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Master of Science in Nursing

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Admission Criteria for the MEPN Clinical Nurse Leader Role Option

Admissions Qualifications

  • BA or BS degree in any field but Nursing from an accredited institution
  • Overall GPA of 3.0, preferably higher, in the last 60 semester units
  • Grades of B or better in all pre-requisite coursework
  • Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (score greater or equal to 8) (See Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement in the University Catalog.)
  • Portfolio validating prior learning and work experience
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least 1 from faculty and 1 from recent employer)
  • Personal Interview
  • Students will also be required to complete a certified nursing assistant (CNA) course prior to beginning the program.

Admission decisions are based on the overall evaluation of the applicant.

Required Pre-requisites coursework:
English                                    3 units
Speech                                   3 units
Human Anatomy with Lab      4 units
Human Physiology with Lab   4 units
Microbiology with Lab             4 units
Pathophysiology                     3 units
Psychology                             3 units
Research Methods                 3 units
Sociology or Anthropology     3 units
Statistics                                 3 units


Recommended Experience
Prior healthcare work experience
Leadership activities
Community Activities


Portfolio
Applicants MUST attend a workshop to facilitate the development and presentation of their professional portfolio of academic achievement, personal accomplishments, and work experience. The faculty will review this portfolio as part of the admissions process and award points. At least 80 points are required to be considered for admission.


The Professional Portfolio includes:

  • Official copies of all transcripts
  • Resume or CV
  • Letter of Intent and Goals
  • Awards and Honors
  • Healthcare Work Experience
  • Community Activities
  • Leadership Activities
  • Academic Writing Sample
  • Reflection on Nursing as a Career
  • 3 Letters of Reference
  • Practical Plan of Action