SACN-students.jpg The college has developed and grown by offering high-quality instruction and valuable learning experiences at excellent clinical facilities, and is highly respected for the outstanding educational preparation, professionalism, and compassion of its graduates.

We are a small, private college that fosters close relationships between the community and students, faculty, staff and health care providers.

The college transitioned from a diploma school to a baccalaureate degree-granting college in 1990, offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program. The college launched a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program in 2006.

In 2008 the college expanded to a second site at 698 Featherstone Road, Rockford, Illinois, and in 2014 launched the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

In summer 2017, the college moved its main campus to a new health sciences building located on the Rock Valley Community College Campus, 3301 N. Mulford Road .

Message from the President

Hello Students! Welcome to St. Anthony College of Nursing!               Dr. Aaron.jpg

I am excited to about the 2023 academic year, as I join St. Anthony’s College of Nursing as the new President, as you are beginning your new academic year at the college of nursing. I am committed to leading and fostering a diverse, vibrant, and innovative learning community. The faculty and staff are top-notch and passionate about nursing education, and dedicated to your success.

You have made an excellent choice in St. Anthony’s College of Nursing which was formed 117 years ago based on the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis’ commitment to educate healthcare workers to serve the larger community. As a Catholic College, we embrace an employ the values of justice, respect, human dignity, sacredness of life, compassion, and service. We value our excellent academic programs, high academic standards, outstanding simulation labs, clinical partnerships, and a student -centered focus. The college also has an abundance of co-curricular activities to engage in while you pursue your degree.

The catalog contains information about the College’s programs, courses, requirements, and policies. Additionally, information about counselling, library services, learning centers, financial aid, and academic support services are included. Program Deans and Advisors will assist you in the planning and facilitation of your nursing courses, and have a vested interest in you achieving academic success.

Our team of administrators, faculty, and staff at St. Anthony’s College are determined to ensure you achieve your academic goals.  Nursing is a career that allows for personal growth, advancement, and vast variety in specialization. It is an exciting time in nursing education to develop the next generation of healthcare leaders, and I am very proud and honored to become the President of OSF Colleges of Nursing.


Dr. Charlene S. Aaron


OSF Colleges of Nursing