About the Program

About the Program

The Master's Entry into Professional Nursing (MEPN) program is a two-year program that prepares students with a bachelor’s degree in any area outside of nursing to become entry-level professional nurses. MEPN students earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing degrees. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for registered nursing licensure.

We know that higher levels of education are associated with better patient outcomes. MEPN students receive additional education specific to have greater training in evidence-based practice and leadership. Both of these areas are essential for nurses practicing in today’s changing healthcare environments. The graduate-level of education offered through this program can provide our nursing alumni more opportunities to move into leadership positions in various healthcare settings on their units. The MEPN program is ideal for career-changers seeking an exciting new start in the health care profession.

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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


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.


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

Application Process

Application Deadline October 15

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

  • Undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Official transcripts representing all college coursework must be submitted. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited school is required.

Please send all transcripts to Graduate Admissions
School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
2211 S Brook St, Houchens Bldg, Rm 105
Louisville, Kentucky 40292

  • Two letters of recommendation. Within the application, submit names and email addresses of individuals who can speak to your academic and/or professional capabilities and potential.  View Letter of Recommendation Form.
  • Goal Statement. Within the 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. Please upload within the application.
  • Students for whom English is not their primary language must show English language proficiency by 1) demonstration of a degree awarded from an acceptable English language institution or 2) acceptable examination: TOEFL; International English Language Testing System (IELTS); successful completion of the exit examination for the advanced level of the intensive English as a Second Language Program.  Recommended test scores are available on the University International Student website.
  • Interview for eligible applicants may be required.

After university Graduate Application has been submitted to Graduate Admissions submit the following:

  • Certified Background Check - Please select Place Order and the package code for UofL is Ni53bc. 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.

*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.


    School of Nursing Costs

    Assessment Technologies Institute Testing (ATI)

    $686; divided in two payments

    1st and 3rd semesters

    Background Check


    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.




    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


    Nursing Pack


    Parking Permit

    Required by UofL Campus parking. Costs vary.

    Scrub Tops/Pants

    $50 per set average


    $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)

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


    UofL Office of Admissions


    Office of Graduate Admissions


    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.