Founded in 1898 by Vincentians to ensure that immigrants had access to a high-quality education, DePaul has grown to become the nation's largest Catholic university. Its mission of providing an unparalleled educational experience accessible to all is accomplished through a learn-by-doing approach, with an urban flare. Many graduate programs have classes in the evening and on weekends. DePaul's two urban campuses are easily reached by public transportation; the Loop campus is at the south end of Chicago's downtown area, and the 32-acre Lincoln Park campus is located on the city's north side. There are also suburban satellite campuses: O'Hare, Naperville, South/Oak Forest, and Rolling Meadows. Numerous student organizations offer extensive opportunities for participation in both community and University activities. There are music performance groups, theater groups, student publications, sports, and honor and service societies. Athletic facilities include two gymnasiums, a swimming pool, racquetball courts, and extensive physical education equipment.
Nursing graduates have successfully achieved positions as bedside nurses, case managers, community health nurses, traveling nurses, unit managers, clinical educators, educational administrators, chief nursing officers, research coordinators, and advanced practice nurses in private practice.
The Location and Community
Students enrolled in graduate programs at DePaul reap many benefits from the University's location in one of the most dynamic cities in the world. Chicago is one of the nation's largest business and cultural centers, with a wide array of academic and entertainment resources. Graduate students can tap into internships and permanent positions and network with industry professionals while earning their degrees.
Programs of study and degree requirements
The Vincentian mission, a diverse learning community, and innovative programs that aim to set the standard for the nursing profession distinguish nursing education at DePaul University. DePaul's vision foresees professional nurses as highly empowered clinical partners in health promotion and disease prevention and leaders in creating a just health-care system that is affordable, effective, and compassionate. It drives the academic programs and professional socialization for the student of nursing at DePaul University. DePaul's students are a diverse group of adult learners with a variety of first-career interests and future goals. Registered nurses come to advance their careers and gain greater autonomy with a degree or certificate in advanced practice nursing. Non-nurses with an interest in health science and health care seek a personally rewarding career as a professional nurse, with the freedom to pursue a variety of nontraditional career paths.
DePaul was the first university in Illinois to establish a graduate program of nursing, and it has been continuously accredited since 1978. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education currently accredits the master's degree programs. The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs provides specialty accreditation for the nurse anesthesia program in affiliation with the Evanston-Northwestern School of Anesthesia. The generic nursing master's degree program is approved by the State of Illinois Department of Regulation and Licensing.
The Department of Nursing offers two master's-level nursing programs. The Master's Entry to Nursing Practice Program, designed for the college graduate who wants to become a registered nurse, provides the foundation for generalist nursing practice and eligibility for the RN licensure examination (NCLEX-RN). Preparation and evaluation for licensure examination are integrated throughout the curriculum, with a passing score required for progression and graduation. DePaul also offers the Master of Science degree in nine advanced practice nursing programs: adult nursing, community health nursing, family nursing, medical-surgical clinical nursing, nurse anesthesia, nursing administration and leadership, nursing education and scholarship, pediatric nursing, and women's health primary care nursing. These programs include a core curriculum of nursing courses, a core of advanced practice courses, selected courses in a specialty area, and a research project. When applicable, graduates are eligible to take certification exams provided by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
The adult nursing, family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, and women's health care nurse practitioner programs prepare students for careers in those specialties in primary care practice. The medical-surgical clinical nurse specialist program teaches students to become clinical specialists in medical-surgical nursing to care for individuals with a known or predicted physiological alteration. Subspecialization occurs through supervised clinical practice with master's-prepared preceptors and focused study within required courses. The community health program provides students with substantial clinical experience in the assessment of the health of a community and proficiency in planning, implementation, and evaluation of population-focused programs. The nurse anesthesia program prepares students to become registered professional nurses working as independent practitioners in nurse anesthesia. The nursing administration and leadership program provides students with the knowledge and skills for nursing administration, preparing them to assume entry-level positions in nursing administration or advanced clinical management roles. The nursing education and scholarship program is designed for the registered nurse who plans to earn a doctorate in nursing in preparation for a career in the academy or research. This option provides maximum flexibility in selecting courses of study as well as basic preparation in nursing education, including 180 hours of nursing education practice.
The graduate nursing program is administered through DePaul's campuses in Lincoln Park and Naperville and through the Evanston-Northwestern Health Care School of Anesthesia, the University of Chicago Hospitals Academy, and Chicago's Sherman Hospital.
Facilities & Resources
DePaul University offers extensive advising, content-area tutoring, and computer lab facilities and workshops to assist students. The two main campuses have significantly expanded their facilities within the past decade, increasing both library and lab space. Opportunities for research are extensive at DePaul. The on-site library system includes facilities on each of the University's six campuses. The library offers access to the holdings of more than forty Illinois libraries through ILLINET Online and the catalogs of more than 800 Illinois libraries. Electronic resources such as e-journals, database access, online research assistance, and book ordering are available through the University's Web site. Graduate nursing candidates also perform their research through practical, hands-on experience in clinical and hospital settings.
Expenses and Aid
Full-time tuition for the academic year is $567 per credit hour.
The U.S. Department of Education's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other financial aid links for graduate students are available on the Web through DePaul's graduate programs site.
Graduate students are welcome at the new University Center of Chicago, just one block from DePaul's Loop Campus in the heart of Chicago. The eighteen-story building features studios and two- and four-bedroom apartments with kitchens as well as residence-hall-style semisuites with semiprivate bathrooms. The building offers a food court, a workout center, a rooftop garden, a laundry, meeting and study rooms, and many other amenities. Rates range from $6678 to $11,526 annually.
How to Apply
For full admission to the program, the minimum course requirements are two semesters of biology (anatomy, physiology, and microbiology are recommended) and two semesters of chemistry, both organic and inorganic. Prerequisites to the nursing courses may be completed before or after admission; these include Basic Statistics or Research, Introduction to Financial Management, Abnormal Psychology, and Medical Sociology. Prospective graduate students may apply online by going to http://www.depaul.edu/admission/graduate_admission.asp.
Who to Contact
Department of Nursing
990 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60614
• Susan Poslusny, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Nursing; Ph.D., RN.
• Ron Graf, Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Clinical Systems; D.N.Sc., RN, IBCLC,
• Christine Werdrick, Coordinator, Student Academic Services and Department Operations.
• Lin Drury, Associate Professor and Program Director, Nurse Practitioner/Community Health Programs; D.N.Sc., APRN.
• Julie Donalek, Visiting Assisting Professor and Program Co-Director, Graduate Generic Program; D.N.Sc., RN, APRN, BC.
• Bernadette Roche, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program; Ph.D., APN, CRNA.
• Kim Amer, Ph.D., RN. Adult/family nursing.
• Connie Cooper, M.S.N., RN. Community/mental health nursing.
• Barbara Gaffke, Ph.D., RN. Nursing administration and education.
• Karyn Holm, Ph.D., RN, FAAN. Medical-surgical nursing.
• Lola Prince, M.S., RN, APRN, BC-FNP. Adult/family nursing.
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