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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.

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). 

  • Full-time plan of study, on-campus
  • 76 total credits over 5 consecutive semesters
  • In-person clinicals required in SC Midlands area
  • 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)

*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.
*MEPN application is open Sept 25-Oct 15

MSN program costs depend on several factors. Estimate your costs by visiting the university’s Bursar’s Office 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 and scholarships for graduate study. 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. 

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