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Non-Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Required

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Make a Difference as a Nurse

The North Park University Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing (DEMSN) is for students who have successfully completed a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and provides the opportunity for individuals who want to transition from their current career into a career as a professional registered nurse.

Our School of Nursing and Health Sciences delivers quality, student-centered learning experiences for DEMSN students using a variety of instructional methods to allow students with different learning styles to achieve identified student learning outcomes. Clinical and non-clinical coursework within the DEMSN curriculum also offers learning opportunities to provide safe, quality nursing care across the lifespan and in various clinical settings.


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Demonstrate effective communication with interprofessional partners to improve the health of individuals and populations.

Plan, deliver, and evaluate effective, culturally responsive care to improve individual and population-based health outcomes with intentional emphasis on urban environments.

Apply leadership skills in the design, coordination, delivery, and evaluation of safe and high-quality patient care.

Plan quality improvement initiatives to improve health outcomes.

Advocate for policies to improve the health of the public and the profession of nursing.

Design strategies for life-long learning that incorporate professional nursing standards and accountability for practice.

Apply evidence-based approaches to guide master’s-level nursing practice.


The curriculum for our Direct Entry MSN in Chicago contains 59 concepts organized by five nursing domains, which faculty introduce throughout the program.

Nursing Across the Lifespan

Learn to be a provider of holistic care across the health-illness trajectory over the entire lifespan.

Population Health

Utilize public health competencies to address the social determinants of health in the promotion of health outcomes and disease prevention at the individual, community, and systems level of care.

Evidence-Based Practice/ Quality Improvement

Identify practice issues, integrate best practice with clinical expertise, apply improvement methods, and evaluate outcomes.


Become effective at the individual and systems levels within the current cultural, economic, and political climate.

Professional Identity/Communication

Establish a foundation for professionalism, effective communication, and collaborative practice.


The Direct Entry MSN at North Park University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences in Chicago offers you expert instruction and strategic partnerships with hospitals and clinics that will help you build the foundation you need to become a leader in the nursing field. You’ll have the chance to gain valuable experience and broaden your skills for a wide range of responsibilities and roles.

Our faculty are dedicated to your success; small class sizes and in-person personalized instruction allow you to build relationships with your instructors as they partner with you to meet your educational and career goals.

The master’s degree program in nursing at North Park University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Students who complete the Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing (DEMSN) track requirements will be qualified to apply for the professional nurse licensing examination, the NCLEX-RN.

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