing descriptive & inferential statistics will be acceptable
- Sociology: the course must be either an Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology course. Courses that are too specific will not be accepted (i.e. Economic Sociology or special topics courses).
You can view approved courses from our sister school, UCLA here. We conduct a full evaluation of your application and prerequisite courses after you apply. Applicants taking prerequisite courses at California Community Colleges may also use Assist.org to find courses.
Is it possible to see when all of my recommendation letters have been received?
You should be able to see any updates on your application status page. If you have specific questions regarding navigating the application, please email email@example.com. Please note, letters of recommendation must be submitted by the application deadline as part of a completed application.
Does your program have a required number of volunteer hours in a healthcare/clinical setting for admission?
No, we do not have a minimum number of volunteer hours required for admission. We recognize and appreciate that our applicants come from a variety of backgrounds with different experiences. We also understand that it can be challenging for our applicants to secure volunteer hours in healthcare settings for a number of reasons including but not limited to: COVID-19 concerns/closures, competing personal commitments, etc.
Do I have to have a Professor and Clinical Employer/Supervisor write my letters of recommendation?
We require at least one letter of recommendation from a Professor who can attest to your academic readiness for your graduate level work, and one letter from a clinical employer/supervisor (even volunteer work counts!) who can speak to your professional work experience. If you do not have a clinical employer/supervisor or Professor who is able to write you a letter of recommendation, choose someone who can best speak to your academic and professional readiness.
Can I submit more than 3 letters of recommendation?
No, you may only submit 3. Any extra letters will not be reviewed. The UC Irvine Graduate Application will allow you to submit up to five letters (as other Graduate Programs utilize this application for admission), however, please only submit three letters of recommendation when applying to the MEPN program.
Where should I send my official transcripts?
Applicants to the MEPN program are only required to upload unofficial copies of their transcripts to their application. If you are admitted to the program and accept your offer of admission, you will then be prompted with instructions for submitting your official transcripts to UC Irvine.
I received my previous degree from a school outside the United States. What do I need to include in my application?
All graduate programs at the School of Nursing require professional transcript evaluations by an independent educational evaluating service from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. Students should upload a copy of evaluations and translations in their application.
Applicants should note that foreign transcript evaluation services may take several weeks to process and should plan accordingly. The report uploaded to the application must include a degree-equivalent evaluation and course-by-course equivalent evaluation for any prerequisites.
The School of Nursing and the University of California do not endorse or have a formal partnership with any specific transcript evaluation agencies. However, some applicants have used the following services:
World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
International Education Research Foundation
P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3665
Do you accept international students?
Yes, we accept international students into the program. However, please keep in mind in order to sign up for the NCLEX, students are required to either have a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer ID Number (ITIN). Getting an ITIN or SSN beforehand will prevent any delays with the BRN.
How do I know if I’m eligible to waive the TOEFL exam?
In order to be eligible, your entire degree must be earned at an English-speaking institution. US citizens are automatically waived. Please refer to UCI Graduate Division’s Academic Qualifications or contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding international application requirements.
Can I still apply if I have a criminal record?
A criminal record does not necessarily impact your eligibility to apply to the University, however it may impact your ability to obtain a RN license. A requirement for our program is to complete clinical rotations in local hospitals. Currently, as long as you do not have a felony conviction, there should be no problem for clinical rotations, however please contact our Nursing Student Affairs office to confirm before applying. The larger issue may be if you are eligible to sit for the NCLEX and to be licensed in the state of California. Students must pass the NCLEX after graduation in order to become a Registered Nurse; completing the degree by itself will not allow you to work as a Registered Nurse. We strongly encourage applicants in this situation to reach out to the California Board of Registered Nursing to confirm that you would be eligible for licensure given your individual situation. These links may also be helpful in self-navigating the process: https://www.rn.ca.gov/pdfs/enforcement/appdocs.pdf and https://www.rn.ca.gov/enforcement/enfappdesk.shtml.