Carr College of Nursing launched a Master’s Entry into Professional Nursing program in fall 2020. This is the first prelicensure Master of Science in Nursing program in Arkansas and permits graduates to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam as well as achieve higher levels of nursing.
The MEPN program equips registered nurses to provide excellent patient care while understanding the complexities of the healthcare system. Graduates will be prepared for direct patient care roles as well as indirect roles in diverse settings. Special topics in the MEPN program include, but are not limited to, leadership, management, quality improvement and care coordination. MEPN graduates will be prepared to lead and serve in administrative roles as their careers progress.
The year-round, five-semester program includes 72 credit hours, 1,032 clinical hours and prepares students with a bachelor’s degree or at least 90 undergraduate credit hours and undergraduate nursing prerequisites to become advanced entry-level professional nurses. The MEPN program is ideal for individuals seeking an exciting career change to professional nursing and healthcare. The degree allows faster attainment of the advanced practice roles in nursing and completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice following graduation.
“This is an exciting opportunity for Carr College of Nursing to offer a master’s entry for those who already have a bachelor’s degree but also for
incoming freshmen to move straight through undergraduate classes right into master’s level courses,” said Debby Nutt, program director. “The program will be a benefit to healthcare organizations across the state of Arkansas, the United States and other countries.”