MEPN is a 21 month program with course work not only preparing individuals for RN licensure but with an advanced knowledge base in health care leadership, health assessment, pharmacology, public and community health, and specialty practice, leading to a master’s in nursing degree. The pre-licensure component of the curriculum is based on the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) standard requirements, including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Essentials document, Baccalaureate Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for the Nursing Care of Older adults, the Master of Science (MSN) Essentials document, Quality & Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN), Knowledge, Skills, & Attitudes (KSA); and, the American Academy of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) requirements for the clinical nurse leader role frame the graduate/master’s level component of the curriculum. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) exam following completion of coursework; and the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certification exam after one year of clinical practice, and are eligible to obtain Public Health Nurse (PHN) certification.
Graduates are prepared to work in any health care setting (acute care, long-term care, federal government, community or public health, school health, etc.). After 6-12 months of RN practice, these graduates will quickly advance in the health care setting they are employed. The degree and experience makes the MEPN graduate eligible to serve as clinical faculty in many schools of nursing and prepares them to be eligible to enter either a clinical doctorate in nursing practice or research PhD program in nursing.