CHICAGO — DePaul University’s School of Nursing has received
regulatory approval to expand its Master’s Entry into Nursing Practice degree program
this fall to a new facility at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and
Science in North Chicago. DePaul formed the Alliance for Health Sciences with Rosalind
Franklin last year.
The approval this month was granted by the Board of Nursing
of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
This specialized master’s degree is one of the few programs designed
to allow those with science or nonscience undergraduate degrees to directly enter
into the nursing profession as registered nurses. The new program, which is
accepting applicants for classes that begin in the 2013-2014 academic year,
replicates the curriculum and facilities that are part of DePaul’s program
based in the College of Health and Science on the Lincoln Park Campus. That
program has seen significant growth in recent years and currently has a class
of more than 200 students.
According to studies by the Illinois Center for Nursing, the
health care industry is facing a significant shortage of nurses both nationally
and in Illinois. By 2020, it is estimated that the national vacancy rate for
nursing professionals will jump 20 percent, or 800,000 nurses. Illinois’
vacancy rate also is expected to rise, to 11 percent by 2015. Shortages in the
nursing workforce primarily have been the result of limited capacity in the
nation’s baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs.
“There is growing demand for nursing professionals with ever
greater levels of skill, which our program is ideally suited to meet,” said
William Cody, director of DePaul’s School of Nursing. “The expansion of the
Master’s Entry into Nursing Practice program at the Rosalind Franklin campus in
Lake County will allow us to prepare students across a significant geographic
region, including those in southern Wisconsin.”
The DePaul program will be the only master’s degree program
of this type offered in Lake County.
DePaul’s nursing program will be housed in a new 73,000-square-foot
facility, the Rothstein Warden Centennial Learning Center, currently under
construction at Rosalind Franklin University’s campus. The expanded nursing
program will be able to accommodate two cohorts of 24 students each — one
beginning in the fall quarter and the other in winter.
“DePaul’s nursing program will be housed among many other
health care programs at the new learning center, - enhancing collaboration
opportunities for health care teams that are at the heart of the
DePaul-Rosalind Franklin Alliance,” said Judith Stoecker, vice dean of the
College of Health Professions. “Adding nursing to this educational mix will
boost the team approach to health care delivery and patient-centered
An open house for prospective students interested in the nursing
program as well as other health care professions will be held April 27 at Rosalind
Franklin University, 3333 Green Bay Road, North Chicago. Those interested in
attending may RSVP at Rosalind Franklin University’s website, http://www.rosalindfranklin.edu or
by calling 847-578-3204.
In recent years, DePaul has expanded its education programs
in the sciences, establishing the College of Science and Health and building
two high-tech facilities designed specifically for science instruction. There
are more than 3,200 students enrolled in the college. Its multidisciplinary
health sciences degree, established in 2011, is DePaul’s fastest-growing
undergraduate program with more than 440 students.
The DePaul-Rosalind Franklin Alliance for Health Sciences
established was formed last year and is designed to establish curricular
pathways for DePaul students to graduate from professional degree programs at
Rosalind Franklin while expanding and strengthening academic programs at both
schools. It also fosters collaboration between faculties of the two
institutions and creates additional research opportunities for students.
About DePaul University
With approximately 25,000 students, DePaul is the largest
Catholic university in the United States and the largest private, nonprofit
university in the Midwest. The university offers about 275 graduate and
undergraduate programs of study on three Chicago and two suburban campuses.
Founded in 1898, DePaul University remains committed to providing a quality
education through personal attention to students from a wide range of
backgrounds. More at www.depaul.edu.
About Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Formed in 1912 as the Chicago Hospital-College of Medicine,
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is a national leader in
interprofessional medical and healthcare education, offering a doctor of
medicine program through the Chicago Medical School, doctor of podiatric
medicine program through the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric
Medicine, and a range of degrees through its College of Health Professions,
including nurse anesthesia, nutrition, physical therapy, pathologists’ assistant
and physician assistant, and a doctor of pharmacy through its College of
Pharmacy that welcomed its first class in August 2011. The University also
offers advanced biomedical degrees through the School of Graduate and
Postdoctoral Studies. For more information, please visit www.rosalindfranklin.edu.
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