Frequently Asked Questions

Northwest Suburban College is a nonprofit local health sciences college, located in suburban Rolling Meadows, IL. We are single-minded about our mission as educators: to graduate students in science and healthcare, within an accelerated time frame, focusing on high quality academics and building applicable skills through hands-on learning. Our affordable programs are offered to prepare students for employment in high-demand fields. In most programs, classes are conveniently offered every month.

Our typical students are non-traditional, adult learners seeking new employment opportunities, re-entry into the workforce, a career change or growth prospects in their current industry.  

We are keenly aware of the challenges faced by many first generation students, minorities and individuals looking to re-enter the work force, including financial hurdles. Our philosophy centers on breaking down barriers to education and related employment, graduation on time with as little debt as possible. 

We currently offer Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant and Pharmacy Technician within our School of Allied Health Sciences, all of which require at least a GED or proof of high school graduation.

 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm; 

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm; 

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm

According to the CLASP, Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success,  “non-traditional” students are expected to grow more than twice as fast as traditional students from 2012 to 2022. Today, the barriers to an education are many including the inability to commit to a 4-year-traditional university. At NWSC, we understand the unique needs of our students and provide alternatives to a traditional college education. We offer an affordable, quality education over shorter durations, in high-demand fields.

Our low student-teacher ratio ensures an almost customized educational experience, where students build a strong network of professional ties with faculty, advisors and peers

Our programs are financially accessible and made even more so through scholarships and financial aid. 

In most programs, classes are conveniently offered every month and you can be admitted in as little as three days. For more information, feel free to call our Admissions Office at 847-290-6425 or visit our campus at 5999 S. New Wilke Road, Bldg. 500, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Our programs are accelerated and range between three to six months plus externship, depending on the program of study.

Similar to most institutions, whether credits are transferable is decided by the receiving institution. We advise you to consult the transferring university.

The completion of a High School Diploma or its equivalency, a background check, proof of immunizations and a non-refundable enrollment fee of $300.00 payable with a signed Enrollment Agreement Form. An entrance exam might be required for some programs.  

You are entering into the medical field and will be surrounded by patients that need your assistance and health care services. Being immunized is a form of protection for them as well as yourself.

You can apply to Northwest Suburban College by calling our Admissions Department at 847-290-6425, ext:108 or 115. You may also complete our online application. You can make an appointment to visit our admissions department on campus at 5999 S. New Wilke Road, Bldg# 500, Rolling Meadows, IL.  

There is no application fee but, if you decide to enroll, there is a $300.00 (non-refundable) enrollment fee. 

Yes, the Financial Aid Office is available to assist prospective and current students with financial information.

Northwest Suburban College believes in and strives for providing affordable education for each one of its students who are deserving and are willing to work hard to make a difference in their lives through education. Although the cost of a college education at NWSC is relatively low, many students need and receive financial aid. NWSC offers financial aid assistance for truly deserving students who are eager to pursue a career in the field of allied health sciences and demonstrate need for the financial assistance.

Students interested in institutional aid must complete the Institutional Financial Aid Application and submit it along with proof of income (copy of the past year’s tax documents, pay stubs, bank statements, or W-2 form) to the Financial Aid office. Students are encouraged to complete and submit the application along with the application for admission.

For more information or further questions, please contact our Financial Aid Office at (847) 290-6425 Ex. 107

The tuition cost can range from $2,221.00 to $9,534.00 depending upon the program of study. Please note, tuition is subject to change and notice of these changes will be communicated in an addendum to the catalog.

Our programs are competitively priced. Besides the program, the cost includes the graduation fee, healthcare training in CPR, OSHA and HIPAA. Depending on the program, two sets of scrubs, textbooks and a medical kit will be provided. 

No institution can guarantee job placement, but we do provide excellent career services and training to our students to help prepare for the interview process. Our many externships also introduce our students to institutions that could potentially hire them provided there is an opportunity.

In most programs, classes are conveniently offered every month.

Not at this time. Depending upon the class, students have the option to attend during the day, evening or weekend on a full-time basis.

Tutoring is available by our faculty upon request. 

Northwest Suburban College is approved by the Private Business and Vocational Schools Division of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE:PBVS) for its allied health programs. The College is also an approved testing site for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) for each of its applicable allied programs.

The College was accredited in August 2014 through the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). However, effective November 16, 2017, NWSC is no longer accredited by ACICS and NWSC is currently pursuing alternative institutional accreditation.