Entry Program in Nursing (for non-RNs)

University of San Diego

Master On Campus
21 months
1580 USD/credit
1580 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Entry Program in Nursing (for non-RNs) program at University of San Diego 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) Entry Program in Nursing (for non-RNs) program at University of San Diego. 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.

Program outcomes

  • Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge derived from the physical and behavioral sciences and the humanities with nursing theory as a basis for professional nursing practice.
  • Use current research findings in promoting the health and welfare of people.
  • Apply clinically and culturally appropriate information technology to promote quality health care.
  • Collaborate with consumers and colleagues in the delivery of health care services.
  • Identify and influence factors that affect health care delivery.

Programme Structure


  • Health Assessment
  • Conceptual Basis of Professional Nursing Practice
  • Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Introduction to Pharmacology in Nursing Practice
  • Nursing Practice with Adult and Older Adult Patients with Acute and Chronic Health Problems
  • Evidence Based Practice: Role of Theory and Research
  • Nursing Practice with Psych-Mental Health Clients

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 21 months

Start dates & application deadlines




71 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an approved, accredited college or university
  • Completion of the required prerequisite courses
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of the Centralized Nursing Application (Nursing CAS)
  • One official transcript from each college or university attended
  • Three professional recommendations related to academics and work (paid and volunteer)
  • Resume describing the nature, scope and areas of responsibility of all work experience including any volunteer or paid healthcare related experience
  • Minimum 100 hours as a volunteer in a hospital setting observing registered nurses in practice
  • Interview (qualified applicants will be contacted to interview based on initial review of their application)
  • Evidence of specified immunizations and screening tests, recent physical examination, and BLS (CPR) certification if admitted into the program

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1580 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1580 USD per credit and a duration of 21 months.
  • National

    1580 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1580 USD per credit and a duration of 21 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Entry Program in Nursing (for non-RNs)
University of San Diego