Ellen Finley Earhart Department of Nursing

Complete Your Associate Degree in Nursing

The Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program at Park University, initiated in 1987. The Associate Degree Program is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and approved by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, Phone: (404) 975-5000, Fax: (404) 975-5020, Email: info@acenursing.org, Web: www.acenursing.org

This program is designed for the career mobility of the Licensed Practical Nurse to transition to the role of the Registered Nurse. Our accelerated degree program enables a qualified LPN to obtain an Associate Degree in Nursing. In addition, graduates are prepared to take the Registered Nurse Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) and pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

Program Details

The Associate Degree in Nursing is an accelerated program that does not repeat PN school content, but instead focuses RN roles and responsibilities. Much time is devoted to preparing you to think independently and make decisions as a professional nurse. Content also focuses on helping you to understand the rationale behind nursing interventions, evaluating patient outcomes, and planning patient care.

Classes run from August through the following May. The program requires a maximum of 10 months to complete, including a month break for winter holidays. Whenever possible, learning experiences are scheduled during daytime hours, Monday - Friday. Classes are typically scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with clinicals on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Truman Medical Center, the Center for Behavioral Medicine, St. Luke's Northland Hospital, or another community agency.

Hands-On Experience

Students in Park's associate degree program benefit from the high-tech training possible through sophisticated simulation labs that used programmable computerized "patients" presenting a variety of medical conditions.

A birthing simulator enables students to experience first-hand a realistic delivery process from early contractions to care of the newborn. Rather than just observing the process, students actually assist with maternal and childcare, troubleshoot complications and role-play possible scenarios.

Park plans to ultimately feature three labs, including one that will simulate medical surgical procedures, all using state-of-the-art technology to provide realistic clinical experiences for the associate degree student.


The ADN application season is open annually from January 1 thru April 15. During this time, application for admission, application fees, scheduling of the nursing validation examination, and entrance exam fees are accepted.