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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nursing is one of the fields with the highest potential for job growth in the whole country. In the next decade, employment opportunities are expected to grow by 19%. There are already approximately 200,000 registered nurses (RNs) working in Illinois; according to these projections, there will be tens of thousands of new jobs in the field during the years ahead.

Aspiring registered nurses in Illinois can choose to pursue their education at either public or private universities. While each option has its advantages and disadvantages, public universities such as state schools are usually subsidized by the government, making them far less expensive for in-state students.

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Not only are public schools less expensive, they are often more convenient and accessible. There are over 60 public schools with nursing programs all across Illinois, meaning that you can pursue your nursing education without having to move far away from home. In Illinois’ largest city of Chicago, the City Colleges offer nursing programs on seven separate campuses, while Chicago State University, the Chicago Public Schools, and North Park University provide additional local options. Illinois State University, located in the city of Normal, is an excellent public nursing school outside of the Windy City. It offers both baccalaureate and graduate-level education in nursing.

If you’re interested in enrolling at one of Illinois’ public nursing schools, we have prepared a comprehensive list that includes key information about each school and program in the state.

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Chicagoland metro area

Chicago State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Community Health Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
City Colleges of Chicago
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
College of DuPage
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
College of Lake County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Elgin Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Governors State University
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Harper College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Joliet Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kishwaukee College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
McHenry County College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Moraine Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
Morton College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northern Illinois University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Oakton Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Prairie State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Suburban College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Triton College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Waubonsee Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Chicago State University Chicago
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Community Health Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
City Colleges of Chicago Chicago
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
College of DuPage Glen Ellyn
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
College of Lake County Grayslake
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Elgin Community College Elgin
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Governors State University University Park
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Harper College Palatine
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Joliet Junior College Joliet
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kishwaukee College Malta
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
McHenry County College Crystal Lake
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
Morton College Cicero
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northern Illinois University Dekalb
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Oakton Community College Des Plaines
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Prairie State College Chicago Heights
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Suburban College South Holland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Triton College River Grove
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Peoria

Illinois Central College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Illinois Central College East Peoria
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Rockford

Rock Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Rock Valley College Rockford
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Springfield

Capital Area School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lincoln Land Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Capital Area School of Practical Nursing Springfield
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lincoln Land Community College Springfield
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

St. Louis suburbs

Beck School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kaskaskia College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lewis and Clark Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southwestern Illinois College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Beck School of Practical Nursing Red Bud
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kaskaskia College Centralia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southwestern Illinois College Belleville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Other Illinois cities

Black Hawk College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Carl Sandburg College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Danville Area Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Eastern Illinois University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Heartland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
Highland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Illinois State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Illinois Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
John A. Logan College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
John Wood Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kankakee Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lake Land College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Parkland College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Rend Lake College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Richland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Sauk Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Shawnee Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southeastern Illinois College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Spoon River College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
Western Illinois University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Black Hawk College Moline
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Carl Sandburg College Galesburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Danville Area Community College Danville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Eastern Illinois University Charleston
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Heartland Community College Normal
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
Highland Community College Freeport
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Olney
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Illinois State University Normal
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Illinois Valley Community College Oglesby
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
John A. Logan College Carterville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
John Wood Community College Quincy
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kankakee Community College Kankakee
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lake Land College Mattoon
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Parkland College Champaign
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Rend Lake College Ina
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Richland Community College Decatur
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Sauk Valley Community College Dixon
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Shawnee Community College Ullin
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southeastern Illinois College Harrisburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Spoon River College Canton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
Western Illinois University Macomb
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion