The mission of the Department of Nursing is to educate students through teaching excellence to provide quality care; engage in the nursing profession as a lifelong learners and scholars; and practice to the full extent of their nursing education in dynamic environments.
The Vision of the Department of Nursing is to educate nurses who will excel in the nursing profession.
The Park University family has a rich history of student service, integrity, and commitment. The nursing team is committed to partnering with you while you achieve your professional nursing goals. The program’s design combines the best of Park University’s Liberal Arts, Humanities, and Sciences to prepare students for their nursing courses. Emphasis is placed on safe, patient centered, and evidence based care that will be practiced in dynamic clinical and simulation settings. Nursing faculty members are experts in their fields. The faculty within the nursing department are highly qualified Nurse Educators who enjoy teaching and student engagement. They are gifted in preparing students for success. University life is much more than just coming to the classroom and clinical. There are many resources available to support your learning, co-curricular growth, and professional goals. Students from around the world enhance the environment and learning experience that is uniquely Park. As you wander through the campus over the next two years or engage with others online, watch and listen for the wide variety of cultures you will have an opportunity to be a part of. Please take full advantage of all it means to be a Park Pirate.
The first nursing program offered by the Park University Department of Nursing was an Associate of Science degree. This ASN program was the first program in Missouri to provide direct articulation between nursing schools without additional prerequisite courses or repeated courses for LPNs. The program design provided educational upward mobility and career advancement opportunities for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), including the foundation to pursue a baccalaureate degree or other advanced educational opportunities in nursing. The first class of 35 students was admitted to the Department of Nursing on the Parkville Campus in August of 1987. In 1994, the Department of Nursing was granted full accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission – now known as the Accreditation Commission for Nursing Education (ACEN). Later that year the department was named the Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program in honor of a nurse benefactor who completed her Park College education in 1919. Park’s final ASN class graduated in May 2017.
In 2012 the first students of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program RN-BSN Online option were admitted. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN-BSN option provides a career mobility path for the Associate Degree RN (ADN-RN) to continue their nursing education. This program gives students an opportunity to expand their nursing knowledge and customize their plan of study in the arts, sciences and humanities to fit their personal interests to achieve their goal of obtaining their Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN).
Increasing calls to the University requesting a Traditional (pre-licensure) BSN instigated a study looking at the feasibility and need for such a program. August 21, 2014 the Park University Board of Trustees approved the plan to implement a BSN pre-licensure program option on the Parkville Campus. In March, 2015 a petition for the development of the BSN pre-licensure program was accepted by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. The program proposal was submitted to the MSBN in May 2015. Pre-nursing student demand in the spring of 2014 supported the decision to make the pre-nursing study plan available in January 2015. The BSN traditional program option admitted its first students in the fall of 2016 after receiving initial MSBN approval in November 2015, and the site visit in July 2016.
During the summer of 2015, the Ellen Finley Department of Nursing moved to a brand new academic space located in the Academic Underground on the Parkville Campus. The new space, 40,000 square feet, includes 2 state of the art simulation labs, expanded high fidelity simulation equipment with video capabilities, assessment lab, fundamentals lab, 11 classrooms (seven seating 50, one seating 70 and three seating 30), computer lab, student gathering spaces, and faculty/department offices. The new academic space demonstrates Park’s commitment to nursing and providing students with learning opportunities reflecting the dynamic health care environment and patient care needs.
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Our NCLEX Pass Rate for 2021 is 90% and 100% for 2020 — higher than the Missouri and national averages. Come join in our success!
The “Park Promise” is a commitment that Park University will pay for a student’s NCLEX examination fee (RN exam – approximately $200) if a student achieves faculty clearance prior to taking the exam**. This means our faculty are fully engaged in helping you succeed!
STEP ONE – Submit an application to Park University
In addition to completing the NursingCAS application, you must submit an application to Park University if you are not a current Park University student. Acceptance into the BSN program denotes acceptance to Park University as well. The following is the direct link to the Park University Application.
STEP TWO – Complete your NursingCAS Application
STEP THREE – TEAS Admission Testing is required for ALL applicants
STEP FOUR – Submit your NursingCAS Application
STEP FIVE – Interview
If granted interview you will be scored based on your GPA, TEAS, etc.
*If selected for an interview, you will receive points based on your interview in addition to your TEAS score, GPA, experience and/or volunteer work in healthcare, community volunteer work, Military background, Park University attendance, and if you attended any nursing or health professional training in high school or otherwise
Park University Ellen Finley Earhart School of Nursing offers a Direct Admission Program for exceptional high school students.
Steps to Apply for Early Entry
High school students interested in the Park University Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Direct Admission program must:
Student Expectations after Acceptance
Park University’s program educates future nurses using the latest innovations in nursing education. We offer affordable tuition and flexible scheduling for program prerequisite courses on the Parkville campus. Our pre-licensure option offers simulation laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art human patient simulators. Our faculty-to-student ratio of 6 to 1 ensures personalized instruction in the clinical environment. We have multiple affiliations with hospitals and medical facilities throughout the Greater Kansas City area. Our graduates are recruited by hospitals and health care facilities and a majority have job offers prior to graduation.
We pledge our support to help you succeed.