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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.

Applications for candidates that meet the qualifications below must be received by specific deadlines, depending on if you wish to start classes in the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Our current deadlines are:

  • December 3, 2014: Deadline for students wishing to enroll in Spring 2015 (spring classes begin January 12)
  • April 15, 2015: Deadline for students wishing to enroll in Summer 2015 (summer classes begin May 11)

  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. Nursing Degree
    • Candidates for the master of science in nursing (MSN) degree program 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 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)
    • Candidates who have an associate's degree in nursing or nursing diploma and hold a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing may be qualified for an MSN Pathway program toward the leadership and management track. Contact Viviana Belisle in the Admissions Office for more details.
    • If you possess a Registered Nurse License, hold a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing, and are interested in becoming a nurse practitioner, you may be eligible to apply for North Park's RN-to-BSN degree-completion program. After completing the BSN, you will be eligible to apply for one of the nurse practitioner tracks. Contact Admissions for more information.
  3. 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.
  4. Resume — You will include an electronic copy of your current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) as part of your application.
  5. Personal Statement — As part of your online application, you will submit a 300- to 500-word essay that communicates your personal and professional goals in nursing, how earning a graduate education will help you achieve those goals, and why you have chosen North Park University to pursue your graduate education.

Additional Requirements and Admission Criteria

Coursework and GPA

  • You must have completed coursework in statistics, nursing research, and health assessment as part of your undergraduate 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.
  • All candidates for graduate and post-graduate nursing programs need a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in undergraduate science courses.

Professional Nursing Experience and Recommendations — Candidates for the master of science in nursing (MSN) degree program and for post-master's certificates 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. You will be asked to enter email addresses for two nursing supervisors on your online application; they will receive an electronic recommendation questionnaire to complete. Coworkers, family members, and friends cannot complete these recommendations.

Interview — You may be asked to complete an interview with the graduate admissions committee prior to admission. This committee includes admissions representatives and members of the School of Nursing faculty.

Liability Insurance — You will be required to provide proof of liability insurance coverage prior to beginning any clinical courses in your program at North Park.

International Applicants

Due to state licensing requirements and federal restrictions that prevent international students (F1 Visa-holders) from working at clinical sites, the School of Nursing is not able to accept applications to graduate and postgraduate programs from international students.

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.
Admissions Requirements