Entry Program in Nursing (for non-RNs), Master | University of San Diego | San Diego, United States
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Entry Program in Nursing (for non-RNs)

21 months
1580 USD/credit 64102 USD/year
1580 USD/credit 64102 USD/year
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Designed for individuals with a baccalaureate degree or higher in another discipline, students in the Entry Program in Nursing (for non-RNs) at University of San Diego come to us from all walks of life—from baristas to lobbyists and even clergy. Spanning every possible age, they bring a rich diversity of experiences, backgrounds and skills to this intellectually rigorous program.


It’s more than a career. It’s a calling.

At the Hahn School of Nursing, it’s never too late to pursue your passion for meeting the health needs of humanity.

Together, students in the Entry Program in Nursing (for non-RNs) at University of San Diego build experience and confidence through hands-on practice in the Dickinson Nursing Simulation Center. In this sophisticated facility, “standardized patient” professional actors recreate real-world situations you’ll experience as a nurse. Because understanding cultural context is a vital part of nursing, we provide outreach opportunities in underserved communities while fostering diversity that informs and invigorates our programs.

As nurse scientists and advanced clinicians ourselves, we believe in each student and work tirelessly to support, mentor and prepare you to enter nursing practice. You’ll gain the skills, the thinking, the compassion and the drive you’ll need to make a real difference in patients’ lives.

This video depicts our USD MEPN pinning ceremony which is a symbolic welcoming of our newly graduated MEPN students into the nursing profession. It is a historic, respected and traditional milestone.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Health Assessment
  • Conceptual Basis of Professional Nursing Practice
  • 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 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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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 you've attended
  • Three professional recommendations related to academics and work (paid and volunteer)
  • A resume describing the nature, scope and areas of responsibility of all work experience, including any volunteer or paid healthcare-related experience
  • A minimum of 50 hours as a volunteer in a hospital setting observing registered nurses in practice
  • Evidence of specified immunizations and screening tests, recent physical examination, and BLS (CPR) certification if admitted into the program
  • If you're an international applicant, you'll need to meet additional requirements for admission
  • All students must be COVID vaccinated to attend USD

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    64102 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1580 USD per credit during 21 months.
  • National

    64102 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1580 USD per credit during 21 months.

Living costs for San Diego

1400 - 2455 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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Entry Program in Nursing (for non-RNs)
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