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Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN)

Program Description

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:

  • Who have not attended an RN educational program
  • Who have a baccalaureate degree in another field other than nursing
  • Who are leadership bound and seeking a career in advanced nursing

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

First Year


  • Professionalism in Nursing NURS 501 (2 cr)
  • Pathophysiology NURS 502: (3 cr)
  • Pharmacology for Nursing NURS 503 Practice (3 cr)
  • Health Assessment NURS 504 (2 cr)
  • Health Assessment Lab NURS 504L (2 cr)
  • Foundations of Nursing Science NURS 505 (2 cr)
  • Foundations of Nursing Science Practice Lab NURS 505L (4 cr)

    Total: 18 credits


  • Bio-behavioral Health NURS 507 (2 cr)
  • Bio-behavioral Health NURS 507L (2 cr)
  • Medical/Surgical Nursing NURS 513 (3 cr)
  • Medical/Surgical Nursing Lab NURS 513L (3 cr)
  • Introduction to Community and Public Health Nursing NURS 518 (2 cr)
  • Introduction to Community and Public Health Nursing Lab NURS 518L (3 cr)
  • Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing NURS 600 (3 cr)

    Total: 18 credits


  • Nursing Care of Childbearing Families NURS 508 (2 cr)
  • Nursing Care of Childbearing Families Lab NURS 508L (2 cr)
  • Nursing Care of Children & Families NURS 509 (2 cr)
  • Nursing Care of Children & Families Lab NURS 509L (2 cr)
  • Clinical Immersion to Nursing Practice NURS 517 (3 cr)
  • Clinical Immersion to Nursing Practice NURS 517L (5 cr)

    Total: 16 credits

Second Year

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.

2014 MEPN Informational Sessions


Contact Us

Shannon Mark, M.Ed
MEPN Coordinator

Allen Hanberg, PhD., RN
MEPN Program Director

Office of Student Services, School of Nursing & Dental Hygiene
Phone: (808) 956-8939
Email: nursing@hawaii.edu

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