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Illinois has numerous schools offering top-notch bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) programs for existing registered nurses (RNs) who seek to enhance their career trajectory.

RN-to-BSN programs
In recent decades, more and more nurses with an associate’s degree have chosen to further their education by pursuing a BSN. This education better equips them for increasingly complex and diversified nursing responsibilities. Indeed, in a competitive marketplace, it has become imperative for RNs to continually upgrade their skills.

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RN-to-BSN programs are thus tailored to the needs of existing nurses. The coursework prepares students for work in new settings and trains them for independent decision-making, opening the door to further professional opportunities. The program length of RN-to-BSN programs, which can be taken part-time, ranges from two to four years.

Future opportunities
A BSN education enables RNs to move up the career ladder and seize the growing number of nursing opportunities that require at least a bachelor’s degree. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of RNs is projected to grow by 19% as the healthcare services industry booms over the coming decade. BSN-educated nurses in Illinois can look forward to a career with a diverse array of employers like Montclair Radiology, Sinai Health System, and Tenet Health.

We have compiled below a list of Illinois schools offering accredited RN-to-BSN programs, in order to help current RNs further their education and careers.

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Chicagoland metro area

Ambria College of Nursing
5210 Trillium Boulevard | Hoffman Estates, Illinois 60192
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Aurora University
347 South Gladstone Avenue | Aurora, Illinois 60506
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Benedictine University
5700 College Road | Lisle, Illinois 60532
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Chicago
3300 North Campbell Avenue | Chicago, Illinois 60618
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Chicago State University
9501 South King Drive | Chicago, Illinois 60628
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
DePaul University
55 East Jackson Boulevard | Chicago, Illinois 60604
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Elmhurst College
190 Prospect Avenue | Elmhurst, Illinois 60126
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Governors State University
One University Parkway | University Park, Illinois 60484
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lewis University
One University Parkway | Romeoville, Illinois 60446
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Loyola University Chicago
1032 West Sheridan Road | Chicago, Illinois 60660
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Northern Illinois University
1425 West Lincoln Highway | Dekalb, Illinois 60115
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Resurrection University
Three Erie Court | Oak Park, Illinois 60302
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Saint Xavier University
3700 West 103rd Street | Chicago, Illinois 60655
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Illinois at Chicago
601 South Morgan Street | Chicago, Illinois 60607
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of St. Francis
500 Wilcox Street | Joliet, Illinois 60435
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Ambria College of Nursing 5210 Trillium Boulevard
Hoffman Estates, Illinois 60192
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Aurora University 347 South Gladstone Avenue
Aurora, Illinois 60506
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Benedictine University 5700 College Road
Lisle, Illinois 60532
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Chicago 3300 North Campbell Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60618
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Chicago State University 9501 South King Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60628
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
DePaul University 55 East Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60604
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Elmhurst College 190 Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Governors State University One University Parkway
University Park, Illinois 60484
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lewis University One University Parkway
Romeoville, Illinois 60446
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Loyola University Chicago 1032 West Sheridan Road
Chicago, Illinois 60660
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Northern Illinois University 1425 West Lincoln Highway
Dekalb, Illinois 60115
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Resurrection University Three Erie Court
Oak Park, Illinois 60302
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Saint Xavier University 3700 West 103rd Street
Chicago, Illinois 60655
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Illinois at Chicago 601 South Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of St. Francis 500 Wilcox Street
Joliet, Illinois 60435
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Peoria

Bradley University
1501 West Bradley Avenue | Peoria, Illinois 61625
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Methodist College
415 Saint Mark Court | Peoria, Illinois 61603
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
511 NE Greenleaf Street | Peoria, Illinois 61603
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Bradley University 1501 West Bradley Avenue
Peoria, Illinois 61625
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Methodist College 415 Saint Mark Court
Peoria, Illinois 61603
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing 511 NE Greenleaf Street
Peoria, Illinois 61603
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Rockford

Saint Anthony College of Nursing
5658 East State Street | Rockford, Illinois 61108
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Saint Anthony College of Nursing 5658 East State Street
Rockford, Illinois 61108
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Springfield

St. John's College
729 East Carpenter Street | Springfield, Illinois 62702
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
St. John's College 729 East Carpenter Street
Springfield, Illinois 62702
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

St. Louis suburbs

McKendree University
701 College Road | Lebanon, Illinois 62254
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
One Hairpin Drive | Edwardsville, Illinois 62025
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
McKendree University 701 College Road
Lebanon, Illinois 62254
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville One Hairpin Drive
Edwardsville, Illinois 62025
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other Illinois cities

Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Broadway & 11th Street | Quincy, Illinois 62305
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue | Charleston, Illinois 61920
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Illinois State University
North & School Streets | Normal, Illinois 61790
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lakeview College of Nursing
903 North Logan Avenue | Danville, Illinois 61832
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
MacMurray College
447 East College Avenue | Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Millikin University
1184 West Main Street | Decatur, Illinois 62522
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Olivet Nazarene University
One University Avenue | Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences
2122 25th Avenue | Rock Island, Illinois 61201
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Western Illinois University
One University Circle | Macomb, Illinois 61455
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing & Health Sciences Broadway & 11th Street
Quincy, Illinois 62305
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Eastern Illinois University 600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, Illinois 61920
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Illinois State University North & School Streets
Normal, Illinois 61790
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lakeview College of Nursing 903 North Logan Avenue
Danville, Illinois 61832
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
MacMurray College 447 East College Avenue
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Millikin University 1184 West Main Street
Decatur, Illinois 62522
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Olivet Nazarene University One University Avenue
Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences 2122 25th Avenue
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Western Illinois University One University Circle
Macomb, Illinois 61455
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion