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Illinois’ nursing profession is expected to have significant job growth over the next decade. To capitalize on these opportunities, it’s important for aspiring nurses to select the career path that suits them best. Below you can find brief descriptions of each major nursing role, as well as opportunities in the Elgin area.

Certified nursing assistant
A certified nursing assistant (CNA) is primarily responsible for basic personal patient care. CNAs typically work under the supervision of a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or a registered nurse (RN). In the Chicagoland area, there are over 40,000 nursing assistants, and that number is expected to grow in the years ahead.

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Licensed practical nurse
Licensed practical nurses monitor symptoms, administer medications, and report changes in a patient’s health. In the Chicagoland area, there are approximately 15,000 LPNs employed by major healthcare employers such as Maxim Healthcare Services, Autumn Leaves Assisted Living, and PSA Healthcare.

Registered nurse
As an RN, you have to be a critical thinker, a problem solver, and a natural leader. Aspiring RNs can pursue either a two-year associate’s degree or a four-year bachelor’s degree to obtain initial licensure. Elgin’s RNs can expect to earn between $60,000 and $80,000, making this not only a rewarding profession but also a lucrative one.

Regardless of which nursing role is right for you, Elgin is a great place to start your career. If you want to learn more about launching a local nursing career, check out the below list of Elgin’s top nursing programs.

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Elgin nursing schools by NCLEX score

Kishwaukee College
21193 Malta Road | Malta, Illinois 60150
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program): 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Elgin Community College
1700 Spartan Drive | Elgin, Illinois 60123
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program): 96.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Aurora University
347 South Gladstone Avenue | Aurora, Illinois 60506
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Waubonsee Community College
47 Waubonsee Drive | Sugar Grove, Illinois 60554
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northern Illinois University
1425 West Lincoln Highway | Dekalb, Illinois 60115
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
J'Renee College
415 Airport Road | Elgin, Illinois 60123
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 76.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Kishwaukee College Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program) 100.0% 2008 to 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.9% 2008 to 2017
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Elgin Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program) 96.8% 2008 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.7% 2008 to 2017
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Aurora University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.9% 2008 to 2017
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Waubonsee Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.3% 2008 to 2017
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northern Illinois University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.9% 2008 to 2017
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
J'Renee College Certificate in Practical Nursing 76.4% 2008 to 2017
Nursing Assistant Certificate