The UCSF School of Nursing is located in San Francisco’s vibrant Inner Sunset neighborhood at the Parnassus campus, adjacent to the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and the UCSF Medical Center. Parnassus is the heart of UCSF and offers countless opportunities for activity, collaboration, and social gatherings. With it’s proximity to Golden Gate Park, excellent restaurants, public transportation, Ocean Beach and all the energy and excitement of San Francisco, the UCSF School of Nursing is ideally situated for your graduate school experience.

⚈ Masters Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) Overview:
MEPN, a three-year program leading to a Master of Science degree in nursing, is for persons without previous nursing preparation but who hold a baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree in another field. For Graduates holding specialized bachelor's degrees (e.g., Bachelor of Fine Arts--BFA) please review this page to determine if you will meet UCSF's MEPN admissions baccalaureate requirements.

Graduates of this program are prepared as “advanced practice nurses,” which is a registered nurse with graduate academic preparation and advanced clinical skills that qualify her/him as an expert in a defined area of knowledge and practice. The advanced practice nurse's role incorporates the functions of clinician, educator, consultant, and/or researcher.

You must learn which MS specialty area includes the advance practice role that is right for you.  The specialty area that you select is the main focus of the criteria used during the application screening process.

Between the MEPN path and the traditional Master of Science path to advanced practice nursing the difference is that MEPN students begin their program with four quarters of generalist foundation training in nursing. Then, in the summer following successful completion of the MEPN first year coursework, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination) as approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). By comparison, licensed and experienced RNs should apply to the "regular" Masters of Science program.

⚈ PhD, Nursing Overview:
Doctoral preparation is the beginning of a life of inquiry -- graduates become scientists who conduct research in nursing and who contribute to the development of knowledge in our profession. They answer the "why" and "how" questions and focus their careers as academic faculty or clinical researcher. Through these positions, they continue to generate the knowledge base of the discipline.
If you have clinical experience which leads you to ask those "why" and "how" questions, it's likely that we have faculty who would enjoy helping you find answers. Review our faculty research activities and faculty profiles to see the areas of research they have explored, and then take a look at the courses offer for doctoral study.


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