Advance Your Nursing Career at North Park University
Whether you are an experienced nurse seeking to enhance your skills and continue your education, or a new undergraduate student considering a career in nursing, North Park University's School of Nursing can help you meet your goals. Through curriculum grounded in science, ethics, and compassion, and with significant opportunities for clinical experiences both in our Simulation Lab and at sites around the city, you’ll be well prepared to meet the challenges of 21st-century healthcare.
Our Caring Philosophy
The School of Nursing at North Park University has been preparing nurses for lives of significance and service since 1965 when we began teaching an undergraduate nursing curriculum. Growing since then, the School now offers a pre-licensure bachelor’s degree; bachelor’s degree completion for Registered Nurses (RNs); master’s degrees with concentrations in leadership and management, advanced practice family nursing (FNP), and advanced practice adult-gerontology nursing (AGNP); and post-master’s advanced practice certificates in both FNP and AGNP.
In every program, nursing courses and faculty uphold a caring philosophy that reflects a commitment to a culture of nursing excellence grounded in the compassion of Christ. The curriculum is designed to recognize and respect all people as valuable and deserving of compassionate care, and to see health as a lived experience that encompasses a person’s relationships with themselves, their community, their environment, and with God. North Park is preparing students as nurses to participate in the health of people and communities through health promotion and restoration activities, evidence-based care, and collaboration with other health professionals.
A Respected Reputation
North Park University’s nursing graduates are leaders in a variety of healthcare settings, including acute care institutions, community health settings, public health organizations, long-term care, professional organizations, and churches. They also serve as entrepreneurs, consultants, and researchers. Throughout Chicagoland—and beyond—our graduates are known to be competent, effective, caring nurses, providing a high quality of care that reflects their excellent preparation.
This preparation is overseen by a team of expert practitioner faculty. In classrooms and clinical experiences, our low student-to-faculty ratio and in-person courses ensure that professors truly get to know our students, helping them develop the skills they need to be excellent nurses and advising them on academic and career decisions.
Our Chicago location enables North Park’s nursing students to complete clinical rotations and experience healthcare in a wide range of settings, from large hospitals to small clinics to local elementary schools, serving individuals and families from dozens of cultural backgrounds. We have developed partnerships for clinical placements at locations that include Swedish Covenant Hospital, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Lake Shore Psychiatric Hospital, Lawndale Community Health Center, Chicago Department of Health, and more. These placements can be an important step to getting your first nursing job or advancing your career in a specialized nursing field.
Our undergraduate students also have opportunities to use their skills and serve internationally through health-focused Global Partnerships trips to Mexico and Zambia.
Fully Accredited Program
North Park University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission - North Central Association. Our bachelor of science with a major in nursing (BSN) and master of science with a major in nursing (MSN) degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).