Governors State University and Prairie State College are proud to present the GSU /PSC 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.

How it works:

Admission to GSU for this program requires ACT Math, Writing, and Composite scores of 19 (or SAT equivalent) and a 3.0+ unweighted high school grade point average. The first year of this program is structured for full-time students attending GSU in the daytime.  *Students maybe reconsidered for the program after successfully completing their first semester at GSU with accumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Highlights of the program include:

 First Year: You’ll take general education and prerequisite courses for both the AAS Nursing and BSN.

 Second Year: You’ll complete the seven credit hour course to become a Certified Nursing Assistant — being a CNA is a requirement for admission for the AAS Nursing program. Credit is awarded by PSC and taught by PSC faculty. However, through the GSU / PSC Nursing Pathway, you’ll have an exclusive opportunity to complete the CNA course. * Apply for the PSC AAS-Nursing program in February of your second year at GSU. 

 Third and Fourth Years: As you start PSC Nursing program, you’ll take coursework to complete the general education and elective requirements at GSU.  Prior to the fall of the fifth year of students take the NCLEX-RN examination while transitioning into the GSU's BSN program. Prairie State AAS-Nursing program students have a 90% first time NCLEX-RN pass rate. Students successfully completing the AAS Nursing degree at PSC and earning the RN are guaranteed admission to the GSU BSN program. 

 Fifth Year: If you attend full time and move through the program as it is designed, you will 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 Executive Innovate Leadership) or the Master of Science in Nursing - Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Healthcare program.  

Other benefits of this program include:

  • Supplemental instruction opportunities and mentoring by PSC and GSU nursing faculty.
  • Studying with fellow students and future nurses — beginning in your freshman year — who will become lifelong colleagues and treasured friends.
  • Eligibility to live in GSU’s dynamic residential community, Prairie Place, which offers academic and personal support, faculty-in-residence, friends, and 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.

 How to apply:

Please note: In anticipation of high demand for this program, GSU recommends applying by the November 1st early action deadline. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and will be considered until the Pathway program reaches capacity. 

  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 NURSPSCto 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.

RN to BSN fact sheet

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   

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

* 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.