Nursing Department Mission, Vision, Core Values


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.

Core Values

  • Safety, Quality Care
  • Teaching Excellence
  • Professionalism
  • Inter-Professional Collaboration
  • Health Promotion

Program Description

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.

Location & Learning Options


Pre-Licensure BSN – 126 credit hours

Student Achievement

  • Our NCLEX Pass Rate is 100% for the 2020 and 2021 Academic Years. Come join in our success!

Department History

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.

Student Handbook


  • Missouri State Board of Nursing – “Initial Approval”
  • HLC

Apply to our Pre-licensure BSN program

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Search for Park University and begin filling out your application!

Our NCLEX Pass Rate is 100% for the 2020 and 2021 Academic Years. Come join in our success!

Park Promise

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!

Application process

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

  • Transcripts – Official Transcripts from any institution ever attended must be sent directly to NursingCAS from your college or university’s Registrar’s office.
  • Request at least (3) References
  • Complete TEAS Testing & upload your score report

STEP THREE – TEAS Admission Testing is required for ALL applicants

  • The minimum score required for entrance is 58.7%
  • You may only retake the exam one time – there must be 4 weeks between your attempts
  • There is a fee to take the TEAS
  • Testing can be taken at

STEP FOUR – Submit your NursingCAS Application

Application Deadlines 

  • Fall 1/1 – 5/1
  • Spring 6/1 – 10/1

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.


  • 3.25 GPA
  • 23 Composite ACT

Steps to Apply for Early Entry

High school students interested in the Park University Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Direct Admission program must:

  1. Apply to Park University selecting Undergrad, Parkville, Degree Seeking, Pre-Nursing as a major.
  2. Submit official copies of all high school transcripts, college transcripts, AP/CLEP Tests, and official ACT scores directly to Park University.
  3. Submit a completed Direct Entry Application.

Student Expectations after Acceptance

  1. Students must complete the following pre-requisites*, while maintaining an Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in the Math & Science pre-requisite courses.
  • Math & Science Pre-Requisites
    • College Algebra
    • General Chemistry with Lab
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II or equivalent
    • Microbiology
    • Statistics for Nursing or Health Sciences
    • Nutrition for Health Services or equivalent
    • Medical Terminology
  • You may only have repeated a science or math pre-requisite course one time
  • Completion of the following general education pre-requisite* courses:
    • English (Writing) I and II
    • Speech/Communications Elective
    • Citizenship Elective
    • Ethics Elective
    • Intro to Psychology
    • Lifespan Development Psychology
    • Humanities Electives in Art or English
    • Humanities Elective
    • Any remaining Park University specific courses as outlined in the catalog
  1. During the admission term prior to your scheduled matriculation (Jan 1 – May 1 for August matriculation, June 1 – October 1 for January matriculation), student must submit updated transcripts to Park University for review to ensure prerequisites are met or are in progress to be met by matriculation date.
  2. After the review is complete, student will receive a confirmation of entrance. If student has outstanding prerequisites or does not meet the admission criteria, the deficiencies and next steps will be presented.
  • Coursework may be completed at Park University or another institution of higher education. For any transferred coursework, see the Transfer Equivalency System to ensure course will transfer.

Tim Hanrahan

Dr. Timothy Ryan Hanrahan

Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions

Jennie Wilson

Jennine Wilson, MSN, RNBC

Asst. Professor & Pre-licensure Track Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Kathy Jackson

Kathy Jackson, MSN, RNC

Simulation Director
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Jessica Fitzgerald

Dr. Jessica Fitzgerald

Assistant Chair
Assistant Professor Nursing

Cameron Harris

Cameron Harris

Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor Department of Nursing

Stephanie Roehm

Stephanie Roehm

Assistant Professor

Nursing is an art and a science. At Park University, we teach the art and science of nursing in the context of a broad liberal arts education. You’ll undertake theoretical, laboratory and clinical patient care experiences that support your learning and your entry into the profession.

students in hospital

Nursing Program Highlights

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.

Nursing Career opportunities

  • Registered Nurse
  • Nurse Manager
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Staff Nurse
  • Charge Nurse
Nurse in NICU

Related programs

Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.