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Nursing is generally considered a rewarding occupation, but it does come with its own set of challenges. For those interested in nursing careers, it is important to become familiar with the ins and outs of the job. Nursing can be broadly classified into four main roles: certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). Of these four categories, registered nurses are by far the most numerous. Below, you can learn more about each of these roles.

Certified nursing assistant
CNAs provide basic care by aiding with daily necessities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. CNA certificate programs are very brief; they can typically be completed in a matter of weeks. In Illinois, certified nursing assistants are the second most common type of nurse. They can expect to earn between $20,000 and $30,000 annually.

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Licensed practical nurse
LPNs provide for patients’ overall well-being by monitoring symptoms, administering medications, and reporting any changes in health or wellness. LPN programs are offered at community colleges and vocational schools, generally requiring 12 to 18 months to complete. In Illinois, licensed practical nurses can expect annual earnings around $50,000.

Registered nurse
RNs administer many healthcare activities independently. They also supervise the day-to-day activities of LPNs and CNAs on their staff. There are two educational options for RNs: a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. In Illinois, there are approximately 100,000 registered nurses, making this the most common type of nurse in the state. RNs in Illinois earn $65,000 per year on average, although BSN graduates can garner a significantly higher salary.

Advanced practice registered nurse
APRNs have pursued graduate education, earning a master of science in nursing (MSN) or a doctorate. APRNs are qualified to order diagnostic tests, to prescribe and administer medications, and to take on many of the responsibilities traditionally entrusted to doctors. They can also specialize as nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, or nurse anesthetists. In Illinois, advanced practice registered nurses can expect to earn around $100,000 annually.

Begin your nursing career by exploring the different local education options. To help you start, we have compiled a comprehensive list of accredited nursing schools in Illinois.

Featured Schools

Chicagoland metro area

All American Nursing School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ambria College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
American Hope Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Americare Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
ATS Institute of Technology - Chicago
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Aurora University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Benedictine University
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
BestMed-Care Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
CAAN Academy of Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Chicago
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Chicago ORT Technical Institute
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Chicago Public Schools
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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 - Harold Washington College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S Truman College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
City Colleges of Chicago - Kennedy-King College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
City Colleges of Chicago - Olive-Harvey College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
City Colleges of Chicago - Richard J Daley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
CMK Healthcare
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
College of DuPage
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
College of Lake County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
DePaul University
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • 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
East-West University
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Elgin Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Elmhurst College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Governors State University
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Great Paragon Healthcare
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Harper College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Illinois College of Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Illinois School of Health Careers - Chicago Loop
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Illinois School of Health Careers - Chicago O'Hare
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
International Career Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
J'Renee Career Facilitation
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Joliet Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kishwaukee College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lewis University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Loyola University Chicago
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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
McHenry County College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Midwestern Career College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Moraine Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Morton College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
North Park University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Northbrook College of Health Care
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northern Illinois University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Northwestern College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Northwestern Institute of Health and Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Oakton Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Prairie State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Professional Career Certification and Training Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Rasmussen College - Joliet
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Resurrection University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Robert Morris University Illinois
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
Rush University
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • 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
Saint Xavier University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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
SOLEX College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Suburban College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
State Career College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Trinity Christian College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Triton College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • 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
University of St. Francis
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Waubonsee Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Peoria

Bradley University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Illinois Central College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Methodist College
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Midwest Technical Institute - East Peoria
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Rockford

Rasmussen College - Rockford
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Rock Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Rockford Career College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Rockford University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Saint Anthony College of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • 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

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
Midwest Technical Institute - Springfield
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
St. John's College
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

St. Louis suburbs

Beck School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
CALC Institute of Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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
McKendree University
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
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

Other Illinois cities

Black Hawk College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
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
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Eastern Illinois University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Graham Hospital School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Heartland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Highland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges - Frontier Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges - Lincoln Trail College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges - Wabash Valley College
  • 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
Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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
  • 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
Lakeview College of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
MacMurray College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Millikin University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Olivet Nazarene University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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
  • 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
Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Western Illinois University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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