Master's Entry Program in Nursing

Curriculum

The first year of study in the accelerated, three-year Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) includes all the didactic and clinical nursing study usually distributed over one year. It entails 30-37 hours of class and clinical work per week, in addition to study time. Consequently, it is not advisable for students to be employed or take additional coursework during their first year in MEPN.

In the final two years of the program, students join our Master of Science degree program for graduate level nursing specialty training, choosing from a comprehensive selection of specialties and training at sites in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. More information about this portion of the program is available on the Master of Science Program section of our website. These final two years of the program are more individually paced and it may be feasible for students to work part time.

Clinical Sites

Clinical teaching sites are located at major medical centers throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area, within an estimated 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 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.-Surgery/Geriatric Nursing
4.5
9.0
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
4.0
3.0
Spring
N151 Issues in Nursing
3.0
 
Totals:
68.5 units
38.5
30

View the objectives for year one of the MEPN program, which provides students with the essential knowledge and skills to take the NCLEX licensure examination and enter the Master of Science degree specialty area.

Certifications

Upon completion of the Master's Entry Program in Nursing, which leads to a Master of Science degree in nursing, students will be eligible to apply for certain national certifications. More detailed certification information for each specialty is outlined on each specialty webpage. Please also see the following notification.

Faculty

Pam Bellefeuille, RN, MN, ACNS-BC, CEN: N144, N144A
Sheila Proctor, MS, MPH, RN: N150, N150A, N151
Kevin McGirr, MS, MPH, RN: N143
Lynda Creighton-Wong, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC, PMNCNS-BC: N149, 149A
Lin Lin, PhD, RN: N146, N146A, N145
Cynthia Belew, MS, RN, CNM: N147, N147A
Deena Mallareddy, MS, RN, CNM: N147, N147A
Katie Hettinger, MS, RN: N142, N142A, N142B
Agatha Ekeh, MS, RN, BC: N141

Program Leadership

MEPN Interim Director
Mary Foley, PhD, RN, FAAN 

Assistant Director
Lin Lin, PhD, RN

Program Coordinator
Kizza Chadiha