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Illinois RN Programs

Anyone who would like to have a rewarding career putting smiles on people's faces and making a positive difference in their lives should look into RN programs in Illinois. Illinois is not only a fantastic place to live, but also a great state to train in to become a registered nurse.

A registered nurse is in charge of basic patient care, like checking blood pressure readings, getting a patient's pulse, taking general notes for a doctor to read over, and helping the doctor with anything he or she needs during an examination. In some RN programs in Illinois, students learn about specific medical procedures that they may end up assisting with later.

Becoming Licensed by Examination in Illinois

In order to become an RN by examination in Illinois, an individual must first complete an approved education program. The education program must include at least 1500 hours of direct patient care.

After graduation, the individual must pass the NCLEX. He or she must then submit:

  • A completed application
  • A certified check or money order to cover the application fee
  • Verification of fingerprinting
  • Foreign educated employees: Credentials evaluation report done by CGFNS or ERES and passing score on TOEFL (if education was not in English)

Becoming Licensed by Endorsement in Illinois

In order to become an RN by endorsement in Illinois, an individual must have previously held a license in another state or jurisdiction. Along with a completed application and fees for licensure by endorsement, an applicant must submit the following:

  • Proof of graduating from a nursing program that meets state requirements
  • Evidence of having passed the NCLEX or SBTPE
  • Verification of fingerprint processing
  • Foreign educated employees: Credentials evaluation report done by CGFNS or ERES, VisaScreen, and passing score on TOEFL (if education was not in English)
  • Official transcripts from nursing program

Applicants for licensure by endorsement may obtain a temporary permit to practice for 6 months.

Renewing an RN License

Illinois RN licenses are valid for 2 years, and expire on May 31 of even numbered years. Applicants are required to complete 20 contact hours of continuing education in order to be eligible for renewal.

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The Best RN Schools in Illinois

By offering the most complete directory of nursing schools, helps Illinois residents find the best local RN programs, as well as the best online RN schools whose accreditation is accepted by the Illinois Board of Nursing.

Why Online RN Classes?

Being a registered nurse is a great career. But many working adults who want to become an registered nurse have an extremely busy schedule - balancing a full-time job, family commitments and other personal responsibilities. The traditional classroom setting offered by most local nursing schools doesn't offer the same flexibility as taking their RN classes online.

Online nursing programs allow each student to fit their education into his or her already busy schedule. Online students can participate in "classroom" discussions and take exams when it's convenient for them. RN nursing students can access their virtual classroom 24 hours per day / seven days per week.

Also, taking RN courses online saves students even more time, as online students don't need to commute to school. Online schools enable busy people to get an RN degree, without interfering with their current professional and personal life.

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Illinois Department of Professional Regulation
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Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 814-2715
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Other Schools with RN Programs in Illinois

Aurora University
347 S. Gladstone Ave.
Aurora, IL 60506
Southwestern Illinois College
2500 Carlyle Ave.
Belleville, IL 62221
Illinois Wesleyan University
1312 Park Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
Olivet Nazarene University
One University Avenue
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Graham Hospital
210 W. Walnut St.
Canton, IL 61520
Spoon River College
23235 N. County Highway 22
Canton, IL 61520
John A Logan College
700 Logan College Road
Carterville, IL 62918
Kaskaskia College
27210 College Road
Centralia, IL 62801
Parkland College
2400 West Bradley Avenue
Champaign, IL 61821
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
Depaul University
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
Loyola University
1032 W. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60660
North Park College
3225 W Foster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
Robert Morris College
401 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Rush University
1653 W. Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60612
Saint Xavier University
3700 West 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60655
St Xavier University
3700 West 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60655
University of Illinois at Chicago
601 South Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Prairie State College
202 South Halsted Street
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Morton College
3801 S. Central Ave
Cicero, IL 60804
Danville Area Community College
2000 East Main Street
Danville, IL 61832
Lakeview College of Nursing
903 N. Logan Ave.
Danville, IL 61832
Millikin University
1184 West Main Street
Decatur, IL 62522
Richland Community College
1 College Park
Decatur, IL 62521
Northern Illinois University
231 North Annie Glidden Road
Dekalb, IL 60115
Oakton Community College
1600 E Golf Rd
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Sauk Valley College
173 IL Rt. 2
Dixon, IL 61021
Illinois Central College
1 College Drive
East Peoria, IL 61635
Elgin Community College
1700 Spartan Drive
Elgin, IL 60123
Elmhurst College
190 Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Highland Community College
2998 West Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL 61032
Carl Sandburg College
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
College of Dupage
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Lewis & Clark Community College
5800 Godfrey Road
Godfrey, IL 62035
College of Lake County
19351 West Washington Street
Grayslake, IL 60030
Southeastern Illinois College
3575 College Road
Harrisburg, IL 62946
Rend Lake College
468 N. Ken Gray Parkway
Ina, IL 62846
Macmurray College
447 East College Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Joliet Junior College
1215 Houbolt Road
Joliet, IL 60431
Kankakee Community College
100 College Drive
Kankakee, IL 60901
McKendree College
701 College Road
Lebanon, IL 62254
Kishwaukee College
21193 Malta Road
Malta, IL 60150
Lake Land College
5001 Lake Land Blvd.
Mattoon, IL 61938
Black Hawk College
6600 34th Ave.
Moline, IL 61265
Heartland Community College
1500 West Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Mennonite Nursing at ISU
Campus Box 5810
Normal, IL 61790
Illinois Valley Community College
815 North Orlando Smith Avenue
Oglesby, IL 61348
Illinois Eastern Community College
233 East Chestnut Street
Olney, IL 62450
Harper College
1200 W. Algonquin Road
Palatine, IL 60067
Trinity Christian College
6601 W. College Drive
Palos Heights, IL 60463
Morraine Valley Community College
9000 West College Parkway
Palos Hills, IL 60465
Bradley University
830 North Elmwood Avenue
Peoria, IL 61606
Methodist College of Nursing
415 St. Mark Ct.
Peoria, IL 61603
Methodist Medical Center College of Nursing
415 St. Mark Ct.
Peoria, IL 61603
St Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
511 NE Greenleaf Street
Peoria, IL 61603
Blessing - Rieman College
PO Box 7007
Quincy, IL 62305
John Wood Community College
1301 S. 48th Street
Quincy, IL 62305
Concordia University
7400 Augusta St
River Forest, IL 60305
Triton Community College
2000 Fifth Ave.
River Grove, IL 60171
Trinity College Department of Nursing
2122 25th Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201
Rock Valley College
3301 N Mulford Rd.
Rockford, IL 61114
Rockford College Department of Nursing
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
Saint Anthony College of Nursing
5658 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
Lewis University
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446
South Suburban College
15800 South State Street
South Holland, IL 60473
Lincoln Land Community College
5250 Shepherd Road
Springfield, IL 62794
St John's College of Nursing
729 East Carpenter St.
Springfield, IL 62702
Waubonsee Community College
Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
Shawnee Community College
8364 Shawnee College Rd.
Ullin, IL 62992

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