We've organized a comprehensive list of Illinois nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as LPN certificates and ADN, BSN, and MSN degrees. You'll also find a profile of nursing education and careers in each major Illinois city.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nursing is one of the fields with the highest potential for job growth in the whole country. In the next decade, employment opportunities are expected to grow by 19%. There are already approximately 200,000 registered nurses (RNs) working in Illinois; according to these projections, there will be tens of thousands of new jobs in the field during the years ahead.

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.

Nurses are essential in today’s healthcare system and take on an enormous amount of responsibility for their patients’ health and well-being. Of all nursing roles, registered nurses (RNs) are by far the most prolific. In Illinois, there are over 100,000 RNs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this number is projected to soar in the near future. Registered nursing is one of the professions with the highest job growth in the country, projected to grow by 19% over the next decade.

Nursing assistants are unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) who provide bedside care and some basic nursing procedures for the chronically sick, elderly, and rehabilitation patients in a hospital or nursing facility. This is typically done under the supervision of licensed practical or registered nurses. It is the most junior role in the nursing profession and only requires the completion of a brief eight- to ten-week-long certificate program.

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