Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences is dedicated to preparing health care professionals for the global community.


Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences incorporates innovative teaching and learning strategies in the development of health care professionals who promote the health of individuals, families, and communities. A Trinity education emphasizes best practices, clinical reasoning, artful delivery of culturally competent health care and lifelong learning.


  • Best Practices: Trinity College is committed to excellence in academics, patient care and quality outcomes based on best practices.
  • Caring: Trinity College is dedicated to educating students who care for others with compassion and respect.
  • Diversity: Trinity College embraces diversity and promotes culturally congruent care.
  • Integrity: Trinity College faculty, staff and students adhere to professional codes and ethical standards in education and health care.
  • Lifelong Learning: Trinity College promotes the acquisition of professional knowledge and a commitment to lifelong learning.

Learning Domains/Related Competencies

  • Knowledge
    • Ability to examine and explain phenomena
    • Ability to construct and organize knowledge
    • Ability to integrate and synthesize knowledge
    • Ability to apply quantitative and qualitative concepts
  • Proficiency
    • Ability to solve practical problems
    • Ability to collaborate with multiple disciplines
    • Ability to communicate effectively
    • Ability to practice competently and skillfully in a changing health care environment
  • Culture Care Values
    • Ability to preserve/maintain cultural identities
    • Ability to accommodate/negotiate diverse life ways
    • Ability to re-pattern/restructure health care delivery methods
    • Ability to apply ethical and legal principles to health care

Strategic Plan

Trinity College’s Strategic plan is built on six pillars which represent the vision for the future. Each pillar stands alone but is aligned and integrated with the others to support the mission, vision, and values of the College. The pillars are:
  1. Quality and Service: Setting the standard for excellence in health care education
  2. Student-Driven: Preparing students for the changing health care environment
  3. Growth: Building upon a foundation of success
  4. Financial Effectiveness: Paving the way for a strong financial future
  5. Faculty and Staff: Developing a collaborative learning community
  6. Community Engagement: Creating an environment of civic and cultural engagement

Our History

The history of Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences can be traced back to 1898 when the Moline Public School of Nursing opened its doors with two students; 1899 when St. Anthony’s Hospital School of Nursing opened its doors with four students; and 1916 when the Lutheran Hospital and its School for Nurses opened its doors to serve students interested in the field of nursing. In the late 1930’s advances were made in the medical community and these three hospitals and their respective schools of nursing served Quad City residents.

In 1951 St. Anthony’s opened the first radiography certificate program followed a year later by both Moline Public and Lutheran Hospitals. These early radiography programs consisted of 18-months of X-Ray Technology coursework at the hospital and a six-month internship leading to a certificate.

In 1959 Lutheran Hospital started the school of inhalation therapy, which later became known as Respiratory Therapy and today is known as the field of Respiratory Care.

In 1961 Moline Public Hospital began educating surgical technologists, which continued as a tradition until 2011 when the program was discontinued by Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences.

In 1972 Moline Public Hospital began educating EMS providers, which continued as a tradition until 2011 when the program was discontinued by Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences.

In 1989 Moline Public and Lutheran Hospitals merged to become United Medical Center, and in approximately 1992, United Medical Center merged with the renamed St. Anthony’s Hospital to become Trinity Medical Center.

As the affiliated schools grew and merged over the years, the nursing and allied health programs combined, formally creating Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences.

Awarded candidacy status from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1996, Trinity College was awarded full accreditation status in 1998. Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences is also accredited by its professional accrediting organizations in nursing, radiology, and respiratory care.

Currently the College has the following programs: Associate of Science Degree in Nursing, Associate of Applied Science in Radiography, Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has three tracks: BSN-Accelerated for those who hold a baccalaureate degree in another discipline, BSN-Basic for those beginning their nursing careers, and BSN-C for those who wish to pursue an RN-BSN completion program. In August 2012 the College received approval from the Illinois Board of Higher Education to offer the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and the Master of Science in Nursing. In May 2013, the College received approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and the Master of Science in Nursing. These two degree programs will begin fall 2013.

Trinity College of Nursing is situated at 2122 25th Avenue in Rock Island, Illinois adjacent to Unity Point Health, Trinity.

Unity Point Health, Trinity is a subset of Unity Point Health, which is part of Unity Point Health, Iowa’s largest health care system.

Unity Point Health, Trinity has always recognized its responsibility to prepare health professionals who provide quality health care to patients in western Illinois and eastern Iowa. The Trinity College Governing Board along with the Board of Directors at Unity Point Health, Trinity take great pride in supporting an accredited college that provides top programs that are in the forefront of nursing and health sciences education.

Learning First

Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences provides a student-centered environment where the focus is on learning. The Learning First concept supports activities that sponsor learning techniques which actively engage the student for intellectual growth and professional maturity.

The College is a leader and innovator in continual quality improvement, engaging in dialogue with students and practitioners to guide curricula formation and adoption. This process is ongoing as the needs of the health care community are continually changing. The global economy and diversity of people also place new demands on higher education. Therefore, students at the College are introduced to the theory and practice of transcultural health care.

Three major domains of learning – knowledge, proficiency, and culture care values – are assessed throughout each program and provide the foundation for the evaluation of both student and College performance. In support of the College mission of incorporating innovative technology and learning strategies in the development of health care professionals, each student is encouraged to be actively involved in educational planning and evaluation.