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Illinois RN Programs

Complete list of schools that offer state-approved registered nursing programs in Illinois

How to Become a Registered Nurse in Illinois

If you are looking for a rewarding career that will allow you to help others while making a very lucrative salary, you might want to consider training to become a registered nurse. A registered nurse plays a very important role in helping sick people get and stay better, so of course there are certain requirements to become an RN. Along with getting the proper education to become a nurse, there are also certain licensing requirements that must be met before one can begin practicing as a nurse.

First, in order to become a nurse, you will need to plan which route you would like to take with schooling. The best way of ensuring that you get a good, high paying job upon graduation is to go for a bachelor’s degree in nursing. With four years of schooling involved, this is the longest route to take, but it is the route that will afford you the most opportunities within the nursing field. Getting a BSN involves more comprehensive and rigorous schooling, and it is broken down into two separate parts. The first part involves general studies in science, organic chemistry, physiology, and psychology. The second part involves instruction on nursing practices, and various diseases, and includes supervised experience in a clinical setting.

Another way to fulfill the nursing education requirement is with an associate’s degree. This degree only takes 2 years as opposed to the 4 years needed for a BSN, but it can take up to 3 or more years for some to complete. The instruction for a nursing associates degree involves both classroom and clinical training, but the studies aren’t as extensive as they would be in a BSN program which is why many nurses who only have an associate’s degree eventually go back to school to get their BSN if they wish to acquire more in-depth nursing knowledge.

The last way to get trained in the field of nursing is with a diploma program. The diploma method of obtaining a nursing degree is the least popular method, and these programs are administered in health care facilities. The diploma method can take up to 3 years to complete, and just like with the associate’s degree program, many nurses who receive a diploma for nursing go on to complete their BSN in the future.

After you have gone through all of the required schooling to obtain the training needed to become a nurse, you will have to get a nursing license. In Illinois, you will have to complete an application and take a test for the state in order to become a licensed registered nurse. Only after you have completed all of these necessary steps will you be able to begin your well-paying career in the nursing field.

Illinois Associates Degree RN Programs

Black Hawk College

6600 34th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265

Carl Sandburg College

2400 Tom L Wilson Blvd
Galesburg, IL 61401

CCC-Kennedy-King College

6301 South Halsted Street
Building Y, Suite 161
Chicago, IL 60621

CCC-Malcolm X College

1900 West Van Buren
Chicago, IL 60612

CCC-Richard J Daley College

7500 South Pulaski
Chicago, IL 60652

CCC-Truman College

1145 W. Wilson Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640

CCC-Wilbur Wright College

1645 N. California
Chicago, IL 60641

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

College of Lake County-AD

19351 West Washington Street
Grayslake, IL 60030

Danville Area Community College

2000 East Main Street
Danville, IL 61832

Elgin Community College

1700 Spartan Drive
Elgin, IL 60123

Heartland Community College

1500 West Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761

Highland Community College

2998 W. Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL 61032

Illinois Central College

201 SW Adams Street
Peoria, IL 61635

Illinois Eastern Community College-AD

305 N. West Street
Olney, IL 62450

Illinois Valley Community College

815 N. Orlando Smith Ave.
Oglesby, IL 61348

ITT Technical Institute

11551 184th Place
Orland Park, IL 60437

John A. Logan College

700 Logan College Rd.
Carterville, IL 62918
618-985-2828, x8455

John Wood Community College

1301 South 48th Street
Quincy, IL 62305

Joliet Junior College / Ladder

1215 Houbolt Road
Joliet, IL 60431

Kankakee Community College

100 College Drive
Kankakee, IL 60901

Kaskaskia College

27210 College Rd.
Centralia, IL 62801

Kishwaukee College

21193 Malta Road
Malta, IL 60150
815-825-2086, x2510

Lake Land College

5001 Lake Land Blvd.
Mattoon, IL 61938

Lewis & Clark Community College

5800 Godfrey Road
Godfrey, IL 62035

Lincoln Land Community College

5250 Shepherd Road
P.O. Box 19256
Springfield, IL 62794

McHenry County College

8900 U.S. Highway 14
Crystal Lake, IL 60012

Morraine Valley Community College

10900 South 88th Avenue
Palos Hills, IL 60465

Morton College

3801 S. Central Ave.
Cicero, IL 60804
708-656-8000, x264

Northwestern College

7725 S. Harlem
Bridgeview, IL 60455
708-237-5050, x2821

Oakton Community College

1600 E. Golf Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Parkland College

2400 West Bradley Avenue
Champaign, IL 61821

Prairie State College

202 S. Halsted St.
Chicago Heights, IL 60411

Rend Lake College

468 North Ken Gray Parkway – Route 1
Ina, IL 62846
618-437-5321, x1225

Richland Community College-AD

One College Park
Decatur, IL 62521
217-875-7211, x755

Robert Morris University

401 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60605

Rock Valley College

3301 North Mulford Road
Rockford, IL 61114

Sauk Valley Community College

173 IL. Rt. 2
Dixon, IL 61021

Shawnee College

8364 Shawnee College Rd.
Ullin, IL 62992

Southwestern Illinois College (Belleview)

2500 Carlyle Avenue
Belleville, IL 62221
618-235-2700, x5268

South Suburban College

15800 S. State Street South
Holland, IL 60473
708-596-2000, x2550

Southeastern Illinois College

3575 College Road
Harrisburg, IL 62946
618-252-5400, x2330

Spoon River College

23235 N. County 22
Canton, IL 61520

Trinity College Dept Nursing

2122 25th Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201

Triton College

2000 North Fifth Avenue
River Grove, IL 60171
708-456-0300, x3652

Waubonsee Community College

Route 47 Waubonsee Drive
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
630-466-7900, x2466

William Rainey Harper College

1200 West Algonquin Road
Palatine, IL 60067

We try to update our nursing school listings as schools open and close and when accreditation is granted to new nursing programs. If you find information that is incorrect or requires updating please email us to let us know what needs to be changed. We encourage prospective students to conduct their own research on schools they are interested in before they commit to enrolling in an academic program.

Approved Illinois RN Schools

See our complete list of qualified RN nursing education programs in the state of Illinois. The schools listed here offer pre-licensure nursing programs that meet the registered nursing education requirements set forth by the Illinois Board of Nursing. The two most common types of RN programs are: two-year Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) and four-year Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BSN). Some states still approve hospital-based diploma/certificate nursing programs, although these types of programs do not result in a degree upon completion.

Illinois Hospital Diploma RN Programs

Graham Hospital

210 West Walnut Street
Canton, IL 61520

Bachelor Degree Illinois RN Programs

Aurora University

347 South Gladstone Avenue
Aurora, IL 60506

Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing

P.O. Box 7005, Broadway at 11th
Quincy, IL 62305

Bradley University

1501 West Bradley Avenue
Peoria, IL 61625

Chamberlain College of Nursing

1221 N. Swift Road
Addison, IL 60101

Chicago State University

9501 South King Drive
Chicago, IL 60628
773-995 -3992

Elmhurst College

190 Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Illinois Wesleyan University

1312 N. Park St.
Bloomington, IL 61701

Lakeview College of Nursing – Danville

903 N Logan Ave
Danville, IL 61832

Lakeview College of Nursing – Charleston

1443 Buzzard Hall
2005 State Highway 16
Charleston, IL, 61920

Lewis University

One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446

Loyola University of Chicago

2160 S. First Ave.
Mcguire Bldg – Room 2851
Maywood IL, 60153

MacMurray College

447 East College Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650

Mennonite Nursing at ISU College of Nursing

Campus Box 5810
Normal, IL 61790

Methodist College of Nursing

415 St. Mark Ct.
Peoria, IL 61603

Millikin University

1184 W. Main Street
Decatur, IL 62522

North Park University

3225 W. Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

Northern Illinois University

1240 Normal Road
DeKalb, IL 60115

Olivet Nazarene University

One University Avenue
Bourbonnais, IL 60914

Ressurection University

3 Erie Court
Oak Park, IL 60302

Rockford College Department of Nursing

5050 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

Regional Nursing Program
SIU School of Nursing
277A Student Health Center
374 East Grand
Carbondale, IL 62901-6740

Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville

School of Nursing
P.O. Box 1066 – AH
Edwardsville, IL 62026

St. Anthony College of Nursing

5658 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing

511 N.E. Greenleaf Street
Peoria, IL 61603

St. John’s College

729 East Carpenter Street
Springfield, IL 62702

St. Xavier University-DE

3700 West 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60655

Trinity Christian College

6601 W. College Drive
Palos Heights, IL 60463

Trinity College Department of Nursing

2122 25th Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201

University of Illinois at Chicago

845 South Damen, RM 110
Chicago, IL 60612

University of Illinois at Chicago – Urbana

408 S. Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801

University of St Francis College of Nursing

500 Wilcox Street
Joliet, IL 60435

Western Illinois University School of Nursing

Waggoner Hall 339
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Illinois RN Resources

Illinois Board of Nursing
Illinois Nurses Association
Chicago IL Nurse Staffing Agency
2010-2011 Registered Nurses Occupational Outlook
State of Illinois Nurse Practice Act
Continuing Education for Nurses in Illinois

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