Earn an affordable nursing degree from two national recognized institutions-Concordia University Chicago and Resurrection University.
This unique program allows you to earn a bachelor of science degree while enjoying all the extracurricular activities and student support services provided by both universities.
Nursing Degree Program and Degree Overview
You will spend your freshman and sophomore years at Concordia-Chicago where you will take pre-professional general education and rigorous science courses.
After successfully completing at least two full semesters at CUC, you are required to apply separately for admission to Resurrection University’s nursing program which is not guaranteed based on your admission to CUC.
As a Resurrection student you will participate in hands-on clinical experiences and take courses solely related to nursing. Upon successful completion of all four years of the program, you will receive a diploma listing both universities.
NCLEX-RN pass rates for Resurrection University students have been above 90% for the past eight quarters. The exam tests the knowledge, skills and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry level.
Please note, this program is not open to transfer students. Prospective transfer students should contact Resurrection University directly for admission information.
Nursing Course Information
Curriculum at Concordia University Chicago
During your freshman and sophomore years at CUC, your course work will focus on pre-professional general education courses and pre-nursing topics including biology and chemistry. You will work hands-on in small classes that focus on the individual success of each student. These courses will provide a foundation for the rigorous curriculum of subsequent nursing courses.
Curriculum at Resurrection University
The last two years of your courses will be taken at Resurrection University campus located in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. At Resurrection University your courses will focus on nursing and the fundamentals of healthcare. As part of the curriculum you will also take seven-week courses in pediatrics, community health, mental health, older adult nursing, pharmacology and more. You will devote most of your time to hands-on clinical work in a variety of situations; so don't expect a classroom-only learning environment.
Resurrection University was founded as West Suburban School of Nursing in 1914 as a diploma program. Today, Resurrection University is a fully-accredited, not-for-profit, Catholic-based specialty school for health sciences with a College of Nursing and a College of Allied Health. The institution offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Owned and operated by Presence Health, the largest Catholic health care system in Illinois, Resurrection University offers a real world educational experience both inside and outside the classroom. Faculty members mentor students and take an active interest in their success. And university's affiliation with Presence Health and its hospitals not only allows us to supply valuable clinical experiences, but to offer career placement opportunities within the system as well.
- Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and member
- Approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation
- Approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
- Membership in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
- Membership in the National League for Nursing
- Membership in the Federation of independent Illinois Colleges and Universities
- Membership in the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
- Membership in the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
Steps to Apply
The join nursing degree requires a two-step admission process. Please note: This program is not open to transfer students. Prospective transfer students should contact Resurrection University directly for admission information.
To begin the application process to the program, students must complete the following steps for the term for which they are applying:
- Apply to Concordia University Chicago and be accepted into the University’s program.
- Submit an official copy of your high school transcriptsas well as official transcripts of all post-secondary coursework (regardless of earned credit).
- Submit an official copy of ACT test scores (CUC Code= 1004) or SAT I test scores (CUC Code = 1140).
- Submit a copy of all courses in progress.
Program admission requirements for freshmen students at Concordia University Chicago:
The joint Nursing degree program is a competitive admission program for select incoming freshmen. The minimum admission requirements are:
- Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75/4.0in all high school coursework
- Minimum grade point average of 2.75/4.0 in all high school Science courses (recommended courses include: Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology)
- Grade of “C” or better in all Natural Science high school coursework
- Minimum grade point average of 2.75/4.0 in all high school Mathematics courses (recommended courses include: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry)
- Grade of “C” or better in all Mathematics high school coursework
- Minimum ACT composite score of 23 or an SAT I combined score of 1070
- Minimum ACT subscores of 23 in both Mathematics and Science
- Minimum ACT subscore of 21 in English
Program admission requirements for students to Resurrection University:
To begin the admission process into Resurrection University, all students must meet the minimum requirements after successful completion of at least two full-time semesters at Concordia-Chicago. These requirements designated by Resurrection University are:
- A completed application and $50 application fee - Must be submitted via ResU.edu. Twenty-four hours after submitting the online payment, you must contact the Office of Admissions at 773-252-6464 to registerfor the TEAS exam, which is part of your application
- TEAS exam - Administered several times per month at Resurrection University and must be passed in order to be accepted. Test dates can be found at ResU.edu/about-2/teas-exam. A study guide can be purchased at atitesting.com
- Transcripts – Official transcripts from all colleges and universities must be submitted
- A two-page personal statement of your goals and why you want to become a nurse must be submitted electronically via the following guidelines:
- Maximum two pages, double spaced
- Name included on each page
Other criteria for ResU admission:
- Science and computer courses must have been completed no more than five years from intended term of enrollment
- Three out of four science classes must be completed by the deadline date to be considered for admission
- Overall, cumulative GPA of 2.75/4.0, Science GPA of 2.75/4.0 (calculated from your grades in General Chemistry, Microbiology and Anatomy and Physiology I & II)
- Complete the TEAS exam with satisfactory score based on national averages
For more information
Concordia University Chicago and Resurrection University are pleased to offer this unique joint degree program in nursing. If you have more questions or wish to learn more, please contact CUC’s Office of Undergraduate Admission at 1-877-CUChicago (282-4422) or email Admission@CUChicago.edu.
This program plan incorporates all credits needed to successfully complete a bachelor of science in nursing degree. All courses during years 1 and 2 will be taken at Concordia University Chicago, with some course available in an online-only or hybrid format. Beginning summer in year 2, courses must be taken at Resurrection University. In total, 69 semester hours of credit will be earned at CUC and 61 semester hours of credit at Resurrection University.
Year 1: Semester 1, 16 semester hours
- IDS 1970 Freedom & Responsibility (3 hours)
- ENG 1100 English Composition (3 hours)
- CIS 1000 Foundation of Information Systems (3 hours)
- BIO 2500 Fundamentals of Microbiology (4 hours)
- General Education: Select one course from ART/MUS/THR from pool (3 hours)
Year 1: Semester 2, 16 semester hours
- ENG 2000 Writing About Literature (3 hours)
- PHI 2210 Introduction to Logic (3 hours)
- MAT 1810 College Algebra & Trigonometry (3 hours)
- THY 1100 The Bible (3 hours)
- CHE 2200 Fundamentals of Chemistry (4 hours)
Year 1: Semester 3*, 6 semester hours
- PSY 4310 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences (3 hours)
- THY 4410 World Religions (3 hours)
- *May be taken during the summer or J-term
Year 2: Semester 1, 15 semester hours
- BIO 2600 Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology I (4 hours)
- PSY 2000 General Psychology (3 hours)
- SOC 2010 Introduction to Sociology (3 hours)
- PES 1100 Fitness & Wellness (2 hours)
- General Education: Select one course from the following ENG/HIS/PHI from pool (3 hours)
Year 2: Semester 2, 16 semester hours
- BIO 2650 Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology Il (4 hours)
- PSY 4100 Development Psychology: Lifespan (3 hours)
- COM 1100 Speech (3 hours)
- Elective CUC course (3 hours)
- General Education: Select from one course from the following ATH/GEO** from pool (3 hours)
- ••This also counts for the required Global Studies course
Year 2: Semester 3, 6 semester hours
- NUR 3130 Health Assessment (3 hours)
- NUR 3140 Pathophysiological Mechanics (3 hours)
Year 3: Semester 1, 12 semester hours
- NUR 3240 Pharmacotherapeutics in Nursing (3 hours)
- NUR 3141 Foundations in Nursing Practice (4 hours) (1st 7 weeks)
- NUR 3241 Adult Health Nursing I (5 Hours) (2nd 7 weeks)
Year 3: Semester 2, 13 semester hours
- NUR 4140 Family Assessment & Health Promotion (2 hours) (1st 7 weeks)
- NUR 4141 Women & Newborn Nursing (4 hours) (1st 7 weeks)
- NUR 4240 Ethics in Nursing (3 hours) (2nd 7 weeks)
- NUR 4241 Pediatric/Health Nursing (4 hours) (2nd 7 weeks)
Year 3: Semester 3, 2 semester hours
- NUR 4440 Research in Nursing (2 hours)
- It is highly recommend that students participate in a nursing internship during this summer.
Year 4: Semester 1, 10 semester hours
- NUR 4441 Mental Health Nursing (4 hours) (1st 7 weeks)
- NUR 4541 Community Health Nursing (4 hours) (2nd 7 weeks)
- Nursing, Elective of choices (2 hours) (1st and 2nd weeks)
Year 4: Semester 2, 15 semester hours
- NUR 4540 Gerontological Health Nursing (3 hours) (2nd 4 weeks)
- NUR 4640 Leadership & Management in Nursing (4 hours) (1st 4 weeks)
- NUR 4641 Adult Health Nursing II (5 hours) (1st 11 weeks)
- NUR 4642 Professional Role Transition (5 hours) (Last 5 weeks)