West Suburban College of Nursing was established as the West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing in 1914. At that time, the college offered only a diploma nursing program. It began offering baccalaureate programs in 1982. The college was incorporated into the state on January 23, 1981 and is located in Oak Park, Illinois. The name of the college is often abbreviated as WSCN. West Suburban College of Nursing offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing and health informatics management.
West Suburban College of Nursing is home to many student organizations and clubs including the Student Government Organization. The college offers numerous scholarships to eligible students. Some of them include Chancellor’s Scholarships, Ethel Fearing Brown Memorial Scholarship, Cathryn M. Johnson Scholarship, and Lucille W. Saxon Scholarship.
The College currently confers two degrees:
- The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
A Bachelor of Science degree in Health Informatics and Information Management (BSHIIM) will be granted when the first class of HIIM students complete all degree requirements.
Students may apply for admission to the BSN degree after earning 31 semester hours of liberal arts and science requirements inclusive of anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and microbiology. The college accepts transfer students from any community college or university that uses the Illinois articulation Initiative (www.itransfer.org) as a guideline for the prerequisite liberal arts & science courses.
West Suburban College of Nursing is owned and operated by West Suburban Medical Center, part of Resurrection Health Care. Nursing courses are offered at the college campus, located within West Suburban Medical Center, in Oak Park, Illinois. West Suburban Medical Center is a sophisticated hospital with clinics and specialty care centers.
Resurrection Health Care is composed of:
- 8 Hospitals (>2,000 beds)
- 2 Immediate Care Facilities
- 8 Skilled Nursing Facilities (>1,000 beds)
- 4 Retirement Homes
- 2 Home Health Offices
- 4 Behavioral Health Centers
- 2 Outpatient Surgery Centers
- Approximately 50 Community Clinics, Outpatient Clinics, & Medical Office Locations
Students readily have access to clinical facilities in the system and throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. These health-care facilities provide for enriched clinical experiences. Approximately 270 students are enrolled in the undergraduate nursing program. The student body is predominately drawn from the Chicago area, although enrollment from other parts of the tri-state area, and the nation, is not unusual.