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Benedictine University: 3+1 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

A convenient, affordable and streamlined approach to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Who can enroll in the program?

  • Students who have completed an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Nursing (ADN) at COD with a 2.50 GPA or better and hold a current, valid Registered Nurse (RN) license.
  • New students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing offered by Benedictine University at College of DuPage. Nursing is a limited enrollment program. Students should consult with the admission packet.
  • Students who graduated from COD's AAS degree in Nursing and went elsewhere can be considered for admission for this 3+1 program if they complete any necessary prerequisites. A transcript evaluation needs to be completed by both schools.

Program Overview

  • For students earning an AAS in Nursing, the program consists of 120 credit hours, including 83 credit hours of COD courses and 37 credit hours of Benedictine University coursework.
  • All additional coursework beyond the AAS degree must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Benedictine will offer the final-year Nursing classes in an accelerated hybrid format as well as online, for degree completion by COD students who are age 21 or older and have earned the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing.
  • Students should apply for admission to the Benedictine University RN to BSN program upon admission to the COD ADN Program.

The Advantage

The 3+1 program allows students to complete their AAS degree from College of DuPage. Once completed, our students are then allowed to take additional courses beyond their degree from COD paying our much lower tuition rates. The final year of classes are taught by Benedictine University faculty and are offered on College of DuPage's campus or online at a significantly reduced rate, making the goal of continuing an education a reality for more students. This program exemplifies College of DuPage's mission to make education more affordable for its students while stressing academic quality, first-class faculty and extraordinary learning environments.

Year 1 and 2

Prerequisites Needed Prior to Application

Sub-total: 19-20
Courses Credit Hours
ANAT 1551 or 1571 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
ANAT 1552 or 1572 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
MATH 1102, or higher* (Math 1104, 1120 and 1340 are not accepted for the AAS)** 3-4
PSYCH 1100   General Psychology** 3

*All courses listed in the academic plan designated with an asterisk (*) must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

**All courses listed in the academic plan designated with two asterisks (**) must be completed with a grade of "C" or better to fulfill College of DuPage (COD) A.A.S. in Nursing requirements.

The ADN program is a limited enrollment program. Students should review the admission packet for this program online at cod.edu/adn

Math Note: There is an additional math requirement in the 3rd year that is required for the 3+1 BSN program with Benedictine University. Students should work with the College of DuPage Counseling, Advising, and Transfer Services office to plan for the additional math requirement. See Additional Courses: Beyond the ADN degree section below.

 

General Education Courses Needed to Graduate

Total Hours: 16
Courses Credit Hours
MICRO 1420 Microbiology**  4
PSYCH 2237 Developmental Psychology** 3
ENGLI 1101 English Composition I**  3
IAI HUMANITIES++

3
SPEEC 1100 Fundamentals of Speech Communication**  3
**All courses listed in the academic plan designated with two asterisks (**) must be completed with a grade of "C" or better to fulfill College of DuPage (COD) A.A.S. in Nursing requirements.

++IAI Humanities include Fine Arts, History, Humanities and Literature courses. Consult a Benedictine admissions counselor or transfer guide at ben.edu/transferguides.

Submit application to Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program before Deadline

Years 1 and 2

Total Hours: 40+++
Courses Credit Hours
Nursi 1120* Role of the Nurse I 1
Nursi 1130* Introduction to Core Concepts 4
Nursi 1140* Physical Assessment 2
Nursi 1150* Pathophysiology-Altered Health Concepts 3
Nursi 1170* Nursing Pharmacology and Disease Process 3
Nursi 1220* Health and Illness Concepts I 5
Nursi 1230* Family Health Concepts I 5
Nursi 2120* Health and Illness Concepts II 5
Nursi 2130* Family Health Concepts II 5
Nursi 2320* Complex Health Problems 4
Nursi 2330* Role of the Nurse II 1
Nursi 2340* Clinical Decision Making Practicum 2

*All courses listed in the academic plan designated with an asterisk (*) must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

+++ 30 semester credit hours of lower division Nursing courses will be accepted for transfer towards the BSN; however, 40 semester credit hours are required for the AAS in Nursing. Remaining 10 credit hours will be applied at elective hours at Benedictine University.

Year 3

Total Hours: 15-16
Courses Credit Hours
ENGLI 1102 English Composition II* 3
BenU Designated Physical Scientific Course CHEMI 1211 Survey of General Chemistry (recommended) + 5
IAI Humanities/Fine Arts from a discipline other than philosophy++ 3
MATH 1635 Statistics (preferred) or PSYCH 2280 or SOCIO 2205* 3-4
PHILO 1110 Ethics 3
SOCIO 1100 Introduction to Sociology 3

*All courses listed in the academic plan designated with an asterisk (*) must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

Students using financial aid must complete the associate of ADN degree requirements prior to taking the additional COD coursework.

Students utilizing financial aid must apply and be accepted into Benedictine University prior to taking any classes beyond the ADN. It is recommended that students using financial aid should begin applying to Benedictine University one semester before completing the ADN and ask for the financial aid consortium agreement. Students also need to apply for graduation from the ADN program at COD. Not doing so will result in not receiving financial aid.

Year 4

Minimum semester hours to be earned at BU: 34
B.S. degree in Nursing (BSN) Courses Credit Hours
NRHL 3315 Perspectives of Professional Nursing Practice*  4
NRHL 3330 Nursing Scholarship: Role of Research in Evidence-Based Practice* 3
NRHL 3335 Concepts in Collaborative Health Promotion & Disease Prevention for the Older Adults* 3
NRHL 3340 Comprehensive Health and Physical Assessment*   3
NRHL 3345 Applications of the Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics to Clinical Reasoning*  3
NRHL 4365 Health Promotion for Families, Communities and Populations*+++ 3
NRHL 4366 Professional Practice in Health Promotion* 3
NRHL 4375 Healthcare Policy, Regulation & Advocacy*+++ 3
NRHL 4392 Nurse Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration*+++ 3
NRHL 4394 Professional Practice in Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration*  3
IDS 2202 Catholic & Benedictine Intellectual Traditions  3

*All courses listed in the academic plan designated with an asterisk (*) must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

+++Completion of NRHL 4365 and NRHL 4392 with grades of "B" or better will allow students to waive enrollment in NRHL 5501 when admitted into the Benedictine University Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) Program. Completion of NRHL 4375 with grade of "B" or better will allow students to waive enrollment in NRHL 5505 when admitted into the Benedictine University Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) Program.

Students enrolled in the 3+1 Benedictine University RN to BSN Program will not be eligible for additional Benedictine University -funded grants and scholarships, except for nursing student specific scholarships.

Any deviation from these courses should be done only through consultation with an advisor.

Total credit hours to complete the entire program: (86 + 34) = 120 semester hours

 

Important Notes

  • *All courses listed in the academic plan designated with an asterisk (*) must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
  • **All courses listed in the academic plan designated with two asterisks (**) must be completed with a grade of "C" or better to fulfill College of DuPage (COD) Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Nursing (ADN) requirements.
  • ***A minimum of 120 semester credit hours is required for baccalaureate degree completion from Benedictine University. Students may complete more than the minimum of 120 semester credit hours to meet University degree requirements. At least 34 of the 120 semester credit hours for graduation must be completed at Benedictine University.
  • +CHEM 1211 is recommended as this course is required of many graduate programs that prepare individuals as advanced practice nurses. CHEM 1211 is equivalent to Benedictine University CHEM 1101 Introduction to Chemistry (3 credits) and 1102 Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory (1 credit). Additional QPS designated courses are listed in the Benedictine University Undergraduate Catalog.
  • ++IAI Humanities include Fine Arts, History, Humanities and Literature courses. Consult a Benedictine admissions counselor or transfer guide at ben.edu/transferguides.
  • +++Completion of NRHL 4365 and NRHL 4392 with grades of "B" or better will allow students to waive enrollment in NRHL 5501 when admitted into the Benedictine University Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) Program. Completion of NRHL 4375 with grade of "B" or better will allow students to waive enrollment in NRHL 5505 when admitted into the Benedictine University Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) Program.
  • 30 semester credit hours of lower division Nursing courses will be accepted for transfer towards the BSN; however, 40 semester credit hours are required for the ADN. Remaining 10 credit hours will be applied at elective hours at Benedictine University.
  • The ADN program is a limited enrollment program. Students should review the admission packet for this program online at cod.edu/adn
  • COD courses are not listed in sequence. The ADN degree must be completed and conferred in order to enroll in the NRHL course sequence. Please consult with your COD academic advisor to determine degree requirements and when COD courses should be taken. Students will enroll in Benedictine courses in a designated sequence with their cohort group.
  • Benedictine University reserves the right to evaluate transcripts for any year 1-3 coursework completed at another institution and does not guarantee that courses accepted by COD will be accepted by Benedictine University.
  • Students using financial aid must complete the associate of ADN degree requirements prior to taking the additional COD coursework.
  • Students utilizing financial aid must apply and be accepted into Benedictine University prior to taking any classes beyond the ADN. It is recommended that students using financial aid should begin applying to Benedictine University one semester before completing the ADN and ask for the financial aid consortium agreement. Students also need to apply for graduation from the ADN program at COD. Not doing so will result in not receiving financial aid.
  • The AAS degree must be completed and conferred in order to validate this agreement. Please refer to the student planning worksheet at www.cod.edu/counseling for COD's AAS degree requirements.
  • Students enrolled in the 3+1 Benedictine University RN to BSN Program will not be eligible for additional Benedictine University -funded grants and scholarships, with the exception of nursing student specific scholarships.

Contact Information

Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 3200, (630) 942-2259

Matthew Jones
Director of Admissions 
Benedictine University
mjones@ben.edu