Accelerated Program

The Master's Entry Program in Nursing, a three-year accelerated 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 the requirements 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, health policy expert, 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" Master of Science program. If you have questions, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.


*NOTE* The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) to MS Pathway Program (“ADN-MS Pathway”) is for RNs who have earned an ADN and have not earned a bachelor's degree, or higher degree, in any major or field of study. Pathway participants begin their course of study by enrolling in one of several bachelor completion programs at John F. Kennedy University (JFKU) or Golden Gate University (GGU), our educational partners. Typically, Pathway participants complete their bachelor's degrees in 18 - 24 months at GGU or JFKU. Once that baccalaureate has been earned, participants are eligible for the MS program.