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Benedictine, COD partner to offer bachelor’s degree in Nursing

August 17, 2012

Nursing Staff & Faculty_DSC_0155Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University and College of DuPage have announced the details of a new Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Nursing 3+1 Program open to COD students and alumni who have earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing.

Applications are currently being accepted for enrollment in this program.

The entire program will be completed at College of DuPage's main campus in Glen Ellyn. The first 83 hours of the program are taught by COD instructors and are offered at COD tuition rates. The remaining 37 hours of Benedictine University B.S. in Nursing program completion courses are taught by Benedictine instructors at the COD campus at a reduced rate of $280 per tuition hour.

"Benedictine University's B.S. in Nursing program is continually recognized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education for its rigorous academic quality and integrity," said Donald B. Taylor, Ph.D., provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Benedictine "It is also one of only two programs in the state that received grant awards from the Illinois Board of Higher Education for three consecutive years to expand the program to meet workforce needs in the Chicago region.

"Through this new partnership, we will continue to be able to make this stellar program more accessible to students of all ages," Taylor added.

The College of DuPageAssociate of Applied Science in Nursing (ADN) program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission Inc. (NLNAC). In addition, the ADN program has been approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation/Board of Nursing and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB).

"This is an extremely cost-effective and convenient opportunity for COD nursing students to seamlessly earn a bachelor's degree in Nursing, which is quickly becoming the industry standard for this profession," said Jean V. Kartje, Ph.D., vice president of Academic Affairs at COD.

"College of DuPage and Benedictine University have enjoyed a solid and productive relationship for many years," she added. "This latest initiative will result in the training of future generations of nurses who are greatly needed within our community and the population at large."

Benedictine University also offers an RN-to-B.S.N. completion program, which is specifically designed for the working RN who is juggling multiple life priorities, and an online Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program. Both are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

For more information about the COD/Benedictine B.S. in Nursing 3+1 Program, please contact Hicela Woodsat (630) 829-6300


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. A 2016 PayScale Inc. report ranked BenU one of the top 10 colleges in Illinois for return on investment and in the top 20 percent nationally. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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