Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, Ill., and Resurrection University in Oak Park, Ill., have entered into a partnership agreement to offer a joint degree nursing program beginning this year.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will receive a joint degree from Concordia and Resurrection and will be awarded one diploma with both institutions listed.
From 1985 to 2003, Concordia and the West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing, Resurrections former name, maintained an agreement to offer a joint nursing degree program.
“We are honored to renew our partnership with Resurrection University,” said Dr. John F. Johnson, president of Concordia, in a news release. “Our universities share a long-standing history of providing a quality education for students, and we are pleased to offer this unique option for students to earn a degree in nursing.” Concordias undergraduate students will spend their first two years taking pre-professional general education and science courses in preparation for applying to Resurrections nursing program.
“Our (BSN) program is very intense,” said Resurrection President Beth A. Brooks, RN, PhD, FACHE, in a news release. “The students who are admitted must focus on their studies, learn critical thinking and how to compassionately care for families and patients. These are competent, quality, mission-driven students who are pushed to their limits.”
Graduates from Resurrections BSN program achieved an NCLEX exam pass rate for 2011 of 96%, ranking Resurrection fourth in Illinois.