Master of Science for Entry to the Profession of Nursing (MEPN)

Start Your Journey

Do you have a university degree and a passion for health care and caring for others? Consider our 15-month Master's Entry to the Profession of Nursing (MEPN) program in Tucson and Phoenix. This master of science in nursing program is for students holding university degrees in other fields who want to become registered nurses. 

It is 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 a Master of Science in Nursing degree and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam.

Program options are available in both Phoenix and Tucson. Phoenix 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

Accelerated Program

  • In just 15 months, you will be prepared to take the NCLEX exam and become a licensed RN
  • Skip the BSN and earn your master's degree in nursing

Rigorous Curriculum

  • Learn the knowledge, attitudes and skills that are fundamental to nurses
  • Graduates are well prepared for working in the rapid-paced health-care environment

Expert Mentors

  • Learn from highly qualified nursing faculty
  • Work with community clinical experts in all specialty areas

Your Success

As a graduate from our Master of Science in Nursing for Entry to the Profession (MEPN) program, you will enter the largest health-care workforce and the profession most trusted by the public in the United States.

Last year, our nursing students achieved a first-time pass rate of 91.18% on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses, compared to 86.03% statewide and 84.56% nationally.*

*Data from the Arizona State Board of Nursing

Your Career

Graduates from our MEPN program have a vast array of employment opportunities available to them. Our graduates work in community hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools, trauma centers and home health agencies. As a graduate of our program you are prepared to work as a:

  • Hospital Nurse
  • School Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Home Health Nurse
  • Skilled Living Facility Nurse
  • Outpatient Clinic Nurse
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse

A master’s in nursing also opens your doors to pursuing other advanced degrees in nursing, preparing you to become an advanced practice nurse, nurse anesthetist, nurse educator, nurse administrator or nurse scientist.

Meet Our Students & Graduates

Richard Coenen

“I am extremely passionate about the focus placed on independent and critical thinking within a fast-paced and challenging environment...Within a clinical setting, we are not just observers of care, but are expected to manage care beside the primary nurse. This program has challenged and prepared me for this amazing career.”

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Ishmail Sillah

Ishmail shares how his experience growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone and having limited health care access inspired him to become a nurse.

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Melanie Begaye

“I was drawn to the UA College of Nursing through the University of Arizona Cancer Center Native American Cancer Prevention (NACP) undergraduate research program. I realized that being a nurse would help me achieve my goal of returning to the Navajo Nation and promoting wellness and traditional healing.” 

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Accreditation & 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