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By Emilio Neriz, Tucson News Now intern

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The University of Arizona has awarded a Master of Science degree for Entry to the Profession of Nursing to 16 students, making them the first to receive such degree from The University of Arizona College of Nursing at the Phoenix campus.

The MEPN program offers students with non-nursing baccalaureate degrees to enter the field as registered nurses. The 16 students attended a celebration in Phoenix on August 6th, followed by a Tucson Commencement Ceremony on August 8th.

Terry A Badger, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, professor and director of the Community & Systems Health Science Division at the University of Arizona College of Nursing said, "It's exciting that we have the only program of this kind in Arizona and now are offering it at the Phoenix campus." The first Phoenix graduates hold degrees that include philosophy, law, veterinary science, anthropology, exercise science, anatomy and education.

For the first two years, the Phoenix-based MEPN program is being supported by the Arizona Area Health Education Centers, which is directed by Sally J. Reel, PhD, RN, FNP, BC, FAAN, FAANP, associate dean of academic practice in The University of Arizona College of Nursing.

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