Park University (PU), one of the most renowned private universities in the nation was founded in 1875. It started off as Park College until the year 2000 when it acquired a university status. The University had been earlier affiliated with the Presbyterian congregation but that was later dropped and currently, it has no religious affiliations. Park University is also renowned for being one the universities with a nationwide outreach, with about 40 satellite campuses in 21 US states. PU offers courses online and its military programs are also known the world over.
Park University Nursing Programs
Nursing at Park University is under the Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program. The university nursing programs include a baccalaureate completion degree for registered nurses and an associate degree in nursing completion program for LPNs who want to make a transition into professional nursing. The two completion programs are fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and accredited by the NLNAC.
Associates degree in Nursing
As mentioned earlier, the Ellen Finlay Earhart nursing programs are exclusively completion programs. In this case, the associate degree in nursing at Park University only takes LPN graduates who want to enter professional nursing. Eligible candidates must have a current Missouri LPN license or to be currently enrolled in a Practical Nursing program for classes that will graduate before the ADN program begins. This career mobility program accepts qualified practical nurses to take the accelerated program in a period of one year running from August to May each year.
In total 51 credit hours are required to complete the program, including a three credit nursing transition course taken in the August before the start of the fall semester. Passing the transition course allows students to be granted advanced standing for the ADN program. Successful completion of the program enables students to apply for the NLCEX-RN exam for licensure as registered nurses.
BSN Degree Completion (Online)
The Bachelor of Science in nursing completion program allows registered nurses to advance their nursing qualifications to the baccalaureate level. Candidates must have a valid RN licensure from any US state and must have graduated from an accredited associate of science in nursing program. Students who are not registered nurses but have completed a pre-nursing program may also be allowed into the program if they have a minimum GPA of 3.0 from the pre-nursing program.
Applications for the program are open all year round but students start the mobility program only in the spring semester. 46 core nursing credits must be taken at Park and additional 15 credits on social sciences and humanities bringing the total for the completion program to 61 credits. It is also important to note that all the courses for BSN completion program courses are offered online. This definitely makes the program more suitable for those building on their prior nursing experience ie RNs than the Pre-nursing students who hold no prior nursing experience. For those coming in with a pre-nursing associate degree, successful completion will enable them to apply for the NCLEX-RN exam and become registered nurses.
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