I am graduation from DePaul's Direct Entry Master's of Nursing program in 6 days. I was going to apply to the UIC program, but they didn't get it started when they thought they would, and I wanted to get going with my education.
My education has been great and I feel well prepared. There are several profs that are amazing. Dr. Holm, Dr. Tarnow, L. Graff, Dr. Higgerson, M. Kipta and U. Tichwa (I think I am misspelling her name) are all great instructors. Kipta is absolutely amazing, in addition to being very kind. There are also several instructors that frankly suck, and there are several classes that are painful to wade through because they are very theory focused, such as family nursing, nursing theory, and community nursing.
They do have some great clinical sites, such as Children's, Mt. Sinai, Northwestern, IL Masonic, C4, and RIC. They have some not so great clinical sites such as St. Joe.
At times the department can be disorganized. Clinical rotations get shifted at the last min, and signing up for classes every quarter requires the intervention of the department admin at least once for one thing or another. Having said that, I have always gotten the classes I need, and usually the clinical site I wanted. It just would be a bit frustrating.
Since I started, DePaul changed the number of credit hours for clinical based classes, vasting increasing the cost of the program. Since I didn't have to pay the higher rate, I think my education was worth the money. I don't know if I would feel that way if I had to pay an additional 12,000.