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Jennifer Gill, Superintendent
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download Nursing Pipeline Preparatory Program NP3

Inspiring Teens toward Nursing Careers

Fall 2021-2022 @ St. John’s College of Nursing

Do you know a Springfield-area high school or junior high student who dreams of becoming a nurse? The Nursing Pipeline Preparatory Program, or NP3, gives young people a head start into nursing careers and provides them with early mentors within the Springfield nursing community. The after-school program is sponsored by St. John’s Hospital, The City of Springfield, and The Land of Lincoln Community Foundation.


Students enter NPwhen they are high school freshmen and continue through their senior year. This four-year experience familiarizes them with nursing school coursework, undergraduate college and nursing school admissions processes, test-taking skills, critical thinking and specialty training. The curriculum, developed by faculty and staff from St. John’s College of Nursing includes:


  • special lectures

  • physical skills-training

  • job shadowing

  • problem-based learning(PBL)

  • laboratory aptitude in the state of the art simulation center

  • research

  • college-planningseminars- financial aid planning

  • supplemental instruction in college-level science, technology, engineering andmath courses