Masters Entry to the Profession of Nursing Program (MEPN)

Admission to our Masters Entry to the Profession of Nursing (MEPN) program is highly competitive and the following requirements are the minimum required to apply. At the University of Arizona College of Nursing, we are committed to creating an academically challenging and supportive educational community of students with diverse talents, experiences, viewpoints and cultural backgrounds. We are particularly interested in students who are highly motivated and demonstrate a distinguished level of scholarship, integrity, leadership and service to others. We seek students who are prepared to benefit from and contribute to a rigorous and diverse learning environment and contribute to a dynamic and culturally competent health-care workforce.

Our 15-month MEPN program is a full-time program with a highly demanding schedule. As a student, you will start coursework in May and end in August of the following year. It is strongly recommended that you avoid working while in the program as the full-time, master's level coursework and clinical rotations often require more than 40 hours a week to complete. Both a pre-licensure and master's generalist program, graduates earn the degree Master of Science (MS) with a major in Nursing and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam.

Program options are available in both Phoenix and TucsonPhoenix cohorts take courses at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, located at 7th Street and Van Buren in Phoenix, AZ, and participate in clinical work in the surrounding Phoenix-metro area. Students interested in the Phoenix option should attend an Application Workshop in Tucson: call (520) 626-3808 or email

Please visit our Admissions page for all deadlines and requirements.

MEPN Plan of Study:

Summer Semester (Level I)

NURS 500A – Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (3 units)
NURS 507 – Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (2 units)
NURS 509A – Concepts and Competencies Across the Lifespan I (4 units)
NURS 509B – Provider of Care I: Practice Competencies (3 units)

Fall Semester (Level II)

NURS 572A – Nursing Pharmacology (3 units)
NURS 519A – Concepts and Competencies Across the Lifespan II (5 units)
NURS 519B – Provider of Care II: Altered Health Conditions (7 units)

Spring Semester (Level III)

NURS 510 – Professional Nursing Seminar (1 unit)
NURS 511 – Nursing Informatics: From Concepts to Practice (2 units)
NURS 512 – Nursing Research for Evidence Based Practice (3 units)
NURS 610A – Concepts and Competencies for Complex Health Problems (5 units)
NURS 610B – Provider of Care III: Complex Health Problems (5 units)

Summer Semester (Level IV)

NURS 513 –  Leading and Managing in Organizational Systems (3 units)
NURS 611 –  Population and Community Health Nursing (4 units)
NURS 614 –  Provider of Care IV: Management and Leadership (6 units)

Total Units Required = 56

For more information contact:

Office of Student Support & Community Engagement
Location: College of Nursing, Room 112
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: 520-626-3808 or 1-800-288-6158

Accreditation and Affiliations 

The University of Arizona College of Nursing is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing, and affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Western Institute of Nursing