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Governors State 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 College of DuPage (COD) with a 2.0 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 Governors State University (GSU) at College of DuPage.
  • The Nursing at COD 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

  • COD students must complete the ADN program at COD with a cumulative 2.00/4.00 Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • GSU will accept up to a maximum of 85 credit hours from College of DuPage. 
  • The additional COD courses beyond the associate degree with a grade of "B" or higher.
  • The remaining 35 credit hours of GSU coursework are completed in the online delivery format and are offered at a reduced tuition rate.

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 Governor's State University faculty and are offered 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
CHEMI 1211 General Chemistry 5
MATH 1635 Statistics (preferred) or PSYCH 2280 or SOCIO 2205  3-4
PSYCH 1100   General Psychology 3

The ADN program is a limited enrollment program. This is not a complete list of all prerequisite steps. Students should review and follow the admission packet for this program online at cod.edu/adn

All transfer course work must be completed with a grade of 'C' or higher. It is important that students carefully select General Education Electives as noted above to maximize transferability. GSU accepts 85 credits in transfer.

 

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
* In order to satisfy the Multicultural Diversity Requirement students must complete either a Humanities or Fine Arts course with an IAI code ending in N or D.

The ADN program is a limited enrollment program. This is not a complete list of all prerequisite steps. Students should review and follow the admission packet for this program online at cod.edu/adn

All transfer course work must be completed with a grade of 'C' or higher. It is important that students carefully select General Education Electives as noted above to maximize transferability. GSU accepts 85 credits in transfer.

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

**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 Governors State University. No courses work will be repeated.

All transfer course work must be completed with a grade of 'C' or higher. It is important that students carefully select General Education Electives as noted above to maximize transferability. GSU accepts 85 credits in transfer.

Year 3

Total Hours: 20
Courses Credit Hours
ENGLI 1102 English Composition II+ 3
Chem 1212 Survey of Organic Chemistry+ 5
PHILO 1110 Ethics+ 3
SOCIO 1100 Introduction to Sociology+ 3
IAI Fine Arts*+ 3
CIS 1150 Intro to Computer Information Systems+ 3

 * In order to satisfy the Multicultural Diversity Requirement students must complete either a Humanities or Fine Arts course with an IAI code ending in N or D.

+Additional coursework beyond the AAS in Nursing degree must be completed with a grade of "B" or higher

All transfer course work must be completed with a grade of 'C' or higher. It is important that students carefully select General Education Electives as noted above to maximize transferability. GSU accepts 85 credits in transfer.

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 Governors State University prior to taking any classes beyond the ADN. It is recommended that students using financial aid should begin applying to Governors State 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 GSU: 35
B.S. degree in Nursing (BSN) Courses Credit Hours
NURS 3099 - Conceptual Basis for Professional Nursing  3
NURS 3150 - Pathophysiology 3
NURS 3160 - Gerontological Nursing 3
NURS 3170 - Basic Nursing Informatics  3
NURS 3300 - Health Assessment  3
NURS 4110 - Evidence Based Research 3
NURS 4120 - Public Health Promotion  3
NURS 4130 - Public Health Practicum 3
NURS 4501 - Leadership for Patient Safety 3
Upper Division Elective** 8

 **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 Governors State University.

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

Total credit hours to complete the entire program: (85 + 35) = 120 semester hours

 

Important Notes

  • * In order to satisfy the Multicultural Diversity Requirement students must complete either a Humanities or Fine Arts course with an IAI code ending in N or D.
  • **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 Governors State University.
  • +Additional coursework beyond the AAS in Nursing degree must be completed with a grade of "B" or higher
  • The ADN program is a limited enrollment program. This is not a complete list of all prerequisite steps. Students should review and follow the admission packet for this program online at www.cod.edu/adn
  • COD courses are not listed in sequence. The ADN degree must be completed and conferred and have valid Registered Nurse (RN) license in order to enroll in the BSN course sequence. Please consult with your COD academic advisor to determine degree requirements and when COD courses should be taken.
  • 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 GSU prior to taking any classes beyond the ADN. It is recommended that students using financial aid should begin applying to GSU 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.
  • All transfer course work must be completed with a grade of 'C' or higher. It is important that students carefully select General Education Electives as noted above to maximize transferability. GSU accepts 85 credits in transfer.
  • A student must earn a minimum of 120 credit hours to qualify for graduation with a bachelor's degree. At least 35 of the 120 credit hours for graduation must be completed through online delivery at GSU. Students should follow the degree requirements for the catalog year in which they enter GSU.
  • In order to satisfy all General Education and AAS Nursing requirements students may complete more than 120 hours.
  • GSU 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 Governors State University.
  • If you are planning on attending full time in the BSN program, you should enroll in the Dual Degree Program in your second semester of the nursing program at COD. Contact the GSU 3+1 representative for more information.
  • If you attend full-time you can complete the BSN program in as few as three semesters.
  • Students must register and purchase books at Governors State University for all GSU courses.
  • Apply to the BSN program by visiting www.govst.edu/Admissions and click "Apply Online." The application deadlines are May 1 (Fall), October 1 (Spring) and February 1 (Summer). Nursing courses start in the fall and spring terms.

Contact Information

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

Julie Anderson
College of Health and Human Services
Governors State University
(708) 534-4086
janderson13@govst.edu