Master’s Entry into Professional Nursing

Master’s Entry into Professional Nursing

The Master's Entry into Professional Nursing (MEPN) Program is designed for individuals with a baccalaureate degree in another field who are interested in pursuing a career in nursing. The six-semester graduate program provides the student with a general foundation in nursing with emphasis on leadership and evidence-based clinical practice. Upon completion of the program, the student receives both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and Master of Science in Nursing degree. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for registered nursing licensure. This is not an advanced practice registered nursing program.


Year 1

Summer (12)

Course Number

Course Name

NURS 503

Health Assessment

NURS 652


NURS 401

Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice

NURS 402

Therapeutic Nursing Intervention (3 didactic



Fall (10.5)

Course Number

Course Name

NURS 404


NURS 405

Child Health

NURS 605

Theoretical Applications for Practice



Spring (12)

Course Number

Course Name

NURS 608

Healthcare Systems and Economics

NURS 403

Adult Health

NURS 607

Foundational Concepts of EBP



Year 2

Summer (12)

Course Number

Course Name

NURS 502


NURS 406


NURS 407

Community Health



Fall (10)

Course Number

Course Name

NURS 613

Intro to Health Policy

NURS 408

Care of the Adult with Complex Health Needs



Spring (9)

Course Number

Course Name

NURS 506

Leadership/EBP/Policy Practicum

NURS 657

Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

NURS 507

Transitions to Practice

NURS 409




Total Credits for Degree


* (Includes 7 credit hours of NURS 501 & NURS 502)

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 $50 fee. Application available on line at:  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 15th - For Summer 2018 admissions has been extended. Rolling admissions decisions will be made on a space available basis.

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.
  • Proof of English Proficiency: International students for whom English is not their primary language must show English language proficiency by 1) TOEFL examination scores of: Computer-based test minimum score of 220; Written Essay score of 4.0; Paper-based test minimum score of 560; Written Essay score of 4.0; Internet based test minimum score of 79; Written Essay score of 4.0 or 2) by successfully completing the exit examination for the advanced level of the intensive English as a Second Language Program at the University of Louisville or 3) by demonstration of a degree award from an acceptable English language institution or 4) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores of at least a 6.5 overall band score from the academic module exam.
  • 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)

    $650; divided in two payments

    1st and 3rd semesters

    Background Check

    $40; paid with upper division application

    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.

    Liability Insurance

    $30-$45 estimate per year

    Major Medical Health Insurance

    $995.50; may waive with proof of insurance

    Name Tags


    Nursing Pack


    Parking Permit

    Required for 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

    MEPN Student Resources

    Clinical Compliance Requirements

    Proof of completion for requirements 1-5 must be submitted to the School of Nursing Office of Student Services (OSS)

     Note: Keep copies of all compliance requirements for your records: They will be needed for your last semester.

      1. CPR Certification:
        Must complete CPR training through the American Heart Association: BLS for Healthcare Providers.
        Requirement fulfilled by providing a copy of the CPR card to OSS.
      2. HIPAA Training Courses:
        Registering for HIPAA courses offered via the CITI platform ( Upon completion, a printout of the completion page for HIPAA security and HIPAA basic must be submitted to OSS. Only required prior to first semester of clinicals. Does not have to be renewed unless notified by the university.
        Requirement fulfilled by providing a copy of the Completion Page to OSS.
      3. Bloodborne Pathogen Compliance:
        Course offered online by the university and provides a Certificate of Completion.
        Required Yearly.
        Requirement fulfilled by providing a copy of the Certificate of Completion to OSS.
      4. Professional Liability Insurance
        Please apply early.  It may take 4-6 weeks to receive your policy after you apply. Effective date of policy should be first day of semester.  Nursing Student Coverage with limits of $1,000,000 to $3,000,000.
        Requirement fulfilled by submitting a copy of the policy cover page that has been issued with an effective date and coverage limits. An application is NOT proof of coverage.
      5. (Effective Summer 2018) CNA Training:
        Documentation of completion of a Medicaid approved State Registered Nursing Assistant Program. OR Submission of documentation of 100 hours of direct health patient care work experience within the past 12 months. Students are not required to take the SRNA certificate exam.  Submit Work Verification Form available at
      6. Immunization Compliance:
        This must be completed at the Campus Health Services office. Check with the immunization specialist at 502-852-2708 to confirm you are in compliance. For list of required immunizations go to:
        Requirement fulfilled through notification from Campus Health Services to OSS.
      7. Drug Screening:
        Please go to the following website for instructions on how to register for the test. Use the same account that you used when you established your background check. If you don’t know your account information, contact the CBC Customer Service Department at (888) 666-7788 ext. 7194.  Your package code for UofL is NI53dt.
        Required for first semester clinicals.
        Requirement fulfilled upon the SON receipt of test results from the Castlebranch company. All results will be kept confidential.
        The testing site closest to you can be found on the website. Please keep your login and password in case it is needed for future use. Students will be required to pay for the testing.
        You will receive the results of your drug screen. However, if you are unable to provide evidence of a negative drug screen, you will not be allowed to attend clinical and thus must withdraw from all clinical courses.  Please note that Kentucky Revised Statute (KRS) 314.031 has mandatory reporting requirements for licensed nurses that the SON must follow.

    You may upload your proof of compliance documents using the MEPN - Document Submission Webform.

    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.