Are you interested in fast-tracking it to NP status?
The UCSF MEPN
program is for people with BA's or BS's in subjects other than nursing. In fact, they emphasize that not having much previous health experience is okay. In three years you become a nurse practitioner. (Incidentally, I'm currently applying to this program for 2008.)
I'm having trouble finding information on other such programs, if they exist.
Please post such information here. I think it would be a great resource for people.:spin: Please include hyperlinks to the actual program page! It makes it so much easier!
Check out this link from AACN.
They give a detailed list of all of the accelerated direct-entry MSN programs.
Azusa Pacific University
California State University-Bakersfield
California State University-Dominguez Hills
California State University-Fresno
California State University-Long Beach
California State University-Los Angeles
California State University-Sacramento
Samuel Merritt College
San Francisco State University
Sonoma State University
University of California-Los Angeles
University of California-San Francisco
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
Western University of Health Science
Last edit by sunnyjohn on Sep 14, '07
Sep 17, '07
EBear and Sharann: You both raise some very valid concerns and have got me thinking about these issues. I'd like to make a polite suggestion, however, that one of you start a new thread, perhaps entitled: "NP's without nursing experience: can they be any good?" Or something along those lines.
From what I know about one of the most prestigious MEPN programs, that of UCSF, they actually encourage people with non-health care, non-medical backgrounds to apply. I think it has something to do with the value of varied life experiences. They do encourage some previous health-related work, volunteer work for example, and other obvious things like speaking a second language.
I'll just add that personally I volunteered in a free clinic for years before deciding to pursue a career in health-care. And though I can see the obvious annoyance of having an NP, without any RN work experience, trying to tell RN's what to do, I assume that already happens with doctors. (Joke, some of my best friends are doctors
Perhaps if I have a few moments I'll start the new thread myself. If one of you does, however, please let me know.
Last edit by Thunderwolf on Oct 16, '07
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Sep 17, '07
by sirI, MSN, APRN, NP
No need to start a thread about the topic of no RN experience prior to NP program.
Here is the current very lengthy thread (sticky thread found in the NP forum):
Last edit by sirI on Sep 17, '07