New entry-level Masters program at U of A!! - page 19

hi, all in the last week, u of az has posted a change to their programs. they have dropped their 2nd degree bsn and have added a mepn program (master's entry to the profession of nursing (mepn)... Read More

  1. Visit  Joshuapvd profile page
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    If you go to the Facebook page there is a post from last year that stated the tuition was around 35k for in state and 45k for out of state.
  2. Visit  Gelica13 profile page
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    Thanks!
  3. Visit  lovetoski profile page
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    I spoke with the U of A yesterday and they would not reveal how many students are currently on the alternate list. I am moving forward with BLS and immunizations and I am also speaking with Grand Canyon University. However, U of A is my first choice.
  4. Visit  brinnym3 profile page
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    Hi -

    I am looking into UoA MEPN program but I am confused as to what degree or certification one is awarded once they graduate from it? Is it a MS degree and not an MSN? Also, what is the difference between MSN and MS-RN (which is what UoA awards I think)

    I am trying to decide between UoA MEPN program and a program that offers a Generalist Masters of Nursing awarding an MSN as well as the opportunity to sit for the Clinical Nurse Leader Certificate. Which one is offering more to it's graduates?

    Any information about this program, the degrees, and any other input would be greatly appreciated!

    Also, congrats to all those that got into the program!
  5. Visit  sandee0606 profile page
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    I got into the MEPN cohort for 2014 (Tucson) as well! Congratulations to the rest of you that I'll be seeing soon!
  6. Visit  Joshuapvd profile page
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    Quote from brinnym3
    Hi - I am looking into UoA MEPN program but I am confused as to what degree or certification one is awarded once they graduate from it? Is it a MS degree and not an MSN? Also, what is the difference between MSN and MS-RN (which is what UoA awards I think) I am trying to decide between UoA MEPN program and a program that offers a Generalist Masters of Nursing awarding an MSN as well as the opportunity to sit for the Clinical Nurse Leader Certificate. Which one is offering more to it's graduates? Any information about this program, the degrees, and any other input would be greatly appreciated! Also, congrats to all those that got into the program!
    I am confused on the actual class of the degree itself as well, but the way I have come to understand it is that you are getting your MS as well as fulfilling the requirements to sit for the NCLEX. You would be going in the profession with the same amount of training as a BSN and you will basically qualify for the same jobs. If you want to look at it technically you are getting a MS and you coursework is in Nursing so it sounds like it could be construed as a MS in Nursing (MSN). When you look at the training that goes a long with normal MSN programs and even other accelerated MSN programs the training is much different. You would most likely get more advanced and specialized training in an actual MSN program and learn also how to manage patient care. So with that being said the MSN CNL program that you are debating on would offer you more training as an advanced nurse leader and most likely more experience with patient care. The program is most likely longer which attributes to more training. Also a CNL is an actual advanced designation that the program offers for which you sit for an exam and if you pass then you are a Clinical Nurse leader. So a MSN, RN, CNL is more experienced and qualified then a MS, RN. Sorry if my explanation sounds a little convoluted, but I hope it helps!
  7. Visit  brinnym3 profile page
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    Joshuapdv, okay that makes sense. I reached out to the College of Nursing at UoA asking about the degree awarded and they responded:

    "The degree is actually just a Master of Science degree, with a concentration in Entry to the Profession of Nursing. It is an entry level program for students who are not currently nurses, seeking initial RN licensure. Because of this the degree does not carry any specialties or advanced licensure or certification, such as CNL, but is designed to prepare students for the NCLEX-RN and can be considered comparable to an accelerated second bachelor’s program, although the coursework is at the graduate level."

    So what you said was correct. From my understanding, if you want to go to NP school later on, you would still have to go get another Masters after this program before applying to NP school. Are you looking into nursing at Arizona or anywhere else?
  8. Visit  Jdahl14 profile page
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    Hi, Congrats to all of you who were accepted to the program and begin this May! I am planning to apply this upcoming Oct. and was curious if any current students in this program can talk about the schedule? I went to the info. session and they said it was six days a week 7am-5pm. I understand it's at a gradate level and it's accelerated but would love to hear what a current student's experience is. Thanks in advance for your time!
  9. Visit  lovetoski profile page
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    Good news! I got the call I've been waiting for from the U of A--a seat has become available for the MEPN program. I start on the 19th. YAY!!!!!!!
  10. Visit  paiget128 profile page
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    I am applying for MEPN in October, and just wanted to know what cumulative and pre-req GPAs anyone who got in for 2014 had? My GPAs are above minimum but not awesome...

    Thanks!
  11. Visit  TLeeM profile page
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    As an FYI they are changing the requirement for next year. Instead of cumm GPA, they will take last 60 units and prerequisite GPA.
  12. Visit  Sultaria profile page
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    Hello everyone,

    I am currently a psychology student at the U of A, and I am on track to be graduating in December with a BA in psychology. I have a lot of pre-requisites required for the U of A MEPN program. Actually, I have only 2 more pre-reqs I need to complete in order to qualify for the program after finishing my degree. My GPA is 3.96 and my pre-req GPA so far is 4.0.

    I have read this entire thread and am still not sure whether or not to apply for this program. The main thing that concerns me is being in a huge amount of debt. I am already at 20K for my undergrad coursework, and it seems like a huge burden to take on another 40+ thousand dollar loan to pay for a program which supposedly (according to a lot of people on here) gives you a BSN education.

    So, to all the students who went to this program, I am wondering: are there any scholarships or sponsorships available, or are you for the most part stuck paying this 40K loan yourself? Also, do I need an Immunization record? I currently have my Fingerprint clearance card, but a rather old immunization record. I have a false-positive reaction to the TB test, which would require a chest x-ray, and I don't have medical insurance that would cover these rather expensive costs. Overall, would you say this program is worth it, or am I better off on another track (i.e. second bachelors, community college, etc)? My parents are basically pressuring me to do this program, but they aren't willing to pay for any of the costs associated with it, which is why I need answers to make the right decision. So, if there are any current/former students of this program who can share their experiences with me and answer my questions in a comprehensive way, I would greatly appreciate it. This is a very important decision, and I do not want to make the wrong one.
  13. Visit  Polo goalie profile page
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    Are there any grads from the most recent cohort (graduated in 2014) that can give prospective UA MEPN students some insight. From reading this thread, it does not seem like students have very positive things to say, but I am applying and would like some current insight.

    I have contacted UA and spoke with them, and of course they make their program sound good, but hearing form more students (current or past) would be very beneficial in making any future decisions.

    Thanks in advance!!

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