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Nursing Schools in Illinois

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Current students and college-bound students can quickly research a complete list of accredited nursing schools in Illinois with our information technology and school data listed below. As you collect information, you will want to keep in mind the best career pathways, degree options, learning modalities, and best nursing school in Illinois for you. All are very personal decisions which require analysis and introspection to arrive at a sound decision. Nursing degree program include graduate-level degrees (MSN, PhD, DNSc), undergraduate degrees (LPN to BSN, ADN, BSN, Second Degree BSN), and certificate programs (graduate and undergraduate). With an ever-expanding number of degree programs available, you can study to become an RN or a more specialized field like nursing administration or pediatric nursing. After earning your respective degree in nursing, you will need to pass the standardized nursing examination NCLEX plus apply for a license from the Illinois board of nursing. Collect an array of information from schools that fit your career goals with MatchCollege today and make the most of your time and resources.

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Top Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Programs in Illinois By Number of Graduates

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) programs usually take 9 - 12 months to complete and you would have to pass a licensing exam prior to being licensed in the state. Schools listed below are sorted by the number of LPN program students enrolled.

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College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL LPN cod.edu
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Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL LPN
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Capital Area School of Practical Nursing Springfield, IL LPN caspn.edu
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Elgin Community College Elgin, IL LPN elgin.edu
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City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College Chicago, IL LPN ccc.edu
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Ambria College of Nursing Hoffman Estates, IL LPN ambria.edu
John A Logan College Carterville, IL LPN jalc.edu
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Danville Area Community College Danville, IL LPN dacc.edu
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Career Center of Southern Illinois Red Bud, IL LPN
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Kaskaskia College Centralia, IL LPN kaskaskia.edu
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Carl Sandburg College Galesburg, IL LPN
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Olney Central College - Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Olney, IL LPN iecc.edu
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Southeastern Illinois College Harrisburg, IL LPN sic.edu
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Shawnee Community College Ullin, IL LPN
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Lake Land College Mattoon, IL LPN cc.il.us
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Black Hawk College Moline, IL LPN bhc.edu
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John Wood Community College Quincy, IL LPN jwcc.edu
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Harper College Palatine, IL LPN harpercollege.edu
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Illinois Central College East Peoria, IL LPN icc.edu
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Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills, IL LPN morainevalley.edu
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Top Associate Level Registered Nurse (RN) Programs in Illinois By Number of Graduates

The minimum degree requirement to become a Registered Nurse is to obtain an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) or Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree, which usually takes about 2 years to complete. You would also have to pass the NCLEX-RN exam prior to being state licensed. Schools listed below are sorted by the number of students enrolled in the program.

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City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S Truman College Chicago, IL ADN-RN ccc.edu
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Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL ADN-RN
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Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey, IL ADN-RN
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Harper College Palatine, IL ADN-RN harpercollege.edu
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Elgin Community College Elgin, IL ADN-RN elgin.edu
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Lincoln Land Community College Springfield, IL ADN-RN
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Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL ADN-RN oakton.edu
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Olney Central College - Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Olney, IL ADN-RN iecc.edu
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City Colleges of Chicago - Richard J Daley College Chicago, IL ADN-RN ccc.edu
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College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL ADN-RN cod.edu
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College of Lake County Grayslake, IL ADN-RN
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Kaskaskia College Centralia, IL ADN-RN kaskaskia.edu
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Morton College Cicero, IL ADN-RN
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Illinois Valley Community College Oglesby, IL ADN-RN ivcc.edu
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Parkland College Champaign, IL ADN-RN parkland.edu
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Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills, IL ADN-RN morainevalley.edu
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Illinois Central College East Peoria, IL ADN-RN icc.edu
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John A Logan College Carterville, IL ADN-RN jalc.edu
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Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove, IL ADN-RN waubonsee.edu
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City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College Chicago, IL ADN-RN ccc.edu
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Top Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Programs in Illinois By Number of Graduates

See the top schools offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. A BSN program usually takes 4 years to complete, and a licensing exam (NCLEX) is also required. Some of these schools may also offer a RN to BSN bridge programs. The top 10 schools listed below are sorted by the number of students enrolled in their BSN program.

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Chamberlain College of Nursing - Addison Campus Addison, IL BSN chamberlain.edu
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Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais, IL BSN olivet.edu
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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL BSN siue.edu
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Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL BSN luc.edu
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Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL BSN niu.edu
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University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL BSN
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Illinois State University Normal, IL BSN illinoisstate.edu
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Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing Peoria, IL BSN sfmccon.edu
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Resurrection University Chicago, IL BSN resu.edu
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Lewis University Romeoville, IL BSN lewisu.edu
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Benedictine University Lisle, IL BSN
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Aurora University Aurora, IL BSN aurora.edu
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Lakeview College of Nursing Danville, IL BSN lakeviewcol.edu
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Methodist College Peoria, IL BSN methodistcol.edu
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Saint Xavier University Chicago, IL BSN
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University of St Francis Joliet, IL BSN stfrancis.edu
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North Park University Chicago, IL BSN northpark.edu
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McKendree University Lebanon, IL BSN mckendree.edu
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Saint Anthony College of Nursing Rockford, IL BSN sacn.edu
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Bradley University Peoria, IL BSN bradley.edu
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Top Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Programs in Illinois By Number of Graduates

Getting your Master of Science in Nursing will take about 5-7 years from start to finish. You would still need to take a exam prior to being fully licensed to practice in the state. The schools listed below are sorted by the number of students enrolled in their Master's program.

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Chamberlain College of Nursing - Addison Campus Addison, IL MSN chamberlain.edu
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Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais, IL MSN olivet.edu
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DePaul University Chicago, IL MSN depaul.edu
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University of St Francis Joliet, IL MSN stfrancis.edu
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Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing Peoria, IL MSN sfmccon.edu
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Resurrection University Chicago, IL MSN resu.edu
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McKendree University Lebanon, IL MSN mckendree.edu
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Illinois State University Normal, IL MSN illinoisstate.edu
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Elmhurst College Elmhurst, IL MSN elmhurst.edu
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Saint Anthony College of Nursing Rockford, IL MSN sacn.edu
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Blessing Rieman College of Nursing Quincy, IL MSN brcn.edu
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Aurora University Aurora, IL MSN aurora.edu
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Chicago State University Chicago, IL MSN
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Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL MSN luc.edu
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Bradley University Peoria, IL MSN bradley.edu
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Saint Xavier University Chicago, IL MSN
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Registered Nurses in Illinois can make a salary between $46,000 to $91,000 per year. The list below shows registered nurse salaries in areas throughout Illinois.

  • Danville: $63,000
  • Chicago, Naperville, Arlington Heights: $77,000
  • Lake County, Kenosha County: $76,000
  • Elgin: $74,000
  • Springfield: $64,000

Nurse's in Illinois Compared to Median Income Averages

+85% Above State Median Income

+91% Above National Median Income

Nurse's in Illinois take home an average 34.08 per hour. Annual earnings for Nurse's working in the State of Illinois average $70,890 which is 85% above the state median income and 91% above the national median income for all occupations. Employment for a Nurse makes up just 0.07% of the working population in Illinois and is limited due to the specific qualifications required along with the schooling involved in this career path. The increasing demand for qualified Nurses coupled with the educational barrier to enter the field is met with a steady supply of eager college graduates anxious to make a long-lasting impact in the lives of others in and around Illinois.

Average Income for a Nurse in Illinois

Employment Median Hourly Wage Median Annual Wage
Illinois Nurse 121,670 $34.08 $70,890
State Average 6,029,300 $18.40 $38,272.00
National Average 153,156,000 $17.82 $37,040
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
MEDIAN: $34.08
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online

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Graduate data is from the 2013-2014 school year.
IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.