Undergraduate Nursing Facts at a Glance
Admission into the Nursing Program
The North Park nursing major is an academically rigorous program offering outstanding clinical experiences. Admission is selective and not all students who apply are admitted into nursing. Students not admitted into the Nursing Program frequently redirect their path, pursuing a North Park degree in biology or clinical laboratory sciences.
The application process for the School of Nursing has two phases:
First, you need to be admitted to the University
Second, you need to apply and be admitted to the nursing program
Read about our early-admission option for high-ability, first-year students, but otherwise follow these procedures, depending on how you enter North Park:
- If your intended major is nursing and it is indicated on your course registration form when you register for classes, you will be assigned an advisor from the nursing faculty at the start of your studies at North Park. Early in your first semester we recommend you meet with your advisor to begin a relationship and discuss your plans and desires.
- During your first semester, complete a Major Declaration Form. You will then be assigned to the undergraduate nursing advisor who will assist you in your program planning.
- Complete a formal application to the nursing major one full semester before your intended start date in the nursing program.
Keep in mind that, since many students apply for the limited number of positions, not every student who seeks to be admitted into the nursing program can be admitted.
You must be a currently enrolled student at North Park University to apply for the nursing program. You must have completed all prerequisite courses, and preferably be enrolled for at least a full semester, before you can be accepted into the nursing program. (You may apply to the program before you finish your prerequisites, but you must complete them all before you begin the nursing program.)
Once admitted to the University, you will need to complete the prerequisites for the School of Nursing as well as submit an application to the nursing major. You must have a minimum 2.75 GPA (both at North Park and on any transfer credits) and minimum score of 75 on the entrance exam (the Test of Essential Academic Skills), and a grade of C or higher in all prerequisite courses. You may not repeat more than two prerequisite courses, and only one of those my be a science. Preference is also given to students with more North Park course credits completed.
Transferring to North Park University for the Nursing Program
While we wouldn't want to discourage you from transferring to North Park University, we do remind anyone intending to enter the undergraduate nursing program that the more classes you have taken at here, the better we are able to assess the education you have received. All things being equal, students who have taken more North Park University courses have priority for admission to the nursing program.
Students with strong academic records and test scores may be offered early admission into the nursing program at the time they initially apply to North Park University. See complete details.
Nursing classes start in both the fall and the spring term, and we select 40 students each term.
Clinical Course Fee
Nursing students are assessed fees for their clinical courses. Currently, the fee is $915 per clinical course.
Recently, our clinical sites have included:
- Swedish Covenant Hospital
- St. Francis Hospital
- Evanston Hospital
- Lutheran General Hospital
- Children's Memorial Hospital
- Glenbrook Hospital
- Lake Forest Hospital
- Northwestern Memorial Hospital
- Lake Shore Psychiatric Hospital
- Chicago Department of Health
- Lake County Board of Health
- North West Community
- Highland Park Hospital