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The Approach

New Pathways, Richer Programs

Our Alliance for Health Sciences enriches our programs in four powerful ways.

Curricular Pathways and Early Admission

We've developed innovative, rigorous curricula that greatly benefits qualified students.

  • DePaul undergraduates pursuing health careers study a comprehensive health sciences curriculum that prepares them for admission to highly competitive professional programs.
  • DePaul students meet regularly with and get advice from faculty and staff from Rosalind Franklin, a rare benefit for undergraduates in health programs.
  • They become prepared for the intensity of graduate study and gain first-hand experience in Rosalind Franklin's new classrooms and labs.

We have also developed accelerated degree programs to six highly-competitive Rosalind Franklin master's and doctoral programs:

These are designed for highly-qualified and motivated students who wish to pursue a health career from their freshman year through completion of their professional degree.

Enriched Academic Programs

We collaborate to deepen each other's academic programs, develop new programs to address emerging needs, and expand student access to clinical sites. Students benefit from top-notch facilities and equipment at both campuses, including DePaul's two science buildings and Rosalind Franklin's Morningstar Interprofessional Education Center.

For example, DePaul offers programs on the Rosalind Franklin campus, beginning with the Master's Entry to Nursing Practice, designed for college graduates who want to enter the nursing field. The RN to MS in Nursing Program includes a graduate certificate from Rosalind Franklin.

We also offer the Early Opportunity Program. This accelerated program offers select College of Science and Health Pathways Honors Program students the opportunity for an early admission decision into the above professional programs at Rosalind Franklin.

Faculty Collaboration

The alliance opens up extensive opportunities for faculty collaboration, both within their areas of expertise and across disciplines. For example:

  • Pairing Rosalind Franklin's Health Administration specialties with the health care management MBA concentration in DePaul's nationally ranked Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
  • Connecting faculty in DePaul's top-ranked Health Law Institute with faculty and students in Rosalind Franklin's health programs
  • Creating shared courses on bioinformatics and health technology between Rosalind Franklin and DePaul's Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media.

A natural outgrowth of faculty collaboration is expanded research. Our faculty members tap each other's expertise and gain access to technology not available on their own campus.

We've created a joint competitive research fund that provides seed money for new areas of exploration. Those projects help both institutions secure more external funding.

The result is a larger pool of projects through which students can engage with faculty members in scientific research.