The DePaul Preview Event was just the little push I never knew I needed. Reason being, I got accepted into the program six months before my actual start date. This was simply because I had one outstanding prerequisite to finish before starting.
This event started with a tour of the campus and simulation labs (see photos below). I must note that the lab was equipped with the latest technology and mannequins for practicing. Once the tour was over, the more formal presentation started. Here we learned all about the scholarship opportunities, class schedules, uniforms, etc… The presenters offered light refreshments, which is always a plus for me.
The presentation ended with a Q & A, which gave everyone a chance to have clarity on topics discussed. Lastly, we got the opportunity to network with others in the cohort.We were able to exchange information and created a Facebook page to stay connected. The next step is orientation, which is December 17, 2018.
So the verdict is in! In January 2019, I will be starting the Master’s Entry to Nursing Practice program at DePaul University. This program is designed to prepare students with a bachelor’s degree in any field to become a professional registered nurse through the NCLEX-RN examination.
This program is a two-year accelerated program, ideal for individuals who are careers changers, do not want to obtain another bachelor’s degree, or whose ultimate goal is advanced practice nursing or doctoral preparation in nursing.
This was my first choice for nursing school and I am more than excited to be starting soon. Below I attached my Acceptance Letter.
I started the process for applying to nursing schools by researching several schools through the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (link listed below). The site always has the most current information on the different type of programs as well as the accreditation status of each school. Some things I looked for in schools were the amount and/or type of science prerequisites needed to apply, the length of programs, the degree awarded at completion, and the overall cost. Additionally, there are many route to become a registered nurse. The two options that were most attractive was the accelerated bsn and msn programs. The length of these programs are anywhere from 16 to 24 months and is ideal for career changers. This is ultimately how I formulated the list of schools I was interested in.
Next, I signed up for open houses when it became available. I took this opportunity to gather all the facts needed to make an informed decision to apply. Also, this was a chance for me to get to meet some of the faculty.
After completion of the opening houses, I had a clear idea which school I realistically wanted to attend. However, knowing how competitive schools can be, I played safe and applied to a couple of schools. I gathered all the required documents needed such as, recommendations, transcripts, and personal statements. I have successfully submitted all documents by the application deadlines and now I wait! 🙂