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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.

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Other IL Schools with RN Programs

Aurora University
347 S. Gladstone Ave.
Aurora, IL 60506
Black Hawk College
6600 34th Ave.
Moline, IL 61265
Blessing-Rieman College
11th & Oak
Quincy, IL 62301
Bradley University
830 North Elmwood Avenue
Peoria, IL 61606
Carl Sandburg College
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Chicago State University
9501 South King Drive
Chicago, IL 60628
City Colleges of Chicago - Kennedy - King College
6301 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60621
City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College
1900 W. Van Buren
Chicago, IL 60612
City Colleges of Chicago - Truman College
1145 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
City Colleges of Chicago- Olive Harvey College
10001 South Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60628
City Colleges of Chicago- Richard J Daley College
7500 South Pulaski Rd.
Chicago, IL 60652
College of Dupage
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
College of Lake County
19351 West Washington Street
Grayslake, IL 60030
Concordia University
7400 Augusta St
River Forest, IL 60305
Danville Area Community College
2000 East Main Street
Danville, IL 61832
Depaul University
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
Elgin Community College
1700 Spartan Drive
Elgin, IL 60123
Elmhurst College
190 Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Graham Hospital
210 W. Walnut St.
Canton, IL 61520
Harper College
1200 W. Algonquin Road
Palatine, IL 60067
Heartland Community College
1500 West Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Highland Community College
2998 West Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL 61032
Illinois Central College
1 College Drive
East Peoria, IL 61635
Illinois Eastern Community College
233 East Chestnut Street
Olney, IL 62450
Illinois State University
Campus Box 5810
Normal, IL 61790
Illinois Valley Community College
815 North Orlando Smith Avenue
Oglesby, IL 61348
Illinois Wesleyan University
1312 Park Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
John A Logan College
700 Logan College Road
Carterville, IL 62918
John Wood Community College
1301 S. 48th Street
Quincy, IL 62305
Joliet Junior College
1215 Houbolt Road
Joliet, IL 60431

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 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

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