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Governors State University and Prairie State College Nursing Pathway

This blended degree program offers all the benefits of earning both Associate and Bachelor's Degrees in Nursing without the mystery of having to navigate course or transfer requirements between programs at different schools. GSU and PSC have designed this program so that obtaining your desired educational outcome is easier than it has ever been.


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PSC AAS Nursing Program eligibility

  • All GSU students in the program are eligible to apply to the competitive PSC AAS Nursing Program.
  • Guaranteed admission to the BSN program at GSU after completing PSC's AAS and passing the NCLEX-RN.

Other Benefits include:

  • Supplemental instruction opportunities and mentoring by PSC and GSU nursing faculty.
  • Instruction in state-of-the-art nursing laboratories at GSU.
  • Studying with fellow students and future nurses — beginning in your freshman year.
  • Eligibility to live in GSU's dynamic residential community, Prairie Place — with access to classrooms and nursing laboratories just a few steps away.
  • Assistance from GSU and PSC Financial Aid Advisors to navigate the consortium agreement that allows you to take classes at two colleges/universities at the same time.
  • Flexibility to focus coursework to one campus- GSU or PSC- at a time.


Highlights of the program include:

First Year:

• General education and prerequisite courses for both the AAS Nursing and BSN.

Second Year:

• Apply for the PSC AAS-Nursing program by February 1 of your second year at GSU.
• Complete the seven credit hour course to become a Certified Nursing Assistant — a requirement for admission for the AAS Nursing program.
• Complete the CNA course in state-of-the-art nursing laboratories at GSU.*

Third and Fourth Years:

• Complete general education and elective requirements at GSU and AAS Nursing degree from PSC.
• Prior to the fall of the fifth year, take the NCLEX-RN examination while transitioning into the GSU BSN program.
• Students successfully completing the AAS Nursing degree at PSC and earning the RN are guaranteed admission to the GSU BSN program.

Fifth Year:

• Earn your Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from GSU in the summer semester of your fifth year.
• Earning your BSN from GSU entitles you to guaranteed admission into the Master of Science in Nursing (Nursing Administration Concentration) or the Master of Science in Nursing – Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Healthcare program.

* Students currently listed on the Illinois CNA Registry and who have worked as a CNA within the last two years are not required to repeat the CNA course in this program. Exceptions made for students taking placement assessments in advance of enrollment at GSU that result in scores that qualify for admission to the program.


(Green = PSC Credits)


Fall: 13 hours, GSU only
ENGL 1000: Writing Studies I (3)
FYS 1001: First Year Seminar: Interdisciplinary Humanities (3)
MATH 2100: General Education Statistics (3)
BIOL 2200/2201: Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab (4)

Spring: 14 hours, GSU only
ENGL 1010: Writing Studies II (3)
PSYC 1101: Principles of Psychology (3)
PSYC 2201: Life-Span Developmental Psychology (3)
BIOL 2210/2211: Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab (4)

Summer: 4 hours, GSU only
BIOL 2210/2211: Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab (4)


Fall: 14 hours, GSU and PSC courses
BIOL 4430/4431: Microbiology with Lab (4)
COMS 1160: Public Discourse (3)
NURS 100: Nurse Assistant Training (7) [Course completed on GSU campus]

Spring: 12 hours, GSU only
SOC 1100: Introduction to Sociology (3)
MIS 2101: Basics of Information Technology (3)
Upper Division Humanities or Fine Arts Gen Ed Course (3)
Upper Division Fine Arts/ Multicultural Elective [Take ART 3102: Worlds of Art] (3)


Fall: 12 hours, GSU and PSC courses
NURS 101: Basic Care Concepts (7)
NURS 111: Nursing as a Profession (1)
CHEM 1111/1112: Chemical Science Foundations with Lab (4)*
*Can be taken at PSC as CHEM 110: General Chemistry I to be at one campus location.

Spring: 12 hours: GSU and PSC courses
NURS 102: Acute Care Concepts (8)
CHEM 1113/1114: Intro to Organic and Biological Chemistry with Lab (4)*
*Can be taken at PSC as CHEM 130: General Chemistry II to be at one campus location.


Fall: 11 hours, PSC courses only
NURS 201: Family Care Concepts (11)
**Discuss taking 1 credit hour of electives to become “full-time” with Financial Aid if using financial aid funding.**

Spring: 13 hours, PSC courses only
NURS 202: Advanced Care Concepts (11)
NURS 211: Preparation for Professional Nursing (2)
Upper Division Elective (3) online course preferred

Take NCLEX-RN Examination/earn RN prior to Fall Year 5 courses.


Fall: 12 hours, GSU only
NURS 3140: Conceptual Basis for Professional Nursing (3) 1st half
NURS 3150: Pathophysiology (3) 1st half
NURS 3170: Basic Nursing Informatics (3) 2nd half
NURS 3300: Health Assessment (3) 2nd half

Spring: 12 hours, GSU only
NURS 3160: Gerontological Nursing (3) 1st half
NURS 4110: Evidence-Based Research (3) 1st half
NURS 4120: Public Health Promotion (3) 2nd half
NURS 4130: Public Health Practicum (3) 2nd half

Total Hours: 127
PSC Hours: 47 GSU Hours: 80

Please note, the plan above is subject to review based on catalog and accreditation requirements.


Please note: In anticipation of high demand for this program, GSU recommends applying by November 1. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be considered until the Pathway program reaches capacity. Note: you will need to apply for the PSC AAS-Nursing program by February 1 of your second year at GSU.

1. Apply for freshman admission at GSU.

2. Select “Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing” as your intended major.

3. When completing the admission application, use code NURSPSC to waive your application fee.

4. Once admitted to GSU, you’ll pay a $50 deposit and then our staff will guide you through enrollment and ROAR (Resources, Orientation, Advising, and Registration) processes.

5. Students who wish to live in Prairie Place are advised to submit a housing contract early. Prairie Place fills quickly, and space is assigned in the order that contracts and prepayments are received. For more information, visit

6. For more information, visit, call 708.534.4490, or email the GSU Admissions office.