Commit to a new career that serves the cause of better health for all with North Park University.
Our Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing program prepares you to enter the nursing profession with an advanced degree. Over an intensive but rewarding five semesters, our Chicago nursing program can help you equip yourself to provide safe and competent clinical practice, nursing leadership, and patient-centered advocacy rooted in Christian principles.
Combining in-person classes with 540 hours of clinical experience and some online coursework, our 73-credit DEMSN will develop your high-level thinking skills across five key domains:
Our DEMSN program can equip you for practice in a wide range of professional settings and locations, although we do emphasize care of diverse, urban communities like the one we call home. Our Chicago nursing school also has clinical affiliations with many health care facilities across the region, so you have opportunities to gain a wide variety of hands-on experience before you graduate.
Our nursing program is designed for applicants who want to make a career change to nursing and hold a bachelor’s degree in any other academic major. Our Direct Entry MSN can be completed in as few as 20 months.
Courses combine engaging classroom instruction, training in our state-of-the-art simulation labs, and clinical rotations with local affiliated organizations.
Our nursing school’s DEMSN program prepares you to obtain licensure as an RN and to pursue career opportunities in nursing. You will also have the academic foundation necessary to pursue further education in the field, such as a post-master’s certification in an advanced practice specialty area or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.
Integrate core scientific and ethical principles, advanced nursing knowledge, professional values, and clinical excellence in master’s-level nursing practice that reflects the Christian principles of the philosophy of the School of Nursing.
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.
Apply evidence-based approaches to guide master’s-level nursing practice.
Use information systems and technology to support practice.
Advocate for policies to improve the health of the public and the profession of nursing.
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.
Design strategies for life-long learning that incorporate professional nursing standards and accountability for practice.
Over the course of our Direct Entry MSN program in Chicago, you will complete 540 clock hours of practicum experience. Practicum hours include experiences in our high-tech simulation center to develop and refine clinical judgment and nursing skill competencies. The remainder of your hours take place under supervision in working health care facilities.
Experiences cover the following population-specific areas of nursing: