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DePaulís School of Nursing receives approval to expand masterís degree program

Saturday May 4, 2013
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DePaul Universityís School of Nursing in Chicago has received regulatory approval to expand its Masterís Entry into Nursing Practice degree program this fall to a new facility at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, Ill., according to a news release. 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 & Professional Regulation.

The specialized masterís degree is designed to allow those with science or nonscience undergraduate degrees to directly enter into the nursing profession as RNs. The new program, which is accepting applicants for classes that begin in the 2013-14 academic year, replicates the curriculum and facilities that are part of DePaulís program based in the College of Health and Science at the Chicago Lincoln Park campus. That program has seen significant growth in recent years and has a class of more than 200 students, according to the release.

"There is growing demand for nursing professionals with ever greater levels of skill, which our program is ideally suited to meet," William Cody, RN, PhD, CNE, FAAN, director of DePaulís School of Nursing, said in the release. "The expansion of the Masterís 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."

DePaulís nursing program will be housed in a new 73,000-square-foot facility, the Rothstein Warden Centennial Learning Center, under construction at Rosalind Franklin Universityís 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.

"DePaulís nursing program will be housed among many other healthcare programs at the new learning center — enhancing collaboration opportunities for healthcare teams that are at the heart of the DePaul-Rosalind Franklin Alliance," Judith Stoecker, PT, PhD, vice dean of Rosalindís College of Health Professions, said in the release. "Adding nursing to this educational mix will boost the team approach to healthcare delivery and patient-centered care."

The DePaul-Rosalind Franklin Alliance for Health Sciences 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, according to the release. It also fosters collaboration between faculties of the two institutions and creates additional research opportunities for students.

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