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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 orhwoods@ben.edu.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 15 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country's fastest-growing campuses between 2002-2012 in The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. Benedictine University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the sixth largest in the Chicago area in 2014.

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