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Undergraduate Nursing

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences at North Park University offers an academically rigorous bachelor’s of science in nursing degree program. A unique blend of individual attention from professional faculty, a hands-on clinical component including use of our simulation laboratory, and connections with major hospitals throughout the city of Chicago prepare students for careers in nursing, and provide a solid foundation for graduate professional studies.

Simulation Lab
Nursing Simulation Lab

A state-of-the-art nursing simulation laboratory provides hands-on opportunities for students to practice treating patients in a safe environment. Incorporated throughout the nursing curriculum, 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, called “standardized patients,” who simulate different health scenarios. Audio and video recording capabilities allow students to review their work and receive direct feedback from faculty.

Nursing
Why Study Nursing?

If you want to work in a healthcare setting, and enjoy working with and helping people from many walks of life, nursing will teach you the clinical skills needed for a successful career in a hospital, community health setting, long-term care, professional organization, or church. Nursing graduate programs will allow you to expand your credentials and responsibilities, whether in a medical specialty, administration, research, consulting, or educational role.

Why Choose North Park University

Why North Park?

North Park’s caring philosophy is grounded in our Christian commitment to service and based on the belief that all individuals have worth and value. Our strong reputation of creating practitioners who demonstrate those ethics leads to job placement in area hospitals. Combined with our high-tech nursing simulation lab, our location within a global city allows our students to gain clinical experience in diverse, top-tier hospitals and other health care settings.

Clinical Experience

Students will complete eight clinical rotations with corresponding courses in fundamentals, adult, obstetrics, psychology, pediatrics, advanced medicine, community health, and residency—all in hospitals and community sites recognized for nursing excellence, including Swedish Covenant Hospital, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Lurie Children’s Hospital, Lawndale Community Health Center, and others.

Learn more about clinical experiences.

Alumni Profile

Lena Crossman C'08 wanted to find a profession where she could serve others and found that in nursing, where she feels passionate about helping children and being their advocate.

Read more about Lena's experience.

Lena Crossman, Nursing alumnus
Meet the Faculty

Dr. Karla Fogel regularly incorporates the role of ethics in health care throughout her teaching, clinical, and research experiences, even taking a class to sit in on a local hospital’s ethics committee meeting to see how the health profession addresses such issues in patient care.

Meet the School of Nursing faculty.

Karla Fogel
Application Process

Nursing majors apply and are admitted to the program after beginning their studies at North Park. Before beginning the nursing curriculum, students complete a number of prerequisite courses, pass an entrance exam, and submit an application specific to the program. Learn more.

Pre-Licensure

Nursing students earn a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree, and graduate prepared to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination) examination. Graduates who pass this exam become licensed as a registered nurse (RN) and eligible to work in a healthcare setting.