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The bustling city of Chicago has plenty of employment and education opportunities in the nursing field. There are more than 25 schools offering a wide variety of programs for nurses at all levels. Deciding which type of nursing program you want to pursue is one of the most important considerations. Below you can read brief descriptions about the main types of nurses and the opportunities available for each in Chicago.

Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
If you are a naturally caring and social person, a career as a certified nursing assistant could be for you. CNAs provide basic frontline healthcare that aids patients with daily necessities like bathing and eating. CNA programs are offered at community colleges and vocational schools, and they can be completed in a matter of weeks. There are approximately 50,000 nursing assistants in Chicago, and the demand for qualified CNAs is projected to grow in the years ahead. Some of the main employers of CNAs in Chicago include Tenet Health, Sinai Health System, and Northwest Community Hospital.

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Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
Licensed practical nurses provide for their patients’ overall well-being, and they often supervise nursing assistants in doing so. LPN programs are offered at community colleges and vocational schools, and generally require 12 to 18 months to complete. As an LPN in Chicago, you could expect to earn around $45,000 per year.

Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nursing is a good choice for those who are natural leaders. As an RN, you would manage a team of other nurses and medical support staff in planning, implementing, and assessing individualized patient care. In Chicago, there are over 20 schools offering pre-licensure programs for RNs, including the City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago State University, and University of Illinois Chicago.

Regardless of which career path you choose, there are plenty of opportunities in Chicago and the surrounding areas. If you want to learn more about launching a nursing career in Chicago, check out the below list of nursing programs in the area.

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Chicago nursing schools by NCLEX score

Rush University
600 South Paulina Street, Suite 440 | Chicago, Illinois 60612
  • Direct Entry MSN: 97.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
Loyola University Chicago
1032 West Sheridan Road | Chicago, Illinois 60660
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
City Colleges of Chicago
1900 West Van Buren Street | Chicago, Illinois 60612
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
DePaul University
55 East Jackson Boulevard | Chicago, Illinois 60604
  • Direct Entry MSN: 89.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Illinois at Chicago
601 South Morgan Street | Chicago, Illinois 60607
  • Direct Entry MSN: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • 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
Saint Xavier University
3700 West 103rd Street | Chicago, Illinois 60655
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
North Park University
3225 West Foster Avenue | Chicago, Illinois 60625
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Chicago State University
9501 South King Drive | Chicago, Illinois 60628
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • 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
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Chicago
3300 North Campbell Avenue | Chicago, Illinois 60618
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Great Paragon Healthcare
2640 West Touhy Avenue, Suite 206 | Chicago, Illinois 60645
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 75.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2017)
ATS Institute of Technology - Chicago
25 East Washington Street, Suite 200 | Chicago, Illinois 60602
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 73.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
Robert Morris University Illinois
401 South State Street | Chicago, Illinois 60605
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 72.7% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
East-West University
816 South Michigan Avenue | Chicago, Illinois 60605
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Illinois School of Health Careers - Chicago Loop
11 East Adams Street, Suite 200 | Chicago, Illinois 60603
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Illinois School of Health Careers - Chicago O'Hare
8750 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 300 | Chicago, Illinois 60631
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Midwestern Career College
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 3800 | Chicago, Illinois 60606
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Rush University Direct Entry MSN 97.0% 2010 to 2017
DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Post-Master's Certificates
Loyola University Chicago Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.8% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nursing Administration
MSN: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
City Colleges of Chicago Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.5% 2008 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.4% 2008 to 2017
Nursing Assistant Certificate
DePaul University Direct Entry MSN 89.2% 2008 to 2017
DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
Doctor of Nursing Practice
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Illinois at Chicago Direct Entry MSN 87.9% 2008 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.6% 2008 to 2017
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
Saint Xavier University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.9% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nursing Administration
MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
North Park University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.9% 2008 to 2017
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Chicago State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.4% 2008 to 2017
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
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Chicago Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.2% 2010 to 2017
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Great Paragon Healthcare Certificate in Practical Nursing 75.0% 2012 to 2017
ATS Institute of Technology - Chicago Certificate in Practical Nursing 73.1% 2013 to 2017
Robert Morris University Illinois Bachelor of Science in Nursing 72.7% 2017 to 2017
East-West University Nursing Assistant Certificate
Illinois School of Health Careers - Chicago Loop Nursing Assistant Certificate
Illinois School of Health Careers - Chicago O'Hare Nursing Assistant Certificate
Midwestern Career College Nursing Assistant Certificate