Master's Entry Program in Nursing (for Non-Nurses)

The Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) is intended for individuals with a baccalaureate degree or higher in another discipline. The program is designed for the person seeking a new career in nursing.

Students enroll annually in this 5 term (21 month) program. The MEPN program is demanding, as it provides students with a general foundation in nursing as well as master’s level courses that provide the skills necessary to serve in leadership positions. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) and are prepared as Advanced Nurse Generalists.

Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nursing (RN) licensure. Graduates are also eligible to take the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certificate exam upon completion of required clinical practice requirements.

Clinical teaching sites will be located at major medical centers throughout San Diego County, affording broad exposure to excellent centers of patient care.

Entrance Semesters Fall
Application Deadlines November 1
Standardized Admission Test
Additional Requirements Bachelor's degree from an approved, accredited school
Completion of the required prerequisite courses
Basic computer literacy
Basic statistics course
GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Completion of the Centralized Nursing Application (Nursing CAS) and the USD Supplemental Application
One official transcript from each college or university attended
Three professional recommendations
Interview (only qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview based on initial review of their application)
Evidence of specified immunizations and screening tests, a report of recent physical examination, and BLS certification if admitted into the program
International applicants must meet additional requirements for admission
APNC 520Advanced Pathophysiology3
APNC 524Advanced Pharmacology3
HCIN 540Introduction to Health Care Information Management3
MEPN 521Health Assessment3
MEPN 533Conceptual Basis of Professional Nursing Practice2
MEPN 534Fundamentals of Nursing3
MEPN 535Introduction to Pharmacology in Nursing Practice2
MEPN 547Care of Populations4
MEPN 555Nursing Practice with Adult and Older Adult Patients with Acute and Chronic Health Problems I5
MEPN 557Nursing Practice with Psych-Mental Health Clients4
MEPN 558Nursing Practice with Mothers and Infants4
MEPN 559Nursing Practice with Children with Acute and Chronic Health Problems4
MEPN 560Advanced Generalist Nursing Internship5
MSNC 503Nursing Practice with Diverse Families in Communities2
MSNC 511Evidence Based Practice: Role of Theory and Research3
MSNC 512Influencing the Health Care Environment: Policy and Systems3
MSNC 534Clinical Nurse Leadership6