Master's Entry into Professional Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader

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.

Read a first-hand account from a May 2017 MEPN program graduate

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"Nursing incorporates skills outside of health sciences, like the critical thinking aspects of liberal arts. You become even more holistic as you go through the MEPN program.”
- Meredith Grisanti, 2017 graduate


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Information Sessions are being held on the following dates

July 14,  12-1 pm and 5-6pm