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.

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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

You may review the curriculum plan for our Master of Science in Nursing Science program here.