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Illinois RN Programs

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.

Additional Resources

On-Campus & Online RN Schools

The Best RN Schools in Illinois

By offering the most complete directory of nursing schools, NurseGroups.com 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 discussion forums 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.

Illinois RN Resources on NurseGroups.com

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

Illinois Nurses Association

Other IL Schools with RN Programs

Kankakee Community College
100 College Drive
Kankakee, Illinois 60901
Kaskaskia College
27210 College Road
Centralia, Illinois 62801
Kishwaukee College
21193 Malta Road
Malta, Illinois 60150
Lake Land College
5001 Lake Land Blvd.
Mattoon, Illinois 61938
Lakeview College of Nursing
903 N. Logan Ave.
Danville, Illinois 61832
Lewis & Clark Community College
5800 Godfrey Road
Godfrey, Illinois 62035
Lewis University
One University Parkway
Romeoville, Illinois 60446
Lincoln Land Community College
5250 Shepherd Road
Springfield, Illinois 62794
Loyola University
1032 W. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, Illinois 60660
Macmurray College
447 East College Avenue
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
McKendree College
701 College Road
Lebanon, Illinois 62254
Methodist Medical Center College of Nursing
415 St. Mark Ct.
Peoria, Illinois 61603
Millikin University
1184 West Main Street
Decatur, Illinois 62522
Morraine Valley Community College
9000 West College Parkway
Palos Hills, Illinois 60465
Morton College
3801 S. Central Ave
Cicero, Illinois 60804
Northern Illinois University
231 North Annie Glidden Road
Dekalb, Illinois 60115
Oakton Community College
1600 E Golf Rd
Des Plaines, Illinois 60016
Olivet Nazarene University
One University Avenue
Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
511 NE Greenleaf Street
Peoria, Illinois 61603
Parkland College
2400 West Bradley Avenue
Champaign, Illinois 61821
Prairie State College
202 South Halsted Street
Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411
Rend Lake College
468 N. Ken Gray Parkway
Ina, Illinois 62846
Richland Community College
One College Park
Decatur, Illinois 62521
Robert Morris College
401 S. State Street
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Rock Valley College
3301 N Mulford Rd.
Rockford, Illinois 61114
Rockford College Department of Nursing
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, Illinois 61108
Rush University
1653 W. Congress Parkway
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Saint Anthony College of Nursing
5658 E. State Street
Rockford, Illinois 61108
Saint Xavier University
3700 West 103rd Street
Chicago, Illinois 60655
Sauk Valley Community College
173 IL Rt. 2
Dixon, Illinois 61021

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