The Master's Entry to the Profession of Nursing (MEPN) degree is an entry pathway to the profession of nursing. The MEPN program is an accelerated, 15-month program with cohorts in Tucson and Phoenix. Graduates of the MEPN program are prepared as nurse generalists, and eligible for licensure as Registered Nurses (RN) upon completion of the NCLEX-RN examination and approval by a State Board of Nursing. Students interested in a Nurse Practitioner degree should apply to our Doctor of Nursing Practice program: www.nursing.arizona.edu/dnp after finishing a nurse generalist program.
The College of Nursing at the University of Arizona offers a variety of programs at the graduate level. Programs are available for students pursuing a first degree in nursing, as well as students interested in advancing in the professional as leaders, advanced practice nurses, and nurse researchers. Please visit the College of Nursing's website for detailed information about our college, faculty and programs.
All applicants to the MEPN program should review the application information on the College of Nursing's website. Additionally, prospective students may attend an information session held at the college on a regular basis. Dates and times for those workshops are available here.
We do not require any standardized tests for admission to the MEPN Program at this time.
Students in the MEPN program are eligible for university and college funding. All students are encouraged to file an updated FAFSA form each year. The College of Nursing awards internal scholarships on a rolling basis each spring to currently admitted students. For more information visit: https://financialaid.arizona.edu/graduate/college-nursing-financial-aid.
Students are admitted to the MEPN program once per year for a mid-May start. Applications are due December 15 (Nursing Application) of each year. Applicants are encouraged to review the information on the College of Nursing website prior to submitting an application.
The MEPN program prepares graduates to become first-time registered nurses (RN). Applicants are encouraged to review the program requirements and information found in the handbooks, and on the college's website.
No minor is required of this program.