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Complete Your MSN in 2 Years

Want to pursue a career in nursing, but don’t want to go back to school for another bachelors degree? Fairfield University’s Accelerated Master’s Entry to Practice Nursing (MEPN) program provides a unique opportunity for those with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in an accelerated format. The MEPN is the first such program in the state of Connecticut to prepare advanced generalists for registered nursing practice and leadership.

The program is designed to draw upon your prior education and experience, allowing you to earn a master’s degree in two years. The MEPN program will equip students with valuable knowledge and skills to lead change, promote health, and elevate care in a variety of settings. At the completion of this program, students will be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse.

The next MEPN cohort begins May 2021.

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Contact Us

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Erica Wuchiski

Professor and Director of MEPN

Office of Graduate Admission

P: (203) 254-4184
F: (203) 254-4199
gradadmis@fairfield.edu

Fairfield Egan Fast Facts

Top 75
Best Grad Program in Nation
- U.S. News & World Report
#3
Masters of Science in Nursing in Connecticut

- U.S. News and World Report

NLN
Center of Excellence in Nursing Education
SSH
Society for Simulation in Healthcare Accredited

Industry at a Glance

12%

Job Growth for 2018-28 - Bureau of Labor Statistics

$71,730/year

Median Salary - Bureau of Labor Statistics

55%

CT Nurses Hold a Baccalaureate Degree or Higher - The Connecticut Center for Nursing Workforce

Requirements & Curriculum

The MEPN program is a 76 credit/800 clinical hour program to be completed full-time over 24 months.

Required Courses

Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
General Chemistry for Health Science and General Chemistry for Health Science Lab
Developmental Psychology
Elements of Microbiology & Elements of Microbiology Lab
Statistics
Introduction to Professional Nursing
Fundamentals of Nursing Care & Lab
Advanced Health Assessment & Advanced Lab
Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology
Nursing Leadership Roles for Systems Improvement & Advanced Clinical
Mental Health Nursing & Clinical
Medical Surgical Nursing I & Clinical
Medical Surgical Nursing II & Clinical
Advanced Pharmacology
Pediatric Nursing & Clinical
Research Methods for EBP
Geriatric Nursing & Clinical
Maternal & Newborn Nursing
Population Health
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Palliative Care Across the Lifespan Graduate Course
Advanced Healthcare Policy
Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement
Transition to Professional Nursing Practice & Clinical
Masters Leadership Practicum & Advanced Clinical
Critical Care

Egan Admission

Admission to the program will be competitively offered to students who hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four–year college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.3 or better. Applicants must have completed the required pre-requisite courses prior to admission.

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Program Comparison (ASDNU vs. MEPN)

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Program Comparison (ASDNU vs. MEPN)

  ASDNU MEPN
Format Full Time Accelerated -Hybrid (online and on-campus) Full Time Accelerated -Hybrid (online and on-campus)
Length of Program 15 Months 24 Months
Number of Credits 60 72
Prerequisites - Humanities Two English courses, One Philosophy course, One Ethics course, One religion course Two English courses, One Philosophy course, One Ethics course, One religion course
Prerequisites - Sciences Human Anatomy&Physiology I with lab, Human Anatomy&Physiology II with lab, Microbiology with lab, Chemistry with lab, Developmental Psychology, and Statistics Human Anatomy&Physiology I with lab, Human Anatomy&Physiology II with lab, Microbiology with lab, Chemistry with lab, Developmental Psychology, and Statistics
GPA minimum from Bachelor's Degree 3.0 3.3
Degree awarded at completion Bachelor of Science in Nursing Master of Science in Nursing
Career Paths Hospital Nurse, Public Health Nurse, Home Care Nurse, Travel Nurse, Hospice nurse, Physician's Office nurse, Mental Health Nurse, School Nurse, Nurse Case Manager and more… After 2 years of clinical experience: Executive Management (hospital directors, unit managers), Nursing Research, Data analysis and Quality Improvement, Nurse Educator, Legal Nurse Consultant, Academia, Public Policy/Government and more…

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