Masters Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN)


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--BFA) please review this page to determine if you will meet UCSF's MEPN admissions baccalaureate requirements.

Graduates of this program are prepared as "masters prepared 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. 

You must learn which MS specialty area includes the advance practice role that is right for you.  The specialty area that you select is the main focus of the criteria used during the application screening process.

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. If you have questions, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.


The first year of study in MEPN includes all the didactic and clinical nursing study usually distributed over one year. 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
N141 Pharmacology and Nursing Care
N142 Intro to Professional Nursing
N145 Pathophysiology
N143 Effective Communication
N144 Adult Med.-Surgery/Geriatric Nursing
N146 Parent-Child Nursing
N148 Socio-Cultural Issues in Health, Illness
N149 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
N147 Childbearing Families
N150 Community Health Nursing
N151 Issues in Nursing


Fees for the first twelve months of the MEPN program are higher than the standard University rates for student tuition. In the second and third year of the MEPN program, fees are set at the standard university rates listed on the UCSF Registrar website under the category Nursing Masters.

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.

MEPN Leadership, Courses Taught, and Staff Directory

Program Leadership

Assistant Dean & MEPN Managing Director
Kristine Warner, PhD, MPH, RN, N319G (by appointment)

MEPN Assistant Director
Mary Foley, RN, PhD, FAAN, N631C

Professors Leading Courses

Clinical Professor Pam Bellefeuille, RNMN, ACNS-BC, CEN: N144, N144A
Physio, School of Nursing 6th floor

Associate Clinical Professor Sheila Proctor, RN, MS, MPH: N150, N150A, N151
CHS, School of Nursing 5th floor

Assistant Clinical Professor Melinda Cuthbert, RN, PhD: N143, N149, N149A
CHS, School of Nursing 5th floor

Associate Clinical ProfessorLin Lin, RN, PhD: N146, N146A, N145
FHCN, School of Nursing 4th floor

Associate Clinical Professor Cynthia Belew, RN, MS, CNM: N147, N147A
FHCN, School of Nursing 4th floor

Associate Clinical Professor Deena Mallareddy, RN, MSN, CNM: N147, N147A
FHCN, School of Nursing 4th floor

Assistant Clinical Professor Jeneva Gularte-Rinaldo, PhD, RN: N142, N142A, N142B
Physio, School of Nursing 6th floor

Assistant Professor Kristina Fortes, MSN, RN: N142, N145
Physio, School of Nursing 6th floor

Resource Staff

Assistant Dean, Office of Student & Curricular Affairs
Michael Treviño, N331C

Administrative Assistant, Receptionist
Charlotte Gardner, OSA,* School of Nursing 3rd floor

Administrative Assistant III, MS Program Admissions and Support
Steven Johnson, OSA, School of Nursing 3rd floor

Analyst, MEPN Program Coordinator
Kizza Chadiha, Academic Programs, School of Nursing 3rd floor

Student Funding Coordinator
Maria Elena De Guzman, OSA, School of Nursing 3rd floor

* For email addresses, please use UCSF directory
* Office of Student Affairs (OSA)

MEPN Contacts

Program Admissions Coordinator
Steven Johnson

Program Coordinator
Kizza Chadiha

Managing Director
Kristine Warner, PhD, MPH, RN