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Family Nurse Practitioner
Become a Family Nurse Practitioner

Earn your master’s degree and advanced credential to become a family nurse practitioner (FNP). As a family nurse practitioner you’ll be prepared to care for individuals of all ages, working with patients and their families to answer their questions and create care plans to meet their unique needs. Family nurse practitioners work in schools, community centers, organizations, hospitals, and clinics, and often serve as primary caregivers. A master’s degree along with the FNP credential will provide you with valuable skills and additional classroom and clinical experience, as well as prepare you for future career advancement.

Why Choose North Park

Why North Park?

North Park University’s School of Nursing offers you the expert instruction and partnerships with hospitals and clinics that will help you advance your career and become an excellent FNP. Small class sizes and in-person instruction allow you to build relationships with your professors as they partner with you to meet your educational and career goals. Our caring philosophy, grounding in faith tradition, and commitment to multiculturalism in the classroom help you develop the skills you need to serve a wide range of populations with compassion and exceptional care.

Flexible and Convenient

Continue your education with classes in the evenings, offered at our main campus in Chicago that is easily accessible by car and public transit. You’ll be able to continue working in your current role, drawing valuable connections between your classroom and practicum experiences and your nursing practice.

Where Alumni Work

  • Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Loyola University Medical Center
  • Presence Saint Joseph Hospital
  • John H. Stronger Jr. Hospital of Cook County
  • Advocate Condell Medical Center

State-of-the-Art Simulation Lab

Opened in 2012, the School of Nursing’s nursing simulation laboratory provides hands-on opportunities for students to practice treating patients in a safe environment. Our 3,000-square-foot facility includes four rooms that simulate a clinical setting equipped with the latest medical technology, and three rooms dedicated to skills development. Students practice techniques on actors and high fidelity mannequins who simulate different health scenarios. Audio and video recording capabilities allow students to review their work and receive direct feedback from faculty.

Meet the Faculty

With an interest in the health care of underserved communities, Dr. Christine Smith invites her nursing students to work alongside her at a local shelter providing health education courses and has served as advisor to a student mission trip to Mexico.

Learn more about Dr. Smith and the nursing faculty.

Christine Smith, School of Nursing professor
FNP Classes

Your advanced practice coursework and clinical experiences will include:

  • Family Centered Care
  • Women's Health Management Course and Practicum
  • Pediatric Health Management Course and Practicum
  • Family Practice Residency

Learn more about the courses and requirements for this degree.

Tuition and Scholarships

The School of Nursing offers a straightforward and competitive tuition pricing system, with minimal additional fees. In addition, a 35% tuition discount is available to nurses working at some partner hospitals and we’ll work with you to help you take advantage of any employer reimbursement programs you may be eligible for. Learn more.