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Master's Entry to the Profession of Nursing (MEPN) - How to Apply


Admission to the Master’s Entry to the Profession of Nursing (MEPN) is highly competitive and the following requirements are the minimum required to apply.  The College of Nursing is committed to creating an academically challenging and supportive educational community of students with diverse talents, experiences, viewpoints, and cultural backgrounds.  The College is particularly interested in students who are highly motivated and demonstrate a distinguished level of scholarship, integrity, leadership and service to others.  The College seeks students who are prepared to benefit from and contribute to a rigorous and diverse learning environment and contribute to a dynamic and culturally competent health care work force.

Program options are available in Phoenix (24 admits per cohort) and Tucson (66 admits per cohort). You may choose Tucson only, Tucson Preferred, Phoenix only, or Phoenix Preferred on your application. Location preference is assigned based on admission rank.

Coursework and Schedule

The 15 month MEPN program is a full-time program with a highly demanding schedule. Students start coursework in May and end in August of the following year. It is strongly recommended to avoid working while in the program as the full-time, masters level coursework and clinical rotations often require more than forty hours a week to complete.

MEPN Phoenix
Phoenix cohorts take courses at The University of Arizona Phoenix Biomedical Campus located at 7th Street and Van Buren in Phoenix, AZ and participate in clinical work in the surrounding Phoenix-metro area. Students interested in the Phoenix option should attend an Application Workshop in Tucson, call 520.626.3808, or email

MEPN Admission Requirements:

  • Completion of College of Nursing prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better in each course.

  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA for prerequisite courses (40% of the admission score) required for admission eligibility.

  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA for the last 60 units completed (20% of the admission score) required for admission eligibility.

    The last 60 units taken is based on the grades earned in your most recent 60 semester equivalent units of college or graduate level coursework taken at regionally accredited institutions. To calculate this, start with your most recent coursework and count backwards 60 units; if 60 units is in the middle of a semester, include the entire semester in which you reached 60 units. (This new rule is effect for the October 1, 2014 application date. Prior cycles required the cumulative GPA of all units ever taken.)

  • A conferred Baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.

  • Complete the College of Nursing online application, including two personal statements (20% of the admission score) and disclosure questionnaire. 

    • Choose a location: Students may choose Tucson only, Tucson preferred, Phoenix preferred, Phoenix only on their College of Nursing application. Location is assigned based on admission rank and on location preference.

  • Complete the Graduate College application for admission to the University of Arizona as a degree-seeking student.  Admission information (deadlines, applications and instructions) are available via the Graduate College.

  • The top candidates for admission will be asked to complete an interview (20% of admission score).

No standardized entrance exams are needed for the College of Nursing Program admission or Graduate College admission.

Additional Application Steps:

  • Applicants should note that an interview is required of top applicants, one month after the application deadline
  • Scanned transcripts from EVERY post-secondary institution attended must be uploaded to the Graduate College application. Official, sealed transcripts will be required and must be submitted to the Graduate College upon offer of admission.

  • Complete the MEPN Application Checklist.

Application Deadline for the MEPN

  • The MEPN program requires all prerequisite courses and a non-nursing bachelors degree be completed, and posted on transcripts, prior to the application deadline. Selection for interviews occurs within one month of the application deadline. Final admission notification occurs two months after the application deadline.
  • To begin May 2015, apply by Oct. 1, 2014.
    • Applications for May 2015 and after will be due Oct. 1 of the proceeding year. For example:
    • October 1, 2014 for May 2015 start
    • October 1, 2015 for May 2016 start


For more information contact:

Office of Student Affairs
Location: College of Nursing, Room 112
Hours:  Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Phone:  520-626-3808 or 1-800-288-6158




Accreditation and Affiliations 
The University of Arizona College of Nursing is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing, and affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing  and the Western Institute of Nursing



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