DePaul MENP Program Admissions

  1. Hi,

    I'm very interested in the DePaul MENP program. I'm changing careers from Business/Sales as it's not fulfilling at all. Helping baby humans and moms is my calling. I just started the A&P I prerequisite out of the 4 PRs required. I had to take Bio 101 previously & got a B due to working full-time. A few questions before I apply:

    1. What was your GPA? I have an undergrad 3.5 so no GRE for me. So far 3.0 with the Bio B for prerequisites. Hoping to pull an A from A&P I & II.

    2. I'm currently volunteering at UIC hospital in the postpartum unit. (I want to be a NICU nurse).

    3. How did you pay for this? Any scholarships? I currently have no FAFSA money left and hopefully will be able to get private loans. Credit is not so great.

    4. What is the best cohort quarter to apply? I'm looking at winter. I don't need the distractions of summer-time Chicago.

    What are my chances of getting in? It's my #1 choice.
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  3. by   TheSquire
    Search the student nursing boards; there are a number of threads addressing DePaul's MENP, Rush's GEM, and other programs in the city.
  4. by   heythatsmybike
    Don't do this program. It's two years long, the masters isn't technically an MSN it's an MS and it's over 80k and doesn't do a whole lot extra for you. No grants, if you qualify GPA wise after a semester or two you can get a deduction for TAing but it's competitive and has to be renewed every quarter so it's never guaranteed. I'm assuming you have a prior bachelors. If time is no option the cheapest option is to do the community college RN route and do the RN-BSN option while working as an RN (paid partially or fully by the hospital that you work at that still hires non BSN RNs if you're lucky to do that) or if you were older like me, do the accelerated BSN route in 12-16 months. PM me if you wanted any more insight
  5. by   TheSquire
    Quote from heythatsmybike
    Don't do this program. It's two years long, the masters isn't technically an MSN it's an MS and it's over 80k and doesn't do a whole lot extra for you.
    1. 2 years is standard for master's entry; it's the same as the GEM across town at Rush

    2. The MSN/MS distinction is entirely semantic, and related only to the history of DePaul's school of nursing. It has nothing to do with the quality or qualifications of the degree itself.

    3. If you say that it does nothing for you, you've obviously not gone on to advanced practice or other post-graduate work in nursing. I ended up with no additional debt for my doctorate/FNP since I was able to adjunct while I was in my program, thanks to having the master's, plus I got to skip over a bunch of the fluffy classes since I'd already taken them.
  6. by   heythatsmybike
    I'm aware two years is standard, just didn't think the MS is worth the 80k+ that they charge. Looking forward to CRNA school, they had told me only two classes would transfer (only into their CRNA
    Program, not Rush) which didn't seem like a huge incentive to put myself further into debt for. As far as adjuncting while in FNP school, that's actually a great idea if you are to find that opportunity. Most students just work in the ICU for the first two years and do pretty well, plus Rush pays a stipend. I just don't think the MS route, esp at a private university, is worth it if time and cost are important to you. You can arrive at the same end, advanced practice or not with far less debt if you play your cards right.

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