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Nurses at all levels play an absolutely critical role in today’s healthcare system, and that role is projected to expand in the years to come. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing is one of the highest-growth professions over the next decade. Joliet, Illinois is no exception to this trend. With healthcare employers like Advocate Health Care, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Presence Health, and many others in the area, Joliet is a great place to start a nursing career. One of the most important considerations when deciding on a nursing program is the career path to pursue. Below you’ll find brief descriptions about each of the main types of nurses to help you settle on the career that is right for you.

Registered nurse (RN)
There are two main educational options for RNs: a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. The ADN is a quicker way to begin nursing, but the BSN gives students an edge on the job market and often results in a higher salary. Candidates in either path must also pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination. RNs manage a team of other nurses and medical support staff to plan, implement, and assess individualized patient care. There are over 80,000 RNs in the broader Chicagoland area, comprising the majority of the local nursing population.

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Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
LPN programs are offered at community colleges and vocational schools, such as Joliet Junior College. They require 12-18 months to complete, and students must then pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination. LPNs monitor patients’ symptoms, administer medications, and report changes in patient wellness to doctors and RNs.

Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
Also offered at community colleges and vocational schools, CNA programs can be completed in a matter of weeks. This is by far the fastest and most affordable way to start a career in the nursing field. CNAs provide for a very basic level of care, aiding with daily necessities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. Because CNAs are so important to the everyday lives of their patients, they are often perceived as primary caregivers.

Joliet, Illinois has plenty of education and employment opportunities no matter which role is the right one for you. If you want to learn more about starting your nursing career in the Joliet area, take a look at the below list of nearby nursing programs.

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Joliet nursing schools by NCLEX score

Joliet Junior College
1215 Houbolt Road | Joliet, Illinois 60431
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program): 98.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of St. Francis
500 Wilcox Street | Joliet, Illinois 60435
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • 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
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Joliet Junior College Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program) 98.7% 2008 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.9% 2008 to 2017
Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of St. Francis Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.7% 2008 to 2017
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
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