Illinois Nursing Schools and Programs

Study Hard, Land a Job

Fast-track your nursing career at a school in Illinois. Dozens of schools located throughout the state answer the call for the shortage of nurses. And the short-fall does not just affect big hospitals. Small communities wrestle with job vacancies AND even more impending concerns: how to attract and retain good nurses.

Statewide Nursing Trends

Across Illinois the demand for educated and licensed nurses is keeping pace with the same national trends. Search our list below for schools that provide BSN, MSN, post-grad specialties, PhD programs and even the increasingly popular practical, or professional, nursing programs. The practical nurse programs can put you into a solid and well-paying job in months AND you can choose to move forward with your education at any time. But in any event of economic downturn, licensure of any kind is imperative for nurses.

Education Options for Working RNs in Illinois

Experienced RNs: find out what advanced degrees are hot, challenging and well-paid. Innovative new ground for pro nurses include the field of forensics, legal nursing, and nursing administration and leadership — all of these offer powerful career options that easily get you outside the old four walls of a hospital. If you find campus programs are too inflexible, search our list of online nursing schools for distance degrees. Guess what? online nursing education is now being offered by many of the best brick-and-mortar schools and available programs are near carbon-copies of their campus curriculums. It's all about convenience and what works for you right now.

By far the bulk of Illinois nurses are clustered in metro areas, namely Chicago, where a set of large hospitals serves large populations of residents and out of state patients requiring general care or specialized facilities.

Chicago Skyline.

Salary, Hospitals and Job Outlook in Illinois

The bulk of staff RNs that work in Chicago earn a salary between $60,000 and $71,000. But staff RNs in a nursing home environment consistently take home about $10,000 less. This is an illustration of factors that can figure prominently into your job track. Salary is often affected by zip code, level of education, practice specialty (ie a nurse anesthetist in Chicago would bring home no less than $130,000), type of care facility and level of experience.*

What you need to remember is this: nursing is a solid career with excellent opportunities for career movement. Optimize your salary by signing on for extra shifts, overtime and holidays, even a stint of per diem work. Travel nurses earn big bucks when they are willing to go where the demand is absolutely the highest, which could mean Phoenix in July, though smaller hospitals nearer to home in rural Illinois may need temporary help which allows you to see the natural beauty the state has to offer without traveling as far.

LaSalle Falls.

For information on state nursing licensure requirements visit the State of Illinois Professional Nurse website.

Nursing Schools in Illinois Offering Distance Learning Options

Governors State University — University Park
College of Health Professions
NLNAC Accredited

Kaplan University — Chicago
CCNE Accredited

Rush University
CCNE Accredited

University of Phoenix
CCNE Accredited

Search our big list of online nursing schools for many more distance nursing opportunities.

Campus-based Nursing Schools in Illinois

Aurora University — Aurora
School of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Benedictine University — Lisle
Department of Nursing and Health
CCNE, NLNAC Accredited

Black Hawk College — Moline
NLNAC Accredited

Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing — Quincy
CCNE Accredited

Bradley University — Peoria
Department of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Capital Area Career Center — Springfield
School of Practical Nursing

Carl Sandburg College — Galesburg
Allied Health Division
NLNAC Accredited

Chamberlain College of Nursing — Addison
NLNAC Accredited

Chicago Public Schools — Chicago
NLNAC Accredited

Chicago State University — Chicago
College of Health Sciences
NLNAC Accredited

College of DuPage — Glen Ellyn
NLNAC Accredited

College of Lake County — Grayslake
Nursing Department
NLNAC Accredited

Danville Area Community College — Danville
School of Nursing

DePaul University — Chicago
Department of Nursing
CCNE Accredited

Eastern Illinois University — Charleston
College of Sciences — Nursing Program

Elgin Community College — Elgin
Health Professions Department
NLNAC Accredited

Elmhurst College — Elmhurst
Department of Nursing
CCNE Accredited

Frontier Community College — Fairfield

Governors State University — University Park
College of Health Professions
NLNAC Accredited

Graham Hospital Association School of Nursing — Canton
NLNAC Accredited

Harry S. Truman College — Chicago
Nursing Department
NLNAC Accredited

Heartland Community College — Bloomington
Nursing Program
NLNAC Accredited

Illinois Central College — Peoria
NLNAC Accredited

Illinois Eastern Community College — Olney
NLNAC Accredited

Illinois State University — Normal
Mennonite College of Nursing
CCNE Accredited

Illinois Valley Community College — Oglesby
Division of Health Professions
NLNAC Accredited

Illinois Wesleyan University — Bloomington
CCNE Accredited

Joliet Junior College — Joliet
Nursing Education Department
NLNAC Accredited

Kankakee Community College — Kankakee

Kaplan University — Chicago
CCNE Accredited

Kaskaskia College — Centralia
NLNAC Accredited

Kennedy-King College — Chicago
NLNAC Accredited

Lake Land College — Mattoon
Division of Allied Health
NLNAC Accredited

Lakeview College of Nursing — Danville
CCNE, NLNAC Accredited

Lewis and Clark Community College — Godfrey
Allied Health
NLNAC Accredited

Lewis University
College of Nursing and Health Professions — Romeoville
CCNE Accredited

Lincoln Land Community College — Springfield
NLNAC Accredited

Lincoln Trail College — Robinson

Loyola University Chicago — Chicago
Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing — Graduate Programs
CCNE, NLNAC Accredited

MacMurray College — Jacksonville
Department of Nursing
CCNE Accredited

Malcolm X College — Chicago
NLNAC Accredited

McKendree College — Lebanon
Division of Nursing
CCNE, NLNAC Accredited

Millikin University — Decatur
School of Nursing
CCNE Accredited

Moraine Valley Community College — Palos Hills
Department of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

North Park University — Chicago
School of Nursing
CCNE Accredited

Northern Illinois University — DeKalb
School of Nursing
CCNE Accredited

Oakton Community College — Des Plaines
Department of Allied Health
NLNAC Accredited

Olivet Nazarene University — Bourbonnais
Division of Nursing
CCNE Accredited

Olney Central College — Olney

OSF HealthCare System — Peoria
Saint Francis Medical Center, College of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Parkland College — Champaign
Department of Health Professions
NLNAC Accredited

Prairie State College — Chicago Heights
Nursing and Allied Health
NLNAC Accredited

Saint Anthony College of Nursing — Rockford
CCNE Accredited

Saint Francis Medical Center — Peoria
College of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Saint Xavier University — Chicago
School of Nursing
CCNE Accredited

South Suburban College — South Holland
Department of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Southeastern Illinois College — Harrisburg
Department of Nursing and Allied Health

Southern Illinois University — Edwardsville
School of Nursing
CCNE Accredited

Southwestern Illinois College — Belleville
Nursing Education
NLNAC Accredited

St. John's College — Springfield
Department of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Trinity Christian College — Palos Heights
Department of Nursing
CCNE Accredited

Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences — Moline
CCNE, NLNAC Accredited

Triton College — River Grove
NLNAC Accredited

University of Illinois — Chicago
College of Nursing

Wabash Valley College — Mt. Carmel

Waubonsee Community College — Sugar Grove

West Suburban College of Nursing — Oak Park
NLNAC Accredited

William Rainey Harper College — Palatine
School of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

*salary sources, Salary.com

 

 

 

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