University of San Diego

Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science

Master's Entry Program in Nursing (for non-RNs)


Office of Graduate Admissions, 5998 Alcala Park

5998 Alcala Park

San Diego, CA 92110

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master's Entry Program in Nursing (for non-RNs)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) is intended for individuals with a baccalaureate degree or higher in another discipline. The program is designed for the person seeking a new career in nursing.

Students enroll annually in this 5 term (21 month) program. The MEPN program is demanding, as it provides students with a general foundation in nursing as well as master’s level courses that provide the skills necessary to serve in leadership positions. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) and are prepared as Advanced Nurse Generalists.

Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nursing (RN) licensure. Graduates are also eligible to take the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certificate exam upon completion of required clinical practice requirements.

Clinical teaching sites will be located at major medical centers throughout San Diego County, affording broad exposure to excellent centers of patient care.


The University of San Diego is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is approved for veterans. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits programs within the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science. Persons who complete the pre-licensure component of the master’s program are eligible to apply for licensure by the Board of Registered Nursing.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 71 units

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $1345 per unit USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large City

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