The University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene is pleased to offer an accelerated alternative entry program to our Master of Science degree. The Master's Entry Program in Nursing is designed for adult learners:
The purpose of the MEPN program is to prepare advanced nurses with excellent clinical and leadership skills. The program consists of a MEPN pre-licensure year of study that is delivered across three continuous semesters. The students then transition into one of several nursing specialities. The length of time necessary to complete the MS degree is dependent upon the specialty selected by the learner.
The first year of the curriculum is based on a competency model appropriate for graduate level adult learners. Active learning strategies are emphasized including clinical experience, simulation exercises, and a continuous emphasis on searching the literature for the most current evidence based research associated with nursing practice. At the foundation of the curriculum are the "Determinants of Health" as presented in the "Healthy People 2010" national agenda http://www.healthypeople.gov/. Emphasis is placed on health promotion and disease prevention as well as the care of the healthy, sick, and dying from a local, national and global perspective. A substantial amount of the curriculum is clinical practicum in community and hospital/health care settings where students are actively engaged in nursing care under the supervision and guidance of faculty. Threaded throughout the curriculum are research, safety, community health, and culture as well as the various contexts (i.e.historical & social) of nursing, the roles nurses play, and the core values of the profession.
Please review the links at the bottom of this page for complete program information, prerequisites, and important deadlines.
Total Number of Credits: 52
Total: 18 credits
Total: 18 credits
Total: 16 credits
Students will begin studies in their chosen specialty. In order to continue progression through their graduate specialty MEPN students must pass the NCLEX and hold an active RN license prior to the following Spring semester. An active RN license is required to register for NURS 612/612L. Refer to the MS Degree section for complete information for each specialty.
At the time of application, you will be asked to select a specialty area which will largely determine your future as an advanced practice nurse. This is a critical decision and should be made with great care as you will not be allowed to change once you have been admitted to a given specialty.
Allen Hanberg, PhD., RN
MEPN Program Director
Office of Student Services, School of Nursing & Dental Hygiene
Phone: (808) 956-8939