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    Ok, perhaps we're confusing the MEPN program. I thought the original question was referring to UCSF's MEPN program. That program is 3 years long and as a graduate, you do become an NP or CNS.

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    yoginurse2b likes this.

    Actually, the degrees you receive from the two programs are very different. MEPN is a 3 year program. The students who graduate from MEPN become an RN and receive an NP (nurse practitioner) or CNS (clinical nurse specialist) degree.
    MECN, on the other hand, is a 2 year program. At the end of the program, you become an RN and become eligible to take an exam for a CNL (clinical nurse leader) certification. Instead of receiving an NP or CNS title as graduates do from a MEPN program, MECN graduates get a regular MSN degree. CNL is a degree/certification that was recently proposed by the AACN ( American Association of Colleges of Nursing). Not a lot of nurses and hospitals know about this title/certification, so you might want to do some research on this website ( if you are thinking about applying to a MECN program.