Colleges and Schools

Major Application Process

The North Park nursing major is an academically rigorous program offering outstanding clinical experiences. Admission is selective and not all students who apply are admitted, even by meeting all requirements. We accept 48 students each fall (August) and spring (January) semester.

Two-step Application Process

1. Apply to North Park University

Students need to be admitted to North Park University and have completed (or be enrolled in) all prerequisites before they can be considered for acceptance into the nursing major.

High-ability, first-year students have a direct admission option to the nursing program. Ask your recruiter for more information.

How to Apply to North Park University

If you are a first-year student or a transfer student, you should indicate nursing as your intended major when you register for your first semester of classes. We recommend that you meet with your pre-nursing advisor early to discuss your plan of study.

After your first semester, complete a Major Declaration Form. Remember to meet with your advisor every semester.

Transfer Students

We welcome transfer students in the nursing program, however we give priority to students who have taken more courses at North Park since this allows us to better assess the education you have received. We accept transfer prerequisite courses, except for NURS 2100 Survey of Professional Nursing and NURS 3240 Pathophysiology courses, which must be completed at North Park. Most transfer students may apply to the nursing major within one year of starting classes at North Park.

Please note: A transcript evaluation is required to transfer courses to North Park University. Contact your admissions counselor to review the results of the evaluation of transfer credit and learn which of your previously taken courses meet university core curriculum as well as nursing-specific requirements prior to deciding your schedule for your first semester of classes at North Park.

*Transfer students who are admitted to the university with a transfer GPA below 2.75 or who have repeated more than two science courses at previous institutions will be required to take all remaining science prerequisite courses at North Park. If they do not need to take any science prerequisite courses, then they are required to take BIOL 2930: Advanced Human Physiology. All nursing pre-requisite courses must be completed with a minimum of a “C” grade or better. Students should review the policy with their advisor in their first academic program meeting.

2. Apply to the Nursing Program

Candidates to the nursing major need to have completed or be enrolled in all prerequisite courses at the time of submitting an application for acceptance into the nursing program—one full semester before their intended start.

The application must be completed online. Meeting with pre-nursing advisor is required.

Application deadline for Spring Semester (January 2023): October 1, 2022.

Nursing Program Application

A complete application packet must include the following supplemental items:

  • Resume
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster
  • Recommendation: Student must provide name and email address of a faculty member or health care professional who can speak to the student’s suitability for the nursing profession. The school will contact the recommender via email with a recommendation request.

Criteria for Admission into the Nursing Program

In order to qualify for a spot in the nursing major at North Park University, students need to meet the following criteria and requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better
  • Minimum science GPA of 2.75 or better (starting Fall 2023)
  • ATI academic preparedness level of “Proficient” on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam
    • The TEAS© must have been taken within one year of submitting an application to the major. 
  • Completion of all prerequisites and supporting courses (listed below) with minimum a “C” or better grade. Students cannot repeat more than two prerequisite courses to meet this requirement – only one of those two courses may be a science.

Nursing Prerequisites and Supporting Courses

    • BIOL 1250: Introduction to Human Anatomy (4 credits)
    • BIOL 2930: Advanced Human Physiology (4 credits)
    • BIOL 1260: Introduction to Cell Biology (4 credits)
    • BIOL 2910: Microbiology (4 credits)
    • CHEM 1021: Survey of Organic Chemistry (2 credits)
    • CHEM 1031: Survey of Biochemistry (2 credits)
    • HSC 1490: Statistics for Health Professions (4 credits)
    • CORE 1000: Cornerstone Seminar (4 credits)
    • PSYC 1000: Introduction to Psychology (4 credits)
    • PSYC 2700: Human Lifespan Development (4 credits)
    • SOC 1910: Introduction to Sociology (4 credits)
    • NURS 2540: Applied Nutrition or EXS 3180 Nutrition (2 credits)
    • NURS 2100: Survey of Professional Nursing (2 credits) — Must be taken at NPU
    • NURS 3240: Pathophysiology (3 credits) — Must be taken at NPU

Important Notes

Students may not apply to the nursing major until they have completed, or are enrolled in, all prerequisites at the time of the submission of their application (one full semester before their intended start). The TEAS© needs to have been taken within one year of this application.

The application to the nursing major must be completed with a pre-nursing advisor during the application meeting.

The nursing faculty review coursework and all application requirements before making an admission decision.

Students not admitted to the nursing major frequently consider biologyhealth sciencespsychology, or chemistry majors or pre-professional programs.