George Williams College

Nursing (BSN)

Why study Nursing?

The profession of nursing is changing rapidly. Nurses are the leaders of the healthcare field, and in many communities, they are on the front lines of health care when people get sick. Modern nursing goes beyond the hospital and doctor’s office. Nurses are everywhere. They work in patient homes, public health clinics, corporate wellness departments, research labs, long-term care facilities, schools, medical flight firms, and the military. Nurses also play a big role in educating the public and addressing the social and economic causes of health issues.

Why study Nursing at GWC?

AU has one Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in two locations: the AU main campus in Aurora, Illinois, and George Williams College of Aurora University campus in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. The nursing curriculum is the same on both campuses. Students take the same nursing courses regardless of location.

Aurora University’s Nursing program is one of the most respected in the region. The program prepares you to take the NCLEX-RN, a nationwide examination for the licensing of registered nurses. After graduation from the School of Nursing, you must pass the NCLEX-RN examination to become licensed as a registered nurse.

At George Williams College of Aurora University, you can begin nursing classes immediately in your first year. That's unlike many other colleges that require you to wait until your sophomore or junior year to begin taking classes in the subject.

You will work closely with dedicated faculty in GWC’s state-of-the-art nursing and simulation labs to develop the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in the ever-changing health care environment. You will apply those skills and gain hands-on experience as part of your clinical rotations, learning from experienced nursing faculty.

Following graduation, you will be prepared to enter the workforce as a baccalaureate-trained nurse, a highly recruited position in today’s health care market. You will also be ready to take your nursing license exam, a requirement to get your first job in nursing.

AU has been preparing students for careers in nursing since 1947. Today nursing is among the most highly respected careers. Registered nurses make up the largest contingent of the health care workforce – far more than doctors. And they make a good living.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Aurora University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

TO: Aurora University Community
FROM: Jan Strom PhD, MPH, RN
Dean, School of Nursing
DATE: February 1, 2020
RE: Call for Third-Party Comments Regarding the Re-Accreditation of Aurora University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program

The Aurora University School of Nursing is undergoing a re-accreditation process for its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program. The on-site evaluation team from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) will be on campus April 15, 2020 through April 17, 2020, to conduct an on-site evaluation of the program.

In accordance with CCNE’s procedures, the Commission provides the opportunity for program constituents and other interested parties to submit, in writing, third-party comments concerning the BSN degree program’s qualifications for re-accreditation. Written third-party comments regarding the BSN degree program are to be received by CCNE no later than March 25, 2020. Only signed comments are accepted by CCNE. CCNE shares third-party comments with
members of the on-site evaluation team prior to the visit, but at no time during the review process are these comments shared with the program. During its review of the program, the evaluation team considers third-party comments that relate to the accreditation standards. All third-party comments submitted to CCNE must be written in English, consistent with CCNE's policy on Conduct of Business in English.

If you would like to submit a third-party comment for Aurora University’s BSN program, please submit to

If you prefer, mail comments may be sent to:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

Thank you for your attention to this opportunity to provide feedback about the qualifications of
Aurora University’s BSN degree program for re-accreditation by CCNE.

For 18 consecutive years, Americans have rated nurses as the No. 1 most ethical and honest profession. Gallup Poll 2019
In Our Own Words

In Our Own Words: Nursing School Dean Jan Strom on what to expect as a nursing student

As a nurse, you have people’s lives in your hands. And that really matters. At GWC, students have an opportunity to discover how to help families and communities improve their health. In addition to taking science courses, students hone their nursing skills in a state-of-the-art simulation lab and get hands on experience in clinical settings.





Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Curriculum Highlights
  • Anatomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Leadership
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychology
Campus Opportunities
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Honor Society of Nursing
  • Student Nurses Association, AU Chapter
  • American Association for Men in Nursing, AU Chapter
  • AU Science Organization
  • Healthcare Professionals of the Future
Nearly nine out of 10 employers surveyed strongly prefer to hire new nurses with a bachelor of science in nursing degree. American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Experiential learning

Experiential learning

Nursing students gain hands-on experience at our high-fidelity simulation laboratory. In the lab, you will work with a human patient simulator that mimics the situations you will face every day as a practitioner. Students also take part in clinical experiences at hospitals, clinics, and community health settings. Throughout your degree program, your professors will work with you in your clinical experiences to best prepare you for professional practice. They will serve as your nurse mentor.

Nursing Lab Virtual Tour

Career possibilities

  • Community mental health specialist
  • Correctional health facilitator
  • Critical care nurse
  • Disaster relief nurse
  • Family healthcare/nursing
  • Infection control/epidemiology nurse
  • Maternal/Child nurse
  • Medical/Surgical nurse
  • Occupational health nurse
  • Oncology nurse
  • Public health nurse
  • Rehabilitation nurse
  • Transcultural nursing
  • Trauma/Emergency department nurse

Where our graduates work

  • Amita Health Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale
  • Amita Health Mercy Medical Center Aurora
  • Amita Health St. Joseph Hospital Elgin
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Edward Hospital
  • Hillside Rehab & Care Center
  • Illinois Youth Center
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital
  • Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Rush Copley Medical Center