UCSF MEPN 2023

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Hi Everyone!

I thought I’d create a thread since applications for the June 2023 start, should be opening soon.  Would be great to discuss the process, dates, etc.  

Best of luck! -Megan 

mmCA

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Hi Megan! Where are you located? Which specialty are you applying to? What is your background? Where else are you planning to apply? I've been reading lots of old threads, trying to get a sense of folks' experience, reasons for applying to UCSF/other schools and the application timeline/process. Thanks for creating a 2023 thread! 

I'm in the Bay Area, applying to the CNM program. I'll be applying whether it's MSN or DNP, and am eagerly awaiting an announcement about the program changes. Any chance you have inside info about UCSF's plans for program changes?

megan.ach

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Hi! I’m from the Bay (east bay) as well and applying to AGPCNP.  Only applying to the few Bay Area schools as I need to stay local.  I’m a career switcher and I SO wish I had insight into what this announcement is.  Thanks for reaching out! 

Nursee2be

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Hey all,

I'm with entering 2022 MEPN cohort. Want to shed some light and mention there will be significant changes to incoming MEPN classes (I believe yours included). CA starting in 2025 - I believe wants all NPs to have a DNP. Not sure what this will bring about, but the faculty and staff are working tirelessly and effortlessly to ensure the program stays successful and maintains its excellence. 

Though my cohort just completed orientation - I will say I 100% made the right decision coming to UCSF. The advisors, staff, and faculty are all so caring and want their students to succeed. 

Hope this helps. 

Hi Megan! Thanks for creating this. Looking forward to application opening...I thought applications open July 1st, 2022 for courses starting in September 2023? Please let me know if I'm mistaken! I'm also interested in MEPN with CNM specialty. 

mmCA

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Thanks for offering your insight, Nursee2be. Can you please tell us a little bit more about what this means for your class? Will you be doing a DNP? Is it required or optional for your class? Does this add one year to your program?

Also, some folks I've spoken to have suggested that some specialties and not others may be opting in now. What is your specialty? Do you happen to have any insight specific to the CNM-track MEPN students? How are folks feeling about the changes (your MEPN class vs. faculty vs. existing students?)?

Thanks!

 

mmCA

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Hey Dana, I suspect the opening of the application may be delayed a little beyond July 1, given the program changes. Right now, the website is saying that the opening of the application cycle will be announced soon. Hopefully they'll be able to make an announcement about the MSN/DNP changes on or soon after July 1, though. I know I'm kind of holding my breath until that happens, and I'm sure I'm not alone.

Where are you located? I'm in Oakland, CA and applying for the CNM as well. It would be great to connect!

Nursee2be

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2 hours ago, mmCA said:

Thanks for offering your insight, Nursee2be. Can you please tell us a little bit more about what this means for your class? Will you be doing a DNP? Is it required or optional for your class? Does this add one year to your program?

Also, some folks I've spoken to have suggested that some specialties and not others may be opting in now. What is your specialty? Do you happen to have any insight specific to the CNM-track MEPN students? How are folks feeling about the changes (your MEPN class vs. faculty vs. existing students?)?

Thanks!

 

We're not entirely sure what this means for our class yet. Though, a lot of my classmates think we may be either grandfathered in or given the optional 1 year to complete the DNP portion, again all assumptions. Staff and faculty state they'll keep up updated as they know and made aware of changes/updates. 

I am FNP - where it's the most out of all the specialties. My cohort is unique in that we're only a class of 48 compared to the almost 80 incoming MEPNs. They cut down our class size so faculty can also focus on revising the curriculum. Honestly, a small cohort is really nice. 

I'd be prepared to have the application be delayed. Our acceptance notices weren't sent out until 2 weeks after the original deadline. 

Again, it's definitely a lot of changes but UCSF is a renowned insition whose sole focus is to have its students succeed. I believe whatever comes about- it'll be intentional. 

megan.ach

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Thank you for all your insight Nursee2be. This is really helpful! I do remember reading that acceptances came out really late last year.  This all makes sense now.  Well, I guess we sit right until we hear what their plans are. Thanks again! 

mmCA

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Hi again Nursee2be. Would you mind clarifying your cohort size - MEPN cohort vs. FNP cohort? Were you saying your MEPN cohort is only 48 people? Whereas, the total MEPN cohort size is usually more like 80-85, right? 

Do you have more specific details about how many people there are for each specialty track within your MEPN cohort? I'm particularly curious about how many CNM track folks there are. I'm sure others are curious to know how many there are for each of the other specialties.

Looks like the UCSF MEPN website was updated to tell people to check back in "late July" for updates, rather than "July 1" as was on the website previously. So, I suppose the UCSF application cycle will get a late start.

Thanks again for providing insights! 

Nursee2be

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On 6/28/2022 at 5:54 PM, mmCA said:

Hi again Nursee2be. Would you mind clarifying your cohort size - MEPN cohort vs. FNP cohort? Were you saying your MEPN cohort is only 48 people? Whereas, the total MEPN cohort size is usually more like 80-85, right? 

Do you have more specific details about how many people there are for each specialty track within your MEPN cohort? I'm particularly curious about how many CNM track folks there are. I'm sure others are curious to know how many there are for each of the other specialties.

Looks like the UCSF MEPN website was updated to tell people to check back in "late July" for updates, rather than "July 1" as was on the website previously. So, I suppose the UCSF application cycle will get a late start.

Thanks again for providing insights! 

We're a total of 48 students. For the first year, your specialty track does not matter since everyone in your class takes the same classes and generally, similar rotations for clinicals. Out of the 48 students or so - about 12 are FNP. It is hard to gauge each year how many per specialty because it's based on a number of things. They told us specifically we have a smaller cohort due to changes in the program and staff/faculty needing to focus on revising the curriculum. Additionally, we're no longer at other institutions like before (Stanford, Kaiser, Dignity), strictly at UCSF hospitals/locations. 

Again, my year may be the outlier compared to previous and upcoming years.

Also,

I recommend if ya'll can - get settled into whatever place/location you'll be at. Whether it's UCSF or another program elsewhere. A lot of us worked straight up until the program starting and we're already feeling it week 1.

Take care of yourself this year - school will be there. Travel, rest, and enjoy the remaining year you have left before the hustle and bustle of school. 

mmCA

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Thanks so much, Nursee2be! Hope you and your cohort settle in despite the intensity. I'm sure it's quite a rush to jump back into school. I haven't been a student (other than prerequisites) since finishing law school in 2008, so it's hard to get my head around what it'll be like to be a full time student again. Exciting!

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