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.

Cost

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.

Salary

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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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)
1
Medical and Health Services Managers n/a $94,760
2
Forensic Science Technicians 580 $72,990 -52.8%
3
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other 550 $66,560 -90.7%
 

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