MS in Nursing Science with a Community and Population Health Nursing Concentration

The Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) is designed to grant students who have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree, direct entry into an MS in Nursing Science degree program. Our graduate-level accelerated program covers the foundation of nursing practice. Students achieve competencies in research and the ability to utilize scholarly evidence in the design, delivery, evaluation, and improvement of health care. The small MEPN cohorts also have the opportunity to learn alongside our undergraduate prelicensure students in certain courses creating a mixed learning community. Additionally, the MEPN boasts a concentration in Community and Population Health Nursing (CPHN) preparing graduates to lead interprofessional health care teams that advocate for the expansion of health care opportunities to under-served populations.

  • Accelerated program
  • High-tech clinical simulation experiences throughout the curriculum
  • Excellent clinical partnerships with rotations throughout UCI Health and immersion opportunities in local communities
  • Leadership role preparation and interprofessional team building skills development
  • Desirable concentration in Community and Population Health


  • 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

Program learning outcomes

  • 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
  • You are eager to pursue licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN)
  • You are interested in becoming a researcher, educator and/or clinician
  • You want to build and lead collaborative interprofessional health care teams
  • You are passionate about improving health care delivery and access to care
  • You wish to design innovative nursing practice and translate evidence into practice

Want to learn more about the different ways to become a Registered Nurse in California?  Read more about it our guide.


The MEPN program is a two-year commitment and prepares graduates for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). The curriculum provides education in organization and systems leadership, quality improvement and safety, integration of scholarship into practice, health policy and advocacy, health promotion and disease prevention for improving patient and population outcomes, and a master’s level of nursing practice. View our NCLEX pass rate here:

Sample Curriculum Plans

The Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) has approved a curriculum modification for our pre-licensure program beginning Fall 2022.  You may review the revised curriculum plan for our Master of Science in Nursing Science program here.  You can download sample of the previous current curriculum plan (for students admitted Fall 2021 and before) here.

DNP (Post-Master’s)