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Saint Anthony College of Nursing

  • Rockford, IL
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 90%10%
    student ratio
  • 146
    total students
  • $22,144 | $22,144
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Not Reported
    fall application deadline
  • Not Reported
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
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A Small, Private Catholic Nursing College

Saint Anthony College of Nursing (SACN) is a small, private Catholic college that emulates the example set by St. Francis of Assisi, who dedicated his life to helping the sick and poor. The college is located on the 100-acre Order of St. Francis (OSF) Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, IL, the region's pioneer in cardiac, cancer, trauma, and orthopedic care.

With less than 200 undergraduates enrolled at the SACN, and a student to teacher ratio of 8 to 1, each student is guaranteed abundant individual attention and support. SACN boasts a 92.5 percent graduation rate.

Although one of SACN's goals is to provide opportunities for students to develop an understanding of the Christian philosophy of life and its application in daily living as a person, citizen, and professional nurse, students do not need to be Catholic to attend the college. Many SACN students come from a wide variety of faiths, including both Christian and non-Christian denominations.

A History of Success

Undergraduates attending SACN receive not only exceptional academic instruction but also ample clinical experience while obtaining their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (B.S.N.). An impressive 96 percent of the class of 2009 passed the National Council of State Boards of Nursing NCLEX-RN exam, compared to the national average of 88 percent.

Several Paths to SACN

There are several paths that prospective undergraduates may take to obtain a B.S.N. from SACN. Undergraduates may either transfer to SACN's B.S.N. program in their junior year, be a registered nurse (RN) who already holds an associate degree in nursing, or be a high school senior applying for early entry into the nursing program. All prospective students are encouraged to contact SACN before beginning coursework at another college to ensure that the credits can be transferred.

A Rigorous B.S.N. Program

During their 4 semesters in the B.S.N. program at Saint Anthony College of Nursing, students complete 64 credits. The program encompasses a rigorous and diverse curriculum. Undergraduates are given a solid foundation in anatomy and physiology, biology, nutrition, and chemistry. Electives include specialized courses such as Pathophysiology of Health Deviations, Principles of Pharmacology, Nursing Care of the Adult with Health Deviations, and Community and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.

A Range of Clinical Options

Undergraduates at SACN can choose from clinical experiences in over 20 different settings, including OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Walter Lawson's Children's Home, and the Singer Mental Health and Development Center. Undergraduates are introduced to clinical concepts and safety procedures at the newly opened skills lab with SIM man at Guilford Square and the fully equipped Health Assessment Lab on the main campus.

The SACN B.S.N. program provides students with a broad spectrum of experiences, along with communication, humanistic, critical thinking, scientific, and leadership skills, which are required of today's medical professionals.

Admissions Requirements for SACN

Undergraduate applicants at Saint Anthony College of Nursing must submit an application for admission, provide official college or university transcripts, and have completed at least 32 of the 64 required prerequisite courses. Students at SACN must also have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale; submit 3 acceptable professional letters of recommendation, including one from a current or recent college instructor; pass a pre-admission test; participate in a personal interview; and complete a written statement of personal, professional, career, and educational goals.

Costs and Financial Aid

Qualified students at Saint Anthony College of Nursing may receive financial aid via scholarships, grants, private loans, and federal financial aid through FAFSA.

SACN alumni provide over 40 named scholarships for the Legacy Endowment Fund, including the Carole A. Mounier Scholarship and the Frank J. Lewis Foundation Scholarship. Other scholarships provided by SACN include the Advanced Association of Colleges of Nursing Scholarship, the Center for Rural Health Scholarship, and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Students may also apply for the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (NELRP), which repays 60 percent of the qualifying loan balance of accepted RNs in exchange for 2 years of service at a critical shortage facility.

Location & Contact

5658 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61108-2468

Ms.Nancy Sanders

Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs

Phone: 815-395-5100
Fax: 815-395-2275

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied
    • Accepted
    • Acceptance Rate
    • Enrolled146
    • Female Applicants
    • Females Accepted
    • Female Acceptance Rate
    • Male Applicants
    • Males Accepted
    • Male Acceptance Rate
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer August 15th September 30th --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$22,144
    • Out-of-state tuition *$22,144
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$746.00
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred paymentsDeferred payments and Installments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students146
    • Male Student Percentage10%
    • Female Student Percentage90%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/LatinoNot Reported
    • Black or African AmericanNot Reported
    • White or CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian or Alaska NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students4% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available No
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Not Reported
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing Not Reported
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper No
    • Drama / theater group No
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups No
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Yes
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Organization
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Not Reported
    • Other Not Reported


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty15
    • Full-time Percentage80%
    • Part-time Percentage20%
    • Female Percentage93%
    • Male Percentage7%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio9:1 or 138 students to 14 faculty




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