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About

In a class all our own.

The School of Nursing provides an education both innovative and pragmatic, giving our graduates a head start in achieving professional success and personal satisfaction in their careers.  For 65 years, we have set the standard for academic excellence and “real world” relevance.

  • Our RN to MS in Nursing program takes students from an associate degree in Nursing to a master’s degree, providing access to immediate career mobility.
  • Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares students for the highest level of autonomous and collaborative clinical practice in Nurse Anesthesia, Adult Nursing and Family Nursing.

Get a highly regarded degree.

Our graduates have an excellent reputation with area health care providers; they’re recognized for their strong clinical skills and their ability to quickly become part of the health care team. Our wide network of clinical affiliates ensures that our students make connections with employers throughout the metropolitan area.

Here’s a sampling of the many employers who have hired our recent graduates.

Employer Location
Adventist Hinsdale Hospital Hinsdale
Franciscan St. Margaret Health Hammond
Glenbrook Hospital Glenview
Lurie Children’s Hospital (formerly Children's Memorial) Chicago
Mt. Sinai Hospital Chicago
Northshore University HealthSystem Glenview
Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation Chicago
Northwestern Memorial Hospital Chicago
Norwegian American Hospital Chicago
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Chicago
Swedish Covent Hospital Chicago
University of Chicago Chicago
West Suburban Medical Center Oak Park

More options, expanded horizons.

With access to more than 75 clinical sites, you have the freedom to discover a career path while acquiring the strong set of skills you need for professional practice. Classes are held at two different locations (Lincoln Park or North Chicago), giving you choice and convenience. You’ll benefit from a powerful professional network, which includes 1,800 alumni working in Chicago, that will bring you to the attention of employers​ throughout the city and suburbs. Small class sizes are complemented by cutting-edge facilities, including new simulation labs, together assuring a personalized, hands-on education.

Our Philosophy

Nursing is a learned profession with a distinct science and art. Students learn the practice of nursing through research and the study of diverse human and environmental patterns of health behavior as they affect individuals, families, and communities. Students incorporate scientific knowledge and the nursing process in their delivery of safe, ethical and quality care with deep regard for the differences along the dimensions of race/ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, religion, heritage and language.

The focus of the faculty of the School of Nursing is the education and preparation of students for leadership roles in healthcare. Education is centered on providing care for persons and communities in both health and illness while conducting scientific research to generate knowledge that strengthens these endeavors. Critical thinking is emphasized, along with an insightful examination of society, thus affording students the opportunity to apply the science and art of nursing to promote and maintain health while upholding human dignity for the betterment of the community and society.

In keeping with the Vincentian values of DePaul University, students treat all human beings equally and with respect, and by doing so, are acting in the interest of the common good. The School of Nursing faculty is committed to education that will provide the foundation for a professional career as a caregiver, educator, leader, and scholar.​​

Our Mission

The Mission of the School of Nursing is the preservation, enrichment and transmission of nursing science as a discipline and its application to promote the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. The faculty pursues this mission through excellence in teaching as the primary focus of scholarship and research that has the potential to enhance nursing knowledge, scientific inquiry, teaching and health. The SON maintains a commitment to serving persons with diverse talents, qualities, interests and socioeconomic backgrounds in its education programs and professional practice. It seeks to provide accelerated, inquiry-based education that anticipates the rapid pace of change in health promotion and illness care.​

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