Forensic Nursing in Illinois

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Schools Offering Forensic Nursing Programs in Illinois

Around 1.6% of Illinois's graduates graduate from forensic nursing degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 5,938 forensic nurses graduate from Illinois' 84 forensic nursing schools.

Top Schools

Loyola University Chicago, which was ranked 28th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Illinois that has a forensic nursing program. It is located in Chicago. In 2010, Loyola University Chicago graduated 127 students from its forensic nursing program. Students at Loyola University Chicago paid $32,114 per year in tuition fees.

The second-ranked school in Illinois that has a forensic nursing program is University of Illinois at Chicago. University of Illinois at Chicago, which was ranked 29th in the country in 2010, is located in Chicago. 158 students graduated with degree in forensic nursing from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010. University of Illinois at Chicago charged in-state students $12,053 in tuition fees per year.

The third-ranked school in Illinois that has a forensic nursing program is Elmhurst College. Elmhurst College, which was ranked 35th in the country in 2010, is located in Elmhurst. In 2010, Elmhurst College graduated 77 students from its forensic nursing programs. Elmhurst College charged in-state students $28,660 in tuition fees per year.


If you choose to attend a Illinois forensic nursing school, average tuition will be $9,073 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $2,194 per year to $35,256 per year. The Illinois forensic nursing schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Illinois Wesleyan University - located in Bloomington, students are charged $35,256 per year
  2. Loyola University Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $32,114 per year
  3. DePaul University - located in Chicago, students are charged $28,858 per year

The forensic nursing schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in Illinois were:

  1. Elgin Community College - located in Elgin, students are charged $2,194 per year
  2. Prairie State College - located in Chicago Heights, students are charged $2,348 per year
  3. Waubonsee Community College - located in Sugar Grove, students are charged $2,352 per year

A forensic nursing degree from an Illinois school... what next?

Most people who graduate from forensic nursing school in Illinois go on to work as a forensic nurse. Illinois had 550 forensic nurses in 2010. The Illinois counties with the largest populations of forensic nurses are:

  1. Edwards County - 40 forensic nurses
  2. Cook County

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of forensic nurses is expected to grow by 13% by 2018. There are projected to be 4,410 forensic nurses working in the Illinois then.


A forensic nurse in Illinois earns $66,560 per year on average. However, this number is only an average. forensic nurses in Illinois had varying salaries from $22,610 to $107,590 per year in 2010. The counties in Illinois with the highest average salary for a forensic nurse are:

  1. Cook County - $70,240 per year
  2. Edwards County - $52,180 per year

The following counties in Illinois have the lowest average salaries for forensic nurses:

  1. Edwards County - $52,180 per year
  2. Cook County - $70,240 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Illinois statistics regarding a career in forensic nursing and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as nurse assisting or nurse practitioning.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Forensic Nursing in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Forensic Nursing in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Forensic Nursing in Illinois
  • Certificate in Forensic Nursing in Illinois

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
6,125 miles from location College of DuPage Glen Ellyn IL 13.8242 n/a 27,083
6,104 miles from location University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago IL 70.7646 34% 26,840
6,103 miles from location DePaul University Chicago IL 35.6436 31% 25,072
6,162 miles from location Northern Illinois University Dekalb IL 31.3806 29% 24,424
6,172 miles from location Illinois State University Normal IL 37.9275 35% 21,184
6,123 miles from location College of Lake County Grayslake IL 13.4699 n/a 18,092
6,113 miles from location Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills IL 13.4837 n/a 17,774
6,103 miles from location Loyola University Chicago Chicago IL 72.1483 15% 15,879
6,126 miles from location Harper College Palatine IL 12.7765 n/a 15,711
6,114 miles from location Triton College River Grove IL 11.7006 n/a 15,706
6,130 miles from location Joliet Junior College Joliet IL 10.654 n/a 15,288
6,221 miles from location Southwestern Illinois College Belleville IL 13.7244 n/a 14,440
6,221 miles from location Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville IL 27.5134 33% 13,940
6,104 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College Chicago IL 7.0577 n/a 13,174
6,200 miles from location Illinois Central College Peoria IL 15.7341 n/a 13,049
6,111 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College Chicago IL 8.94698 n/a 12,866
6,116 miles from location Oakton Community College Des Plaines IL 11.0092 n/a 12,087
6,127 miles from location Eastern Illinois University Charleston IL 31.7637 32% 11,966
6,139 miles from location Elgin Community College Elgin IL 15.1103 n/a 11,704
6,146 miles from location Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove IL 14.036 n/a 10,532
6,107 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College Chicago IL 7.92862 n/a 9,991
6,134 miles from location Parkland College Champaign IL 15.5147 n/a 9,633
6,105 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College Chicago IL 7.66409 n/a 8,718
6,173 miles from location Rock Valley College Rockford IL 14.228 n/a 8,659
6,175 miles from location John A Logan College Carterville IL 13.1135 n/a 8,568
6,235 miles from location Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey IL 11.0347 n/a 8,179
6,138 miles from location Lake Land College Mattoon IL 14.784 n/a 7,945
6,204 miles from location Lincoln Land Community College Springfield IL 12.2962 n/a 7,677
6,102 miles from location South Suburban College South Holland IL 10.1002 n/a 7,279
6,102 miles from location Chicago State University Chicago IL 15.9923 34% 7,235
6,103 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College Chicago IL 7.01976 n/a 7,180
6,141 miles from location McHenry County College Crystal Lake IL 13.7359 n/a 6,811
6,248 miles from location Black Hawk College Moline IL 12.4029 n/a 6,267
6,165 miles from location Rend Lake College Ina IL 19.4494 n/a 5,871
6,102 miles from location Prairie State College Chicago Heights IL 9.7858 n/a 5,854
6,125 miles from location Lewis University Romeoville IL 29.2285 33% 5,847
6,127 miles from location Benedictine University Lisle IL 26.9664 34% 5,836
6,205 miles from location Bradley University Peoria IL 35.5501 24% 5,800
6,106 miles from location Governors State University Park Forest IL 1.76028 n/a 5,674
6,181 miles from location Kaskaskia College Centralia IL 17.5689 n/a 5,337
6,110 miles from location Morton College Cicero IL 12.3642 n/a 5,290
6,173 miles from location Heartland Community College Normal IL 13.4655 n/a 5,266
6,112 miles from location Concordia University River Forest IL 24.8943 25% 5,049
6,107 miles from location Saint Xavier University Chicago IL 62.0777 14% 5,028
6,204 miles from location University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield IL 32.5018 37% 4,977
6,105 miles from location Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Wabash Valley College Mount Carmel IL 20.0365 n/a 4,810
6,100 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College Chicago IL 5.66937 n/a 4,777
6,167 miles from location Kishwaukee College Malta IL 13.1722 n/a 4,735
6,114 miles from location Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais IL 28.6851 66% 4,666
6,103 miles from location Robert Morris University Illinois Chicago IL 24.0041 40% 4,619
6,178 miles from location Illinois Valley Community College Oglesby IL 16.1917 n/a 4,529
6,140 miles from location Aurora University Aurora IL 24.849 36% 4,355
6,107 miles from location Kankakee Community College Kankakee IL 13.4446 n/a 4,298
6,170 miles from location Richland Community College Decatur IL 12.4452 n/a 3,595
6,098 miles from location Danville Area Community College Danville IL 12.2748 n/a 3,584
6,119 miles from location Elmhurst College Elmhurst IL 64.8476 30% 3,363
6,126 miles from location University of St Francis Joliet IL 58.1609 35% 3,352
6,215 miles from location McKendree University Lebanon IL 59.0764 34% 3,284
6,107 miles from location North Park University Chicago IL 24.6829 35% 3,186
6,174 miles from location Shawnee Community College Ullin IL 14.0648 n/a 2,834
6,296 miles from location John Wood Community College Quincy IL 14.7388 n/a 2,757
6,244 miles from location Carl Sandburg College Galesburg IL 14.1935 n/a 2,661
6,198 miles from location Sauk Valley Community College Dixon IL 15.3721 n/a 2,504
6,208 miles from location Highland Community College Freeport IL 15.1624 n/a 2,455
6,170 miles from location Millikin University Decatur IL 61.8731 28% 2,314
6,229 miles from location Spoon River College Canton IL 15.2286 n/a 2,118
6,172 miles from location Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington IL 37.1422 29% 2,066
6,298 miles from location Quincy University Quincy IL 21.8699 29% 1,845
6,105 miles from location Rush University Chicago IL 0.735028 n/a 1,804
6,122 miles from location Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Olney Central College Olney IL 14.4703 n/a 1,627
6,111 miles from location Trinity Christian College Palos Heights IL 26.9291 38% 1,450
6,175 miles from location Rockford College Rockford IL 21.6186 23% 1,341
6,124 miles from location Chamberlain College of Nursing Addison IL 11.9746 100% 669
6,116 miles from location ITT Technical Institute-Orland Park Orland Park IL 26.0399 100% 562
6,237 miles from location MacMurray College Jacksonville IL 28.2629 33% 518
6,203 miles from location Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing Peoria IL 1.68374 n/a 507
6,100 miles from location Lakeview College of Nursing Danville IL 1.65636 n/a 278
6,254 miles from location Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences Rock Island IL 35.8249 57% 264
6,110 miles from location West Suburban College of Nursing Oak Park IL 1.32863 n/a 252
6,299 miles from location Blessing Rieman College of Nursing Quincy IL 17.7105 n/a 222
6,203 miles from location Methodist College of Nursing Peoria IL 1.32218 n/a 198
6,174 miles from location Saint Anthony College of Nursing Rockford IL 1.20293 n/a 188
6,206 miles from location St Johns College Springfield IL 2.17362 n/a 79
6,227 miles from location Graham Hospital School of Nursing Canton IL 20.6777 50% 76

Curious what studying Forensic Nursing gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in Illinois

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Medical and Health Services Managers + n/a $94,760
Forensic Science Technicians + 580 $72,990 -52.8%
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other + 550 $66,560 -90.7%

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