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  • 20-month program
  • Chicago, IL

Why Choose North Park University’s DEMSN Program?

Commit to a career that serves to promote better health for all with North Park University’s intensive Direct Entry MSN program.

Based on the North Side of Chicago, IL, the North Park DEMSN program offers you:

  • Expert Instruction

    Build advanced skills across five nursing domains with support from clinically experienced faculty members who are committed to their mission as educators.

  • State-of-the-Art Campus Facilities

    Build hands-on patient care skills in our advanced nursing simulation labs.

  • A Thriving, Vibrant Urban Setting

    Gain experience and insight into healthcare for diverse populations thanks to our location in Chicago.

  • Varied Clinical Experiences

    North Park University’s regional network of affiliated clinical sites helps you explore a variety of care settings.

  • Education Rooted in Christian Principles

    Founded in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church, North Park University encourages students from all backgrounds to pursue academic excellence in service of others.

Program Structure

The 70-credit North Park University DEMSN helps you progress from basic nursing knowledge to master’s-level concepts and skills in 20 intensive months of study. The program features:

  • Core Curriculum

    Including nursing and
    related health science foundations, nursing leadership, research and leadership, ethics, policy and more.

  • Clinical Training

    Build your patient care skills in advanced simulation labs on the North Park campus.

  • Clinical Practicum Experience

    Complete clinical rotations in a range of practice settings throughout the Chicago area.


  • Communication and Managing Healthcare Information
  • Professional Development I: Introduction to Professional Nursing
  • Pathophysiology I
  • Pharmacology I
  • Holistic Health Assessment and Therapeutic Interventions with Lab
  • Health and Illness: Foundations of Nursing
  • Health and Illness: Foundations of Nursing Practicum
  • Professional Development II: Image, Roles, and Ethics
  • Pathophysiology II
  • Pharmacology II
  • Health and Illness: Nursing Across the Lifespan
  • Health and Illness: Nursing Across the Lifespan Practicum
  • Development of a Microsystem Leader
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement: Translating Research to Practice
  • Population Health Nursing
  • Population Health Nursing Practicum
  • Professional Communication and Collaboration
  • Nursing in an Evolving Healthcare System
  • Health and Illness: Nursing with Diverse Populations
  • Health and Illness: Nursing with Diverse Populations Practicum
  • Scientific Inquiry and Knowledge Development
  • Health Care Delivery System: Organizations and Resources
  • Population-Based Health Care
  • DEMSN Immersion Practicum
  • Integration and Role Transition Seminar

Admission Requirements

Application Requirements

North Park University requires applicants to the DEMSN program to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university (or international equivalent) in any academic major other than nursing. Applicants must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Contact North Park University to learn more about their admission requirements.

Prerequisite Courses

North Park requires DEMSN applicants to have completed the following prerequisites with a 2.75 GPA or better within seven years of beginning the program:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs
  • Microbiology with lab
  • Chemistry with lab
  • Psychology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Statistics

You may be required to take or re-take prerequisite courses prior to beginning Direct Entry MSN courses.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at North Park University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

North Park University DEMSN Program FAQ

How long is North Park University’s DEMSN program?

The North Park DEMSN program takes as few as 20 months to complete.

How much does the North Park University DEMSN program cost?

As of 2023-2024, tuition for the North Park DEMSN is  $860 per credit hour. The total tuition cost for the 70-credit program is $60,200.

Additional fees may apply, and you will also need to purchase books and materials. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Tuition costs are subject to change.

Is a DEMSN at North Park University worth it?

Yes. When you earn your Direct Entry MSN with North Park, you’re developing advanced skills with a school known for its dedication to evidence-based care, diversity, and faith. Learn more about what a DEMSN can offer you here.

How much can you make with a Direct Entry MSN degree from North Park University?

Salary varies by employer and by region. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that May 2021* salaries for registered nurses (RNs) of all education levels in Illinois in were:

  • Median annual salary: $77,580
  • Lowest 10%: $59,640 or less
  • Highest 10%: $100,650 or more[1]

We do not guarantee employment or salary.

*The most recent year for which data is available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).