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Master's Programs

Entry to Practice Nursing

Our new Master’s Entry to Practice Nursing (MEPN) will prepare non-nurse baccalaureate-prepared individuals to enter the nursing profession as master’s degree graduates.

Application Deadline

Application are accepted May 1 - October 1 for spring entry.

Want to learn more? View our Ask The Expert video session with Director of Graduate Admissions, Scott Ranges and Graduate Program faculty!

This unique program provides the opportunity to gain education and experience as a direct-care provider of nursing in a variety of settings. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX). 

The MEPN program is a total of 76 credits over 5 consecutive semesters. Full-time plan of study, on-campus with in-person clinicals required in SC Midlands area. 


(NOTE: will need 6 credits of elective not listed over the whole program)  

1st semester
  • NURS 709 - Pathophysiological Concepts for Nursing Practice
  • NURS 711 - Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing Practice 
  • NURS 712 - Health Assessment for Nursing Practice +
  • NURS 713 - Nursing Practice Fundamentals + *
2nd semester
  • NURS 700 - Theoretical and Conceptual Foundation for Nursing  A
  • NURS 721 - Gerontological Nursing Care  B
  • NURS 714  - Maternal/Newborn Nursing Practice *
  • NURS 715 - Pediatric Nursing Practice *
  • NURS 730 – Population Health Nursing
3rd semester
  • NURS 723 - Medical Surgical Nursing Practice I *
  • NURS 729 - Psychiatric Nursing Practice *
  • NURS 745 - Nursing Ethics, Policy & Advocacy A 
  • NURS 746 - Informatics, Technology, and Emerging Issues B

(NOTE: will need 6 credits of elective not listed over the whole program) 

Semester 4
  • NURS 726 - Medical Surgical Nursing Practice II *
  • NURS 750 - Transition to Nursing Practice I
  • NURS 789 - Statistical and Research Methods for Nursing Practice  A 
  • NURS 791 - Seminar in Nursing Research B
Semester 5
  • NURS 748 - Care Coordination and Outcomes Management in Nursing Practice
  • NURS 751 - Transition to Nursing Practice II +
  • NURS 747 - Leadership and Safety for Nursing Practice
  • NURS 720 - A Clinical Applications of Population Analysis


Total 76 credits / 784 direct clinical hours
+on campus lab                                                                                                               *course requires clinical hours
A indicated A term; B indicated B term. If not noted, full semester course.

  • Bachelor's Degree from a nationally accredited program
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from previous undergraduate course work
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • A personal goal statement that reflects MSN program outcomes
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume
  • GRE not required
  • *Pre-requisite courses: Anatomy & Physiology 1 and 2 with lab (ex. BIOL 243, BIOL 243L, BIOL 244, BIOL 244L), Microbiology with Lab (ex. BIOL 250, BIOL 250L), Chemistry with Lab (ex CHEM 102, CHEM 102L or CHEM 111, CHEM111L, CHEM 112, and CHEM 112L) and Human Growth and Development (ex. PSYC 420).  Courses should be completed at a regionally accredited university.  Plese check our Transfer Table for equivalent courses.  

*All pre-requisites must have been completed in the last 10 years with a C or greater grade. Please check with academic advisor regarding specific courses/timeframe.

The Graduate School coordinates online applications to our master's and doctoral programs. There may be supporting materials that are required along with your online application for graduate admission, so be sure to review the requirements before you apply.

The MEPN program accepts students for spring entry. 

  • Admission cycle for spring entry:
    Application opens - May 1
    Early decision deadline - July 1

MSN program costs depend on several factors. For estimated costs and fees, view Graduate Programs Cost Estimates 2021-2022 and MEPN Anticipated Start-Up and Final Semester Out of Pocket Costs. For the most up-to-date cost information, visit the Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees website.

Financial aid is available. To determine your eligibility, complete the FAFSA form on the university’s Financial Aid website. The College of Nursing also offers general scholarships. In addition, other scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available through The Graduate School and the university’s Financial Aid and Scholarships office.

Contact Us

Phone: 803-777-9173

Williams-Brice Building, Room 208
1601 Greene St.
Columbia, SC 29208


Progra Director

Meet the Director

Eboni Herbert Harris, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE, is board certified as a family nurse practitioner and nurse educator. She has practiced in a variety of settings including hospice, physical medicine and rehabilitation, urgent care, most recently with special needs populations. She is passionate about student success and mentoring student leaders. 

Meet the MEPN Graduate Student Advisor

Tawanie Pointer is a Student Affairs Coordinator in the Office of Academic Affairs.  She serves as the graduate student advisor for the MEPN program.

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