MEPN

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. 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

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

EXPECTED STUDENT OUTCOMES

  • 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
  • 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

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.

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Application Details

BS
MS (MEPN)
DNP (Post-Master’s)
PhD