Student Achievement at NWSC

Retention and Graduation. To succeed, students must persist in their studies throughout the length of their academic program, so retention of students from one semester to the next is an important indicator of student persistence. Ultimately, if students complete all requirements and achieve the learning goals of the program, then they may graduate. Here are the past two years’ data on student retention and graduation, by program:

2017/2018 Retention Placement
MA 88.6% 76%
DA 100% 88.9%
PHT 70% 68%
*Data not yet available. Course work still in progress.

Employment and Advanced Study. Students enrolled in NWSC either seek immediate job placement after completing their programs or choose to go on for advanced study. The College provides support from its Career Services office to all students and is proud of its record in helping students find appropriate and rewarding placement. Here are some approximate figures for placement in a position directly related to their studies within six months of program completion for allied health students:

Student Learning Goals. NWSC has identified clearly its key learning goals for students in each of its programs, and systematically assesses student achievement to assure that its goals are being achieved, and uses this data to improve its programs, courses, and teaching techniques.

Certificate Programs

Below are the key goals for each certificate and degree program that NWSC offers.:

A. Upon completion of the medical assistant certificate program, the student should be able to:

  • perform duties as a multifunctional member of a healthcare team  (Medical Assistant) by providing valuable service and support.
  • develop administrative and clinical competencies required for a rapidly changing environment in a variety of healthcare settings, including but not limited to doctors’ offices, laboratories, free standing clinics, and hospitals.
  • join the workforce as a trained multiscale professional who can fulfill many roles in a modern-day healthcare environment and use the training as an entry to opportunities for advancement in healthcare (certificate/degree), professional growth, and personal satisfaction.
  • obtain administrative competencies, clinical skills, and hands-on externship training per the standards and guidelines recommended by the American Association of Medical Assistants.

B. Upon completion of the dental assistant certificate program, the student should be able to:

  • work under the direct supervision of a practicing dentist and qualify for the title of Dental Assistant, performing all tasks required in a dental office.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the standards of care chairside assisting; proper use of dental instruments; and in exposing, processing, and monitoring radiographs.
  • demonstrate knowledge of disinfection, sterilization, infection control, handling and disposing of hazardous materials and sharps; mixing techniques of laboratory materials, tray setups, and assistance in chairside restorative procedures.
  • demonstrate the use of instruments and sequential procedures of orthodontic treatments.

C. Upon completion of the pharmacy technician certificate program, the student should be able to:

  • work under the direct supervision of a pharmacist and qualify for the title of Pharmacy
  • Technician, Assistant Pharmacist, Lead Pharmacy Technician, or Research & Development (R & D) Pharmacy Technician.
  • practice best customer service, communicate effectively, and perform all tasks required in a pharmacy.
  • follow proper infection control procedures relevant to healthcare safety, including hazardous products, waste, and controlled substances.
  • follow standard procedures of ordering, receiving, and storing drugs; operating common equipment; and recognizing the pharmacy technician’s general role in the delivery of healthcare.

Assessment of Student Academic Achievement.  Assessing student achievement on these goals is an ongoing commitment of NWSC. Results will be published on the website.

Other Useful Websites with information about NWSC’s effectiveness:

College Navigator – Link to information about Northwest Suburban College on the website maintained by the US Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics. Or click NCES for another link to this information. (The US Department of Education derives the information posted on its website from annual reports that institutions submit to its Integrated Post-Secondary Data System (IPEDS).