Masters Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN)

Overview

MEPN, a three-year program leading to a Master of Science degree in nursing, is for persons without previous nursing preparation but who hold a baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree in another field. For Graduates holding specialized bachelor's degrees (e.g., Bachelor of Fine Arts--B.F.A.) please review this page to determine if you will meet UCSF's MEPN admissions baccalaureate requirements.

Graduates of this program are prepared as “advanced practice nurses,” which is a registered nurse with graduate academic preparation and advanced clinical skills that qualify her/him as an expert in a defined area of knowledge and practice. The advanced practice nurse's role incorporates the functions of clinician, educator, consultant, and/or researcher.

Between the MEPN path and the traditional Master of Science path to advanced practice nursing the difference is that MEPN students begin their program with four quarters of generalist foundation training in nursing. Then, in the summer following successful completion of the MEPN first year coursework, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination) as approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). By comparison, licensed and experienced RNs should apply to the "regular" Masters of Science program.

Curriculum

The first year of study in MEPN includes all the didactic and clinical nursing study usually distributed over two years. It entails 30-37 clock hours of class and clinical work per week in addition to study time. Consequently, it is not advisable and students are discouraged from engaging in paid employment or taking additional coursework during their first year in MEPN. The final two years of the program are more individually paced and, therefore, it may be feasible for students to work part time.

All of the information in the website section "Master of Science Program," and the website section listing Master's Specialties is relevant to the last two years of study of this (MEPN) program.

Clinical Sites

Clinical teaching sites are located at major medical centers throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area, within an approximate 50-mile radius of the School of Nursing. By lottery system each student is assigned rotations at three or more different sites, affording broad exposure to renowned centers of patient care and research.

Students are expected to provide their own transportation to all clinical site locations. It is strongly recommended that students must have access to a vehicle or personal transportation, as most clinical sites are not accessible by public transportation.

MEPN First Year Sample Curriculum
Session/
Quarter
Course
Theory
Units
Clinical
Units
Summer
N141 Pharmacology and Nursing Care
3.0
Summer
N142 Intro to Professional Nursing
3.0
8.0
Summer
N145 Pathophysiology
5.0
Fall
N143 Effective Communication
3.0
Fall
N144 Adult Med.-Surg./Geriatric Nrsg.
4.0
9.5
Winter
N146 Parent-Child Nursing
4.0
3.5
Winter
N148 Socio-Cultural Issues in Health, Illness
2.0
Winter
N149 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
3.0
3.0
Spring
N147 Childbearing Families
4.0
3.5
Spring
N150 Community Health Nursing
3.0
5.5
Spring
N151 Issues in Nursing
3.0
Totals:
37.0
33.0

Notes: This listing of courses is subject to change. Students must successfully complete each quarter to progress to the next quarter. After completing their first year (pre-licensure year), MEPN students must take and pass the required NCLEX examination for their nursing license ("R.N."). After obtaining California licensure, students continue into the regular Master of Science program (specialty area curriculum) for their second and third years.

LVN Non-Degree Option

California legislation requires that pre-licensure programs offer a 45-quarter unit option. This program is offered on a space-available basis to licensed vocational nurses to assist in preparation for the RN licensure exam. This would be done through the 45-quarter unit LVN Non-Degree Option Program (see "Post-Masters/Special Studies") at the same cost as the first twelve months of MEPN.

Tuition

Approximate fees (subject to change) for the first twelve months of this program are $55,000.00. After this first year, fees are set at the standard University rates for students in the regular Master of Science (M.S.) program.

Additional student fee information is available from the UCSF Registrar. Note that MEPN fees for Year One are shown at the end of the web page linked here.

Fees do not include housing, meals, transportation, supplies, textbooks, or other living expenses. All listed fees are subject to change without notice.

Financial Aid, MEPN

Students admitted to this program can apply for financial aid and for federal and private loans.

Aid information is available from the UCSF Financial Aid Office website. Be sure to identify yourself as a newly admitted Nursing MEPN student.

Remember also that being admitted to MEPN at UCSF means that your first classes will begin in June (not in September). Therefore, your applications for student aid and your other pre-enrollment preparations should begin as early and as quickly as possible.