Frequently Asked Questions

Northwest Suburban College is a non-profit local health sciences college located in suburban Rolling Meadows, IL. We are a single-minded about our mission as educators: to graduate students in science and healthcare, within a 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. Undergraduate classes are offered on a trimester basis.

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. 

  1. We currently offer an Associate of Science degree in biology, and other programs of study: Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant and Pharmacy Technician within our Allied Health Science Division, all of which require at least a GED or high school graduation.
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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.  For instance, the Associates of Science program can be completed within four trimesters, or one year and four months.  

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 a week. For more information, feel free to call our admissions department at 847-290-6425 or visit our campus at 5999 S. New Wilke Road Suit#500, Rolling Meadows, IL.  60008

Our programs are accelerated and range from 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:108-115. or complete our online application. You can make an appointment to visit our admissions department on campus at 5999 New Wilke Road, 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 Department is available to assist prospective and current students about financial information. They will sit down with you and go over all options that are available to you. Please keep in mind that Financial Aid is available to those who apply and qualify. For more information or further questions, please contact our Financial Aid Department at 847-290-6425.

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 of tuition includes the graduation fee, Healthcare Training, CPR, OSHA and HIPAA. Depending on the program two sets of scrubs, books and a 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 faculty upon request.