University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Department of Nursing

Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN)

The Master's Entry Program in Nursing is an accelerated educational program that prepares well-qualified graduates of baccalaureate or higher degree programs in other disciplines to become advanced practice nurses.

The program consists of a 12-month intensive pre-licensure educational program leading to registered nurse licensure that must be completed successfully on a full-time schedule, followed by a 2 1/2 year period in which students earn a master's degree in nursing and prepare for certification and practice in one of the graduate specialties offered by the Department of Nursing.

The deadline for admission to the final MEPN class was January 15, 2013. The Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) has become the Direct Entry Program in Nursing (DEPN).

Courses of Study and Curriculum

Successful completion of the pre-licensure year enables the student to sit for the NCLEX-RN and obtain an RN license in the State of Vermont. A degree is not conferred at the end of the pre-licensure year. Please note that in some states a conferred degree is necessary for licensure. MEPN students successfully completing the pre-licensure coursework and the registered nurse licensing examination (NCLEX) enter one of the following graduate specialty tracks in nursing for completion of the Master of Science degree. No additional application is required for progression. Upon graduation from the master's program, eligible students may apply to the state for an endorsement as an advanced practice registered nurse.

MEPN Pre–Licensure Courses 2013-2014

    Fall Semester (16 credits)
  • GRNU 302 - Professional Nursing Issues (2 credits)
  • GRNU 303 - Drug Therapy: Implications for Clinical Practice (3 credits)
  • GRNU 314 - The Science of Nursing: Adults and Elders (4 credits; 240 clinical hours)
  • GRNU 316 - Practicum: Adults and Elders (4 credits)
  • NURS 296 - Pathophysiology (3 credits)
    January Intersession (1.25 credits)
  • GRNU 313 - Practicum: Adults and Elders II (1.25 credits; 75 clinical hours)
    Spring Semester (12.75 credits)
  • GRNU 317 - The Science of Nursing: Mental Health (3 credits)
  • GRNU 325 - The Science of Nursing: Children (3 credits)
  • GRNU 319 - The Science of Nursing: Women and Newborns (2 credits)
  • GRNU 329 - Practicum: Women and Newborns (1.25 credits; 75 clinical hours)
  • GRNU 323 - Pathophysiological Phenomena in Acute Care Nursing (1 credit)
  • GRNU 321 - Practicum: Complex Nursing Care of Adults and Elders (2.5 credits; 160 clinical hours)
    Summer (6.5 credits)
  • GRNU 396 - Practicum: Mental Health (1.25 credits; 75 clinical hours)
  • GRNU 396 - Practicum: Children (1.25 credits; 75 clinical hours)
  • GRNU 337 - The Science of Nursing: Community/Public Health (2 credits)
  • GRNU 338 - Practicum: Community/Public Health (2 credits; 120 clinical hours)

Total Credits: 36.5
Total Clinical Hours: 820

Registered Nurse Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN) Pass Rates

nclex pass rates

Contact Information
College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Office of Student Services
(802) 656-3858

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