About the Program

The Master's Entry into Professional Nursing (MEPN) Clinical Nurse Leader program (CNL) is an on-campus accelerated program that prepares students with a bachelor’s degree in any area outside of nursing to become entry-level professional nurses. MEPN students earn Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degrees. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for registered nursing licensure and the Clinical Nurse Leader Certification Examination offered by the AACN Commission on Nurse Certification.

We know that higher levels of education are associated with better patient outcomes. MEPN students receive additional education specific to evidence-based practice and leadership. Both of these areas are essential for nurses practicing in today’s changing healthcare environments. This program prepares graduates with a high level of clinical competence and knowledge to improve patient outcomes and serve as a valuable resource for the healthcare team. The MEPN program is ideal for career-changers seeking an exciting new start in professional nursing practice.

Program Features

  • Two year (six semester) full-time program
  • Courses offered on research-intensive Health Sciences Center (HSC) campus
  • Clinical experience begins in the first semester
  • Over 900 total clinical hours in a variety of clinical settings in Louisville Metro area including the CNL immersion consisting of 336 clinical hours in the final two semesters
  • 600 and 700 level courses delivered in a blended online and on-campus format
  • Integrated learning in collaboration with UofL HSC community
  • Experience in an on-site Learning Resource and Simulation Center

 Learning Opportunities

If you wish to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at UofL, there is no need to repeat coursework you've already completed for your master's degree. UofL offers a MSN-DNP entry option for five advanced practice specialties.

Licensure Disclosure
Graduates from the UofL School of Nursing are prepared to apply for RN licensure upon graduation; however, educational preparation does not guarantee professional licensure. If you have questions regarding Kentucky RN licensure, please contact the Kentucky Board of Nursing (kbn.ky.gov/apply/Pages/Examination/examination.aspx). For RN licensure questions in other states, please contact the respective state board of nursing (ncsbn.org/contact-bon.htm).

 

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The bachelor of science in nursing, master of science in nursing, and doctor of nursing practice programs at University of Louisville are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Post Baccalaureate Status

PREREQUISITE COURSE WORK

All prerequisites must be completed prior to starting the program.  Student must consult with the program advisor for appropriate equivalencies.  Minimum grade of B- is recommended.  Student applications will be considered for admissions into the graduate program while enrolled in prerequisite course work.

  • Chemistry
  • Two semesters of Anatomy and Physiology with lab
  • Microbiology with lab
  • Nutrition
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION

To be considered for admission to complete prerequisite course work, the following items must be submitted to the Undergraduate Office of Admission:

  • Official transcripts representing all college coursework with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A bachelor’s degree must be earned from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Completed Undergraduate Admissions Application, including fee. Application available on line at:  http://louisville.edu/admissions/apply/nondegree.  Apply as post baccalaureate student.

The University of Louisville School of Nursing participates in Nursing’s Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS), which provides you with an online application. NursingCAS collects and processes your application documents and verifies your transcripts. We receive your application information from NursingCAS and use it to make our admission decisions.  The University of Louisville School of Nursing application will be available through the NursingCAS system starting July 1, 2020.

You do not need to submit any of your supporting documents to the University of Louisville.  Only the University of Louisville Graduate Admissions Application is required with a reduced fee of $40.

All required items must be uploaded and transcripts verified by NursingCAS on or before the published deadline. The transcript verification process can take several weeks after receipt of transcript, so please see that all materials are received by NursingCAS well in advance of the published deadline.  

NursingCAS provides detailed instructions on their website.  Review information under the “Prepare to Apply” tab. The system provides you with updates on your progression as you work through the application and allows you to check your status online to track the receipt of your application, transcripts and references.

Questions on how to upload required documents or questions regarding receipt of transcripts should be directed to NursingCAS and not to the School of Nursing.

Questions regarding admission requirements should be directed to lauren.mccurdy.1@louisville.edu

Application Process

Application Deadline: October 15th

A holistic review process is used when considering applications for admission to the MEPN program.  The holistic review considers multiple criteria for admission, such as: the applicant’s professional career goals, academic capabilities, grade point averages, number of completed prerequisite courses, and quality of interview. All prerequisites must be completed prior to starting the program.  Student applications will be considered for admissions into the graduate program while enrolled in prerequisite course work.

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts representing all college coursework must be submitted. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited school is required. Undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants who have attended a college or university outside the United States are also required to submit an evaluation of their transcript through World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). Please note that transcript evaluations can sometimes take several weeks.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Within the Nursing CAS application, submit names and email addresses of individuals who can speak to your academic and/or professional capabilities and potential. 
  • Goal Statement. Within the Nursing CAS application, attach a maximum of 2 pages (double spaced and 12 point font). The goal statement should include:
    • Explain your reasons for seeking the MEPN program, including short and long-term professional goals
    • Describe how past educational, work, and/or life experiences have prepared you for this next step in the career.
  • Professional Resume.
  • Students for whom English is not their primary language must show English Proficiency
  • Interview for eligible applicants may be required.
  • Certified Background Check - The outside agency will send your results to the university. It is recommended to place your order a minimum of 7-10 working days prior to the published deadline.
  • Complete UofL Graduate School ApplicationSelect MSN Nursing Accelerated Professional option (NURSMSNEPN)

 

*Please note that all nursing students are required to have background checks. As a result, the Kentucky Board of Nursing requires nursing students to report all misdemeanors and felonies to them. Carefully read the guidelines on the Kentucky Board of Nursing website.


Tuition

    School of Nursing Costs
    MEPN

    Assessment Technologies Institute Testing (ATI)

    $686; divided in two payments

    1st and 3rd semesters

    Background Check

    $58

    Cardinal Card (Student ID)

    $10 Replacement Costs

    Clinical Laboratory Fees; 400 Level Nursing Courses

    $30 per instruction credit; $45 per clinical credit. Assessed at registration.

    iClicker

    $25

    Immunizations

    Visit Campus Health website for individual costs.

    Nursing Student Liability Insurance

    $50 estimate per year

    Major Medical Health Insurance

    $1275, Required by UofL; may waive with proof of insurance.

    Name Tags

    $10-$12

    Nursing Pack

    $104

    Parking Permit

    Required by UofL Campus parking. Costs vary.

    Scrub Tops/Pants

    $50 per set average

    Stethoscope

    $85-$160 depending on model

    Student Health Fee-Upper Division

    $52.50 per semester, Campus Health Services

    Financial Aid

    School of Nursing Office of Student Services

    Phone502.852.1196 or
    1.877.81NURSE (816-8773)
    Fax502.852.8783
    Address

    Health Science Campus
    555 S. Floyd Street
    Third Floor, School of Nursing
    Louisville, KY 40292

    Email

    UofL Office of Admissions

    Phone502-852-3101
    Website

    Office of Graduate Admissions


    FAQ

    Q. Is Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training required?

    A. CNA training is a Clinical Compliance requirement.  More Information

    Q. Can I submit my Clinical Compliance documents electronically, or by mail?

    A. MEPN Clinical compliance documents should only be submitted electronically using this webform.

    Q. Can I work while enrolled in the program?

    A.  Students in the program will be enrolled full-time in coursework during all six semesters of the program. Some students find it challenging to work outside school as they fulfill the classroom and clinical expectations of their courses.

    Q. What is the benefit of the MEPN Program vs. the Traditional BSN Program?

    A.  The MEPN Program not only prepares the graduate to practice as a baccalaureate prepared-registered nurse but it also provides the graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing degree. Students in the MEPN Program acquire additional knowledge specific to leadership and evidence-based practice which can be applied in a variety of healthcare settings.

    Q. What is a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) ?

    A. A CNL is a master’s educated nurse prepared for practice in a variety of healthcare settings. The CNL assumes responsibility for patient care outcomes and applies evidence based knowledge to design, implement and evaluate patient care outcomes and healthcare delivery model.

    Q. Can I enroll in the program part-time?

    A. No, the master's entry CNL is a full-time program of study. Classes are 2-3 days a week during the semester, and the other days are left open for your clinical experiences. 

    Q. What is the application timeline?

    A. The application and supporting materials are due by October 15.

    Q. How can I enhance my application?

    A. A holistic review process is used when considering applications for admission to the MEPN program.  The holistic review considers multiple criteria for admission, such as: the applicant’s professional career goals, academic capabilities, grade point averages, number of completed prerequisite courses, and quality of interview. All prerequisites must be completed prior to starting the program.  Student applications will be considered for admissions into the graduate program while enrolled in prerequisite course work.

    Q. When can I visit?

    A. The School of Nursing hosts several information sessions on our undergraduate and graduate programs.
    http://louisville.edu/nursing

    Q. When does the program begin?

    A. Each year, the program begins in mid-May.