North Park Direct Entry MSN Admissions Requirements

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Non-Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Required

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The Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing (DEMSN) at North Park University is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in another academic major. You can view the full list of nursing admissions requirements below. We ask that students apply to the program through NursingCAS, the centralized application for nursing programs.

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2024 Start Dates
Summer: May 13, 2024
Fall: September 9, 2024

2025 Start Dates
Spring: January 13, 2025
Summer: May 12, 2025
Fall: September 8, 2025

North Park University nursing program admission requirements include:

  • A Non-nursing baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • If applicant has a GPA less than 3.20, the applicant must take the TEAS (Testing of Essential Academic Skills) Nursing Entrance Exam and must earn a 70% or greater on the exam.
  • Transcripts must show completion of the following prerequisite courses within the past seven years:
    • Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs
    • Microbiology with lab
    • Chemistry with lab
    • Psychology
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Statistics
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 for prerequisite courses; science courses must have a grade of “C” or better; non-science courses must have a grade of “C-“ or better; no “D”s, “F”s, and no more than one “W” (withdrawal)
  • Provide proof of Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider certification from the American Heart Association
  • Submit a 500–800-word essay addressing the following (via NursingCAS):
    • Why do you want to pursue a master’s degree in nursing at North Park University?
    • Discuss your ability to manage the rigorous curriculum of an accelerated nursing program.
    • How will this program further your professional goals?
  • Professional resume
  • Two references – recommender can be a recent professor, work supervisor, or professional colleague and should address both the student’s ability to perform graduate work successfully and their work ethic; no personal, friend, or family references will be accepted.
  • Due to the high-level language competency required in nursing, international applicants** must possess proficiency in English at a level to enable them to succeed in graduate-level studies. All international applicants for the DEMSN program are required to submit results from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Duolingo English Test (DET).
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A minimum score of 100 is required. The expected breakdown is as follows: Reading 26, Listening 26, Speaking 25, Writing 25.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A minimum combined score of 7.0 is required with each subsection score of at least 7.0.
    • Duolingo English Test (DET): A minimum score of 125 is required.
    • **International applicants include those with English as an additional language and/or an applicant with a permanent resident card.
      • North Park University will not be issuing I-20s for the DEMSN program.

Applicants may be invited for an interview. Before enrolling in the program, accepted students must complete all required immunizations, health screenings, drug screenings, and background checks for clinical clearance.