During the 2014-2015 academic year the MEPN program will be under review and WILL NOT be accepting applications until further notice. Please check this page periodically for any additional updates.

Admission Criteria for the MEPN Clinical Nurse Leader Role Option

Below is a list of the admissions requirements for the MEPN Program.  The application deadline is dependent on when you attend a MEPN Workshop.  For a step-by-step list of the application process, please click here [PDF].

Please click here for Frequently Asked Questionsabout the MEPN admission process.

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 science Pre-requisites required (Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology)
  • 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 and submit certification.
  • Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (score greater or equal to 8).  This will be completed after you are admitted in the program. See Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement in the University Catalog for more information.

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

Pre-requisites for Admission Pre-requisites for Coursework
Chemistry3 units *  Basic Pathophysiology3 units
Critical Thinking3 units * (pre-requisite to MSN 527) 
English 3 units Research methods  3 units
Human Anatomy with Lab 4 units    (pre-requisite to MSN 530) 
Human Physiology with Lab4 units   
Microbiology with Lab4 units  Required for licensure 
Speech3 units Psychology3 units
Statistics3 units Sociology3 units

*Pathophysiologyand Research Methods are no longer required for admission; however, they are pre-requisites to coursework in the MEPN program and must be completed prior to enrollment in this course.  Due to time constraints after starting the MEPN Program, we highly encourageyou to complete these before the fall semester starts.

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
  • Recent photograph
  • Letter of Intent and Goals
  • Transferable and/or Healthcare Work Experience
  • Community Activities
  • Leadership Activities
  • Reflection on Nursing as a Career
  • 3 Letters of Reference
  • Practical Plan of Action
  • CSU Application Confirmation

Please click here [PDF] for the MEPN application process.

3 units