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There are a plethora of associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) programs in Illinois for aspiring registered nurses (RNs). It is important for each prospective student to research these options thoroughly in order to select the school that best fits her needs.

Overview of ADN programs
Associate’s degree programs typically require two years of study to provide students a solid foundation in nursing. Students with commitments outside the classroom can often find local part-time and evening programs; these typically range from two and a half to four years in length. ADN applicants must hold a high school diploma, but no prior nursing experience or education is required. The program combines theory, clinical hands-on training, laboratory work, and simulation learning experiences. Prospective RNs must pass a national exam, the NCLEX-RN, to gain licensure. Illinois boasts roughly 50 schools with an associate’s degree in nursing program, including many of the state’s community colleges.

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Career prospects
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of RNs is projected to grow 19% nationwide as the healthcare industry expands over the coming decade. There are roughly 110,000 RNs employed across Illinois who command a median annual salary of almost $65,000. Newly minted RNs can seek employment with the state’s major healthcare employers, including Alexian Brothers Health System, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

To help aspiring RNs, we have assembled a list of schools in Illinois that offer accredited ADN programs. You can find them organized below by major metropolitan area.

Featured Schools

Chicagoland metro area

McHenry County College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
Kishwaukee College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Harper College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Joliet Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Waubonsee Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Oakton Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Prairie State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Elgin Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Triton College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Moraine Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
College of Lake County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Ambria College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2017)
Morton College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
College of DuPage
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
City Colleges of Chicago
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
South Suburban College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Rasmussen College - Romeoville / Joliet
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.6% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
Northwestern College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 67.7% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
McHenry County College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.1% 2010 to 2017
Kishwaukee College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.9% 2008 to 2017
Harper College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.3% 2008 to 2017
Joliet Junior College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.9% 2008 to 2017
Waubonsee Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.3% 2008 to 2017
Oakton Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.7% 2008 to 2017
Prairie State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.6% 2008 to 2017
Elgin Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.7% 2008 to 2017
Triton College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.4% 2008 to 2017
Moraine Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.0% 2008 to 2017
College of Lake County
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.6% 2008 to 2017
Ambria College of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.4% 2012 to 2017
Morton College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.7% 2008 to 2017
College of DuPage
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.9% 2008 to 2017
City Colleges of Chicago
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.4% 2008 to 2017
South Suburban College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.2% 2008 to 2017
Rasmussen College - Romeoville / Joliet
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.6% 2015 to 2017
Northwestern College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 67.7% 2012 to 2017

Peoria

Illinois Central College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Illinois Central College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.7% 2008 to 2017

Rockford

Rock Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Rock Valley College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.5% 2008 to 2017

Springfield

Lincoln Land Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Lincoln Land Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.6% 2008 to 2017

St. Louis suburbs

Southwestern Illinois College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Kaskaskia College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Lewis and Clark Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Southwestern Illinois College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.0% 2008 to 2017
Kaskaskia College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.8% 2008 to 2017
Lewis and Clark Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.1% 2008 to 2017

Other Illinois cities

Southeastern Illinois College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
John A. Logan College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Lake Land College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Illinois Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Parkland College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Sauk Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Black Hawk College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Richland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Heartland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Kankakee Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Highland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Shawnee Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Rend Lake College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Danville Area Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Spoon River College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Carl Sandburg College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
John Wood Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Southeastern Illinois College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.1% 2008 to 2017
John A. Logan College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.0% 2008 to 2017
Lake Land College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.4% 2008 to 2017
Illinois Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.9% 2008 to 2017
Parkland College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.5% 2008 to 2017
Sauk Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.0% 2008 to 2017
Black Hawk College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.7% 2008 to 2017
Richland Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.6% 2008 to 2017
Heartland Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.1% 2008 to 2017
Kankakee Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.8% 2008 to 2017
Highland Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.4% 2008 to 2017
Shawnee Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.1% 2008 to 2017
Rend Lake College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.5% 2008 to 2017
Danville Area Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.3% 2008 to 2017
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.2% 2008 to 2017
Spoon River College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.9% 2008 to 2017
Carl Sandburg College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.4% 2008 to 2017
John Wood Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.1% 2008 to 2017
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