• Saint Anthony College of Nursing (SACN)

    Saint Anthony College of Nursing (SACN) offers accredited BSN, RN to BSN, MSN, DNP, BSN to DNP, and MSN to DNP degree nursing programs including programs in CNL, NP, and post-graduate education.

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    • Accreditations CCNE Accredited
    • Location Rockford, Illinois
    • Programs BSN, DNP, MSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN-to-DNP, CNL, CNS, NP, BSN-to-DNP, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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    In 1915, Saint Anthony College of Nursing (SACN) was founded. It is a private, non-profit, Catholic college.


    • High School Early Entry
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
    • BSN Student-At-Large
    • BSN Current RN (RN-BSN)

    High School Early Entry Admission (not all inclusive)

    To apply for acceptance, students must have completed at least seven (7) semesters of high school with a minimum 3.25 GPA and at least 2.5 years of high school science.

    • Application for Admission with appropriate fee
    • Official transcripts from high school
    • Satisfactory completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) pre-admission testing
    • Any other required academic verification as requested by SACN

    BSN Admission (not all inclusive)

    SACN students are admitted as juniors for the nursing program. Students complete prerequisites before their junior year. Students can complete the prerequisites at another college.

    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities
    • Completion of at least 32 out of the 64 required prerequisite credits
    • Completion of at least one acceptable course in a college-level anatomy & physiology, Microbiology, or Chemistry and a minimum GPA for those science courses of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
    • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
    • Must sign up for and complete the TEAS pre-admission test

    RN-BSN Admission (not all inclusive)

    This program is for nurses who currently hold an RN license in Illinois (associate degree or diploma nurses) and have a desire a BSN degree. This core nursing course program can be completed within 18 months.

    • Application for admission with application fee
    • RN license in the state in which clinical experiences are performed
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended showing ADN/AAS degree with minimum "C" in all courses used for transfer from a regionally accredited college or university
    • General ED courses taken while enrolled in RN to BSN must be completed before graduation
    • No grade below a "C" may be transferred

    BSN/RN-BSN Student-at-Large (SAL) Admission (not all inclusive)

    Student-at-Large status may apply if they wish to enroll in courses non-pursuant to a degree.  If the student is accepted as a SAL status, it does not guarantee admission into the degree program.  Students must apply to the BSN or RN-BSN degree program to be part of the program.


    • MSN - Clinical Nurse Leader
    • MSN - Clinical Nurse Specialist
    • MSN - Undecided
    • MSN - Student-At-Large
    • MSN - Nurse Educator
    • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
    • MSN - Adult/Gero Primary Care NP
    • Post Master's Certificate - Family Nurse Practitioner
    • DNP - Adult/Gero CNS (Post-Baccalaureate)
    • DNP - Adult/Gero CNS (Post Master's)
    • DNP - Adult/Gero PCNP (Post Baccalaureate)
    • DNP - Adult/Gero PCNP (Post Master's)
    • DNP - FNP (Post Baccalaureate)
    • DNP - FNP (Post Master's)
    • DNP - Leader in Macro/Micro Healthcare System)
    • DNP - Student-At-Large

    The graduate programs lead to an MSN or DNP and are designed for the part-time student. The programs build upon the concepts of a BSN. Students choose a specific specialty and are trained to move forward with it after completing their MSN.

    Classes are held in a hybrid format and faculty focuses on students, providing individualized attention.

    Graduate Admission (not all inclusive)

    • Minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale
    • Application and non-refundable fee
    • Current resume
    • Unencumbered RN or APN (if applicable) license(s)
    • Statement of professional, educational, and career goals 
    • Three professional letters of recommendation
    • Description of activities representing service to others
    • Criminal background check, drug screening, health history, immunization status

    Approval and Accreditation

    The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) approved the Saint Anthony College of Nursing to grant the baccalaureate and master’s degrees.

    Saint Anthony College of Nursing is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the BSN and MSN degree programs at Saint Anthony College of Nursing.


    Registerednursing.org ranked Saint Anthony College of Nursing (SACN) as one of the top 20 RN programs in Illinois.

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