MEPN

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

Interested in starting a career as a Registered Nurse?

Our Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) is a two-year, full-time master’s degree program that provides students with the education, training, and clinical hours needed to become Registered Nurses.  MEPN is designed for applicants who already have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree, but would like to pursue an accelerated graduate-level program that covers the foundation of nursing practice.

MEPN students achieve competencies in research and 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 and graduate students in other health-related professional programs in certain courses in mixed learning communities. 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.

Learn more about the prerequisite course requirements and other requirements to apply to MEPN here.

  • Accelerated two-year, full-time 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

Goals

  • 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.

Curriculum

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: https://www.rn.ca.gov/education/passrates.shtml

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.

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MS (MEPN)
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