Chicago RN Programs - Illinois

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RN Programs in Chicago, Illinois

There are many RN programs in Chicago for students to take advantage of. These programs range from associate's degree programs to baccalaureate programs, so individuals can choose which level of education to pursue.

Chicago RN programs range in terms of curricula, degree requirements, cost, and length. It is important to evaluate all the options and choose that which best fits individual needs.

ADN vs. BSN Programs

Earning an ADN typically takes two years of full-time study. This allows students to begin their nursing careers quickly. Earning a BSN takes around four years of full-time study. This higher level degree can result in higher pay, making it worthwhile. For those who choose to attend an ADN program, it is possible to attend a BSN completion program later.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

Some RN programs are online and others are offered at campuses in and around Chicago. The benefit to online programs is that students can complete coursework anywhere and at any time for greater flexibility. On-campus programs are a great opportunity for students to network with each other and with instructors. Either way, students might be required to complete a clinical component before becoming licensed as an RN.

After completing an RN program, one must pass the NCLEX licensure exam in order to become employed as a registered nurse.

Registered Nurse Degree Info

Which schools offer Chicago RN Programs?

RN Programs (both campus-based & online RN Programs) are medical training programs offered by universities, vocational or technical schools, and community or junior colleges. Some hospitals even offer registered nursing training as an RN diploma.

How do I become an licensed RN?

Each state sets its own RN requirements. In order to earn your RN license, you must pass the NCLEX® examination. The NCLEX® is a comprehensive nursing exam that can only be taken by graduates of a nursing program approved by your state's board of nursing.

Do I need to complete an LPN program before I go to college to get an RN Degree?

No you don't need to complete LPN training before you can get your RN license. An accredited RN Associate Degree program takes 2 years. You can earn your RN Diploma in 3 years. (BSN - 4 years, RN to BSN can be 2-3 years)

Free Nursing School in Chicago?

The education necessary to become an RN is valuable, and registered nurses make really good money in Illinois. However, students can lower the cost of RN school with financial aid. There are numerous grants and nursing school scholarships in Illinois. They might not make your RN degree free but it can at least be more affordable.

Contact one of the accredited nursing schools listed here to get information about the financial aid you qualify for. Find out more about online nursing schools in Illinois.

RN Job Description

Registered nurses (RNs), regardless of specialty or work setting, treat patients, educate patients and the public about various medical conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients' family members. RNs record patients' medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.

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Illinois Department of Professional Regulation
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph, Suite 9-300
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 814-2715
Fax: (312) 814-3145

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Other Chicago Nursing Schools w/ RN Training

CCC - Kennedy - King College
6301 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60621
CCC - Malcolm X College
1900 W. Van Buren
Chicago, IL 60612
CCC - Olive Harvey College
10001 South Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60628
CCC - Richard J Daley College
7500 South Pulaski Rd.
Chicago, IL 60652
CCC - Truman College
1145 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
Chicago State University
9501 South King Drive
Chicago, IL 60628
North Park College
3225 W Foster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
Robert Morris College
401 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
St Xavier University
3700 West 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60655
Depaul University
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
Loyola University
1032 W. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60660
Rush University
1653 W. Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60612
Saint Xavier University
3700 West 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60655
University of Illinois at Chicago
601 South Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607

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