Experts predict that Wisconsin and Illinois will require an ever-growing number of nurses in the decades ahead. Aurora University and George Williams College are committed to helping to meet this need through our innovative BSN programs.

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At GWC, the student nursing experience relies upon group and individual learning experiences to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to succeed in tomorrow’s ever-changing health care environment.

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Qualified students are admitted directly into the GWC nursing program and are guaranteed placement in clinical settings provided progression standards are met. In order to continue in the nursing program, students must complete key science and nursing courses with grades of “C” or better and must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher.

As a second campus of Aurora University, the BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


We know that the nurse of the future must work effectively in a team of health care providers to assure the optimal patient experience. The GWC educational environment is designed to encourage mutual feedback and support among students and faculty.

Nurses must think and act quickly. Our distinctive teaching environment at GWC is designed to engage students in active learning that replicates real-world practice settings.

Our new, state-of-the-art nursing labs provide student nurses and faculty with cutting-edge learning and teaching environments.

Nursing Skills and Simulation Labs at George Williams College of Aurora University

The simulation laboratory is a high-tech resource that allows students to experience a vast array of health care challenges. Here high-fidelity medical simulation manikins of all ages called “Sims” function as live patients, responding in real time to the care administered by student nurses. We even have a pregnant female adult that can simulate the birthing process.

Nurses must think and act quickly. Our distinctive teaching environment at GWC is designed to engage students in active learning that replicates real-world practice settings

The nursing skills laboratory, developed to resemble a hospital care setting, includes low-fidelity simulation manikins. Here nursing students master basic skills, from starting at IV to administering medication to monitoring vital signs. Future additions to the labs include recording equipment, which will allow students and their instructors to review and debrief immediately upon completion of exercises.


On our main campus in Aurora, Illinois, AU has a long history of preparing highly-qualified graduates for leadership in a variety of health care settings. Our BSN program is known for excellence and an outstanding pass rate of 97% on the NCLEX* exam.

The university’s new BSN program at George Williams College will merge our existing strengths with an innovative new approach to nursing education. From our holistic admission process to our collaborative approach to teaching, the GWC nursing program is designed to nurture student success.

* National Council Licensure Examination or NCLEX is the standardized test used nationwide to determine whether candidates are prepared for entry-level nursing practice. The pass rate for 2016 was 97%.


The admission process for our new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program reflects the GWC emphasis on holistic learning. Our goal is to assess each applicant’s unique qualifications for direct admission to the GWC nursing major based on consideration of the following:

  • Individual characteristics, including commitment to helping others and integrity
  • Academic metrics, including high school record and test scores
  • Recommendations from teachers, counselors, employers and health care professionals
  • Co-curricular, work, volunteer and life experiences.
  • Honors, awards and accolades

GWC nursing and recruitment professionals don’t use a formula to determine admission status. Instead our goal is to consider each applicant as an individual with the potential to contribute to the betterment of our distinctive learning environment and the profession itself.


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