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Graduate Nursing Admission Requirements

The School of Nursing requires all candidates for master’s degrees and post-master’s certificates to meet educational and experiential requirements that demonstrate your preparation to complete an advanced nursing program.

  1. Registered Nurse (RN) License — All candidates for graduate nursing programs at North Park University must hold an active license to practice in Illinois as an RN.
  2. Professional Nursing Experience and Recommendations — Candidates for the master of science in nursing (MSN) degree program must have a minimum of two years’ work experience as an RN. As part of your application, you will need two recommendations that speak to your experience and professional qualifications, preferably from your supervisors.
  3. Nursing Degree — The State of Illinois requires candidates for master’s degrees in nursing to hold the equivalent of a bachelor of science in nursing degree.
    • Candidates for the master of science in nursing (MSN) degree program (concentrations in leadership and management, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Family Nurse Practitioner) must hold a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) or bachelor of science (BS) degree with a major in nursing
    • Candidates for the post-master’s certificate programs (Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner) must hold a master of science in nursing (MSN) or master of science (MS) degree with a major in nursing
    • Nursing degrees should be from an accredited program (NLNAC or CCNE)
    • If you possess an RN license but not a bachelor’s degree in nursing, you are eligible to apply for North Park’s BSN completion program for RNs.
    • If you are not yet an RN, you may apply to North Park’s traditional undergraduate nursing program.
  4. Coursework and GPA
    • You must have completed coursework in statistics, nursing research, and health assessment as part of your nursing degree.
    • In general, all candidates for the MSN degree program must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their undergraduate degree. Your GPA will be calculated based on all credits transferred to and earned from the degree-granting school.
    • Applicants to the post-master’s certificate programs must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their master’s degree.
  5. Official Transcripts should be sent directly to North Park University from your previous schools at this address:
    North Park University Admissions
    3225 W Foster Ave, Box 19
    Chicago IL 60625
    • Candidates for the MSN degree program must submit official transcripts from all previous institutions they have attended.
    • Candidates for post-master’s certificate programs must submit official transcripts from their master’s nursing program, as well as any undergraduate transcripts that show completion of the prerequisite coursework listed above.
    • North Park alumni can request their transcripts be sent (at no cost) directly from the Records Office to the Admissions Office by completing a transcript request card.
    • Foreign Transcripts: If you have completed coursework outside of the United States, you must have your foreign transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). Their official transcript evaluation, done in a course-by-course format, should be sent to North Park University at the address above.
  6. Resume — You will include an electronic copy of your current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) as part of your application.
  7. Personal Statement — As part of your online application, you will submit a 300- to 500-word essay-style response to the following questions:
    • What are your professional goals?
    • How will a graduate education help you achieve those goals?
    • Why have you chosen North Park University for your graduate studies?
  8. Interview — You may be asked to complete an interview with the graduate admissions committee prior to admission. This committee include admissions representatives and members of the School of Nursing faculty.
  9. Liability Insurance — You must provide proof of liability insurance coverage prior to beginning any clinical courses in your program at North Park.

Learn More About Nursing Education in Illinois

For detailed information on state-approved nursing education programs at all levels, visit the Illinois Center for Nursing. Here, you will also find detailed information on licensing and certification requirements for all levels of nursing.
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