=Images= | History - Study GroupSaint Anthony College of Nursing, Rockford, Illinois, is a Baccalaureate and Master degree-granting institution recognized throughout Rockford and surrounding communities for its excellence in nursing education. Saint Anthony College of Nursing and its predecessor, Saint Anthony Medical Center School of Nursing, have been preparing students for the profession of nursing for over 90 years.

Saint Anthony School of Nursing was established in 1915 under the auspices of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis of East Peoria, Illinois. Since its inception, the school has developed and grown through high quality instruction and valuable learning experiences at excellent clinical facilities, first as a diploma program and later as a degree-granting college. Throughout the years the program has been highly respected for the professional quality and Christian characteristics of its graduates.

In 1986, philosophical changes in nursing education, as well as changes in the health delivery system, guided administration and faculty in the decision to research and plan toward the formation of a baccalaureate degree-granting college. After receiving approval from the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the College was approved by the State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. In May 1991 Saint Anthony Medical Center School of Nursing graduated its last diploma class. In August of 1990, Saint Anthony College of Nursing admitted its first class of nine students. Saint Anthony College of Nursing was accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association in August 1994. In 1996 Saint Anthony College of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing program was accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).  In October 2003, the Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Saint Anthony College of Nursing was accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

Striving for excellence in nursing education, this upper-division baccalaureate nursing program integrates Christian ideals, values, and practices, while building on a broad foundation of general education courses in the humanities and sciences.

Saint Anthony College of Nursing offers the last two years of a 4-year bachelor of science in nursing degree. These last two years build on the broad base of two academic years (64 semester hours) transferred from another regionally accredited college or university. To this end, cooperative agreements have been reached with several of the community colleges in the area.

In response to national trends and health care demands, the College implemented an additional degree program, a Master of Science in Nursing, in August 2006.  This program, designed for the part-time student to complete within three years, will lead to a Master of Science in Nursing degree for nurse educators, clinical nurse leaders and clinical nurse specialists in adult health concepts. For more information on the MSN program click here.