Yes! The Health Sciences major is a great way to prepare for a nursing career. While DePaul doesn't offer a traditional BSN program, our BioScience:Pre-Nursing concentration is a great way to earn your liberal arts undergraduate degree while preparing for Master's Entry to Nursing Practice. The benefits of this kind of preparation are numerous.
1. Students who do their clinical training at the graduate level receive significantly stronger preparation for nursing, including roles in leadership, research, and for continuing their education (for example to DNP or PhD).
2. Many students will change their mind about their professional goals during their undergraduate career. With our program you get the breadth and depth of a liberal arts degree which gives you flexibility to pursue any number of career options, including nursing!
3. As you might expect, a graduate degree will make you a more attractive job candidate to hospitals and other employers, and will allow you to take on leadership roles.
We also have a new combined degree program that allows some students to accelerate their program. For eligible students, the BS in Health Sciences/MENP program allows students to share their first year of the nursing program with their undergraduate degree programs, making for a 5 year time to completing their BS and master's degree training. For more information on that program, please visit the Undergraduate Catalog. Current students who are considering that program should schedule a meeting with our academic advisor.