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 in an intensive program designed for highly motivated students.
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 2.5 year period in which students will earn a master's degree in nursing and be prepared for certification and practice in one of the graduate specialties offered by the Department of Nursing.
The deadline for admission to the last planned MEPN class is January 15, 2013. After this class, it is anticipated that the Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) will become the Doctor Entry Program in Nursing (DEPN). Visit the Planned Programs page for more information on the planned DEPN program.
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 M.S. 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.
- Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP)
- Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
- Advanced Practice Psychiatric–Mental Health Nurse (PMHNP)
(Admissions to the PMHNP program are currently on hold. No new students accepted to this track; all current students must complete the program by Dec. 2013.)
MEPN Admission Requirements
- Graduation from an accredited baccalaureate degree program or higher.
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in previous post–secondary education.
- Completion of the Graduate Record Examination General Test. The program prefers a minimum score of 144 Quantitative (500 on previous version), 153 Verbal (500 on previous version), and 4.0 Writing. Applicants may retake the GRE and the highest score in each section will be counted.
- The following prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation:
- Undergraduate level statistics
- Anatomy and Physiology I and II
Application Deadline: January 15, 2013
Important Note: The deadline for admission to the last planned MEPN class is January 15, 2013. Students begin pre-licensure coursework in the fall of 2013 and primary care courses in the fall of 2014. After this class, it is anticipated that the Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) will become the Doctor Entry Program in Nursing (DEPN).
1. Complete the Nursing Common Application through the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS), a division of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Follow instructions on the site. All application materials should be submitted directly to NursingCAS. This includes:
- (3) Letters of Recommendation
- Official Transcript(s) from all schools attended
- On the NursingCAS application there is an opportunity for the applicant to self-report when they took the GRE. Official GRE scores should be submitted to UVM on the Graduate College Online Application via code 3920.
- Essay. Respond to the Nursing CAS question.
2. Complete pages one and two of the UVM Graduate Online Application form. On page three, fill in only the fields that are starred. Include the following information with the UVM application:
- Include the same essay submitted for the NursingCAS application.
- Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. The college will accept both the old and new version of the GRE, but scores must be received by the application deadline.(UVM Code: 3920)
- Application Fee
- No transcripts or letters of recommendation should be sent to the University of Vermont.
3. Complete the online MEPN Prerequisite Course Completion Form.
MEPN Pre–Licensure Courses
- Fall Semester (16 credits)
- GRNU 302 - Professional Nursing Issues (2 credits)
- GRNU 305 - Pathophysiology (3 credits)
- GRNU 303 - Drug Therapy: Implications for Clinical Practice (3 credits)
- GRNU 314 - The Science of Nursing: Adults and Elders (4 credits)
- GRNU 316 - Practicum: Adults and Elders (4 credits)
- January Intersession (1.25 credits)
- GRNU 313 - Practicum: Adults and Elders II (1.25 credits)
- 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)
- GRNU 323 - Pathophysiological Phenomena in Acute Care Nursing (1 credit)
- GRNU 321 - Practicum: Complex Nursing Care of Adults and Elders (2.5 credits)
- Summer (8 credits)
- GRNU 318 - Practicum: Mental Health (2 credits)
- GRNU 327 - Practicum: Children (2 credits)
- GRNU 337 - The Science of Nursing: Community/Public Health (2 credits)
- GRNU 338 - Practicum: Community/Public Health (2 credits)
Total Credits: 38
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