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Vocational schools and community colleges focus on equipping students with relevant and implementable skills to prepare them for the demands of the workforce. They provide quick, accessible, and affordable programs for nursing. There are over 20 such vocational, career, and community colleges in Illinois, including Danville Area Community College, Illinois Eastern Community College, Midwestern Career College, Chicago ORT Technical Institute, and several other well-known schools.

Certified nursing assistant (CNA) programs only take several weeks to complete and are generally offered at both community colleges and vocational schools. Licensed practical nursing (LPN) programs are more demanding and time-consuming, taking 12 to 18 months to complete; they are also offered at community colleges and vocational schools. Registered nursing (RN) programs require the lengthiest education. While many aspiring RNs will pursue bachelor’s degree programs at traditional four-year colleges and universities, two-year associate’s degree programs are offered at many community colleges and vocational schools.

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According to the National League for Nursing, it is becoming a trend for students to start training later, meaning that aspiring nurses are often employed in full-time careers and raising families while attending school. Vocational, career, and community colleges are especially appealing options for students who face time and financial constraints, since they tend to be local, affordable, accessible, and flexible in their scheduling.

Given the high demand for nurses today, quick and flexible education options can become the gateway to some incredible career opportunities. In Illinois, there are frequent job postings for nurses at all levels by the state’s large healthcare employers, including Alexia Brothers Health System, Northwest Community Hospital, and Sinai Health Systems.

For more information about a faster and more flexible path into nursing, take a look at the below list of vocational, career, and community colleges in Illinois.

Featured Schools

Chicagoland metro area

Adonis College of Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ambria College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Americare Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Aquarius Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
ATS Institute of Technology - Chicago
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
CAAN Academy of Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chicago ORT Technical Institute
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
City Colleges of Chicago
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
College of DuPage
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
College of Lake County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Elgin Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
J'Renee College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Joliet Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kishwaukee College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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 (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
Morton College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northbrook College of Health Care
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwestern College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Oakton Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Prairie State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Professional Career Certification and Training Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
SOLEX College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Suburban College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
State Career College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Triton College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Waubonsee Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Adonis College of Nursing Dolton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ambria College of Nursing Hoffman Estates
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Americare Technical School Park Ridge
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Aquarius Institute Des Plaines
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
ATS Institute of Technology - Chicago Chicago
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
CAAN Academy of Nursing Matteson
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chicago ORT Technical Institute Skokie
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
City Colleges of Chicago Chicago
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
College of DuPage Glen Ellyn
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
College of Lake County Grayslake
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Elgin Community College Elgin
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Great Paragon Healthcare Chicago
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Harper College Palatine
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Illinois College of Nursing Lombard
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Illinois School of Health Careers - Chicago Loop Chicago
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Illinois School of Health Careers - Chicago O'Hare Chicago
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
J'Renee College Elgin
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Joliet Junior College Joliet
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kishwaukee College Malta
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
McHenry County College Crystal Lake
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Midwestern Career College Chicago
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
Morton College Cicero
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northbrook College of Health Care Wheeling
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwestern College Bridgeview
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Oakton Community College Des Plaines
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Prairie State College Chicago Heights
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Professional Career Certification and Training Institute Oak Brook
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
SOLEX College Wheeling
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Suburban College South Holland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
State Career College Waukegan
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Triton College River Grove
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Peoria

Illinois Central College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Midwest Technical Institute - East Peoria
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Illinois Central College East Peoria
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Midwest Technical Institute - East Peoria East Peoria
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Rockford

Rock Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Rockford Career College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Rock Valley College Rockford
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Rockford Career College Rockford
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

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
School City Programs offered
Capital Area School of Practical Nursing Springfield
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lincoln Land Community College Springfield
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Midwest Technical Institute - Springfield Springfield
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

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
Southwestern Illinois College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Beck School of Practical Nursing Red Bud
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
CALC Institute of Technology Alton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Kaskaskia College Centralia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southwestern Illinois College Belleville
  • 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
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 (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Graham Hospital School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Heartland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
Highland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Illinois Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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 (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • 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
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 (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • 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 (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
School City Programs offered
Black Hawk College Moline
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Carl Sandburg College Galesburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Danville Area Community College Danville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Graham Hospital School of Nursing Canton
  • Diploma in Nursing
Heartland Community College Normal
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
Highland Community College Freeport
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Olney
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Illinois Valley Community College Oglesby
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
John A. Logan College Carterville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
John Wood Community College Quincy
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kankakee Community College Kankakee
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lake Land College Mattoon
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Parkland College Champaign
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Rend Lake College Ina
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Richland Community College Decatur
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Sauk Valley Community College Dixon
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Shawnee Community College Ullin
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southeastern Illinois College Harrisburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Spoon River College Canton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN Exit from RN Ladder Program)
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