DePaul University in Chicago and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, Ill., are establishing a wide-ranging alliance to help address the expanding need for healthcare professionals prepared to meet the challenges of an increasingly collaborative and rapidly evolving field, according to a news release.
The Alliance for Health Sciences is designed to establish curricular pathways for DePaul students to graduate from professional degree programs at Rosalind Franklin; expand and strengthen academic programs at both schools; foster collaboration between faculties of the two institutions; and create additional research opportunities for students, according to the release.
As part of the agreement, DePaul hopes to expand its masters entry into nursing program at the Rosalind Franklin campus. The program admits those with either science or nonscience bachelors degrees, providing them with an accelerated path to becoming an RN. Rosalind Franklin University soon will break ground on a new 53,000-square-foot education facility to accommodate this program and others that have increasing enrollments.