LVN in Illinois

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Schools Offering Nursing Programs in Illinois

Approximately 0.5% of graduates in of Illinois receive nursing certificates every year. That means an estimated 1,691 licensed vocational nurses graduate from Illinois' 36 LVN schools each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Illinois with a LVN program is Saint Xavier University, which is located in Chicago. In 2010, it was ranked 38th nationwide. no students graduated with a certificate in LVN from Saint Xavier University in 2010. Tuition at Saint Xavier University was $25,520 per year.

The second-ranked school in Illinois with a LVN program is Beck Area Career Center-Red Bud, which is located in Red Bud. In 2010, it was ranked 58th nationwide. In 2010, Beck Area Career Center-Red Bud graduated 48 students from its LVN program.

Capital Area School of Practical Nursing, which is located in Springfield, is the third-ranked school in Illinois that has a LVN program. It received a ranking of 69th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 187 students graduated from Capital Area School of Practical Nursing LVN program. The tuition rate at Capital Area School of Practical Nursing was $0 per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of Illinois' LVN schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $3,404 per year, though tuition can range from $25,520 per year to $2,194 per year. In 2010, the LVN schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Illinois were:

  1. Saint Xavier University - located in Chicago, students are charged $25,520 per year
  2. College of DuPage - located in Glen Ellyn, students are charged $4,128 per year
  3. Carl Sandburg College - located in Galesburg, students are charged $4,035 per year

The LVN 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. Rock Valley College - located in Rockford, students are charged $2,400 per year
  3. Illinois Valley Community College - located in Oglesby, students are charged $2,434 per year

A LVN certificate from an Illinois school... what next?

Most people who graduate from LVN school in Illinois go on to work as a licensed vocational nurse. If you decide to work as a licensed vocational nurse in Illinois, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 23,200 Illinois licensed vocational nurses as of 2010. The Illinois counties with the largest populations of licensed vocational nurses are:

  1. Cook County - 11,240 licensed vocational nurses
  2. Adams County - 1,860 licensed vocational nurses
  3. Edwards County - 1,400 licensed vocational nurses

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of licensed vocational nurses is expected to grow by 20% by 2018. There are projected to be 29,700 licensed vocational nurses working in the Illinois then.


On average, a licensed vocational nurse earns a salary of $41,080 per year in Illinois state. However, Illinois licensed vocational nurses earned anywhere in the range from as less than $18,990 per year to more than $61,030 per year in 2010. A licensed vocational nurse in the following Illinois counties makes the highest salaries on average:

  1. Lake County - $45,760 per year
  2. Cook County - $44,390 per year
  3. Boone County - $43,890 per year

A licensed vocational nurse in the following counties in Illinois make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Edwards County - $30,680 per year
  2. Adams County - $33,620 per year
  3. Clark County - $34,680 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Illinois statistics regarding a career in nursing. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as nurse assisting or RN.

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

  • Certificate in 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
6,126 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
6,200 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
6,139 miles from location Elgin Community College Elgin IL 15.1103 n/a 11,704
6,134 miles from location Parkland College Champaign IL 15.5147 n/a 9,633
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
6,138 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
6,103 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College Chicago IL 7.01976 n/a 7,180
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
6,181 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
6,107 miles from location Saint Xavier University Chicago IL 62.0777 14% 5,028
6,105 miles from location Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Wabash Valley College Mount Carmel IL 20.0365 n/a 4,810
6,167 miles from location Kishwaukee College Malta IL 13.1722 n/a 4,735
6,178 miles from location Illinois Valley Community College Oglesby IL 16.1917 n/a 4,529
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
6,139 miles from location Southeastern Illinois College Harrisburg IL 13.8934 n/a 2,941
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
6,229 miles from location Spoon River College Canton IL 15.2286 n/a 2,118
6,122 miles from location Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Olney Central College Olney IL 14.4703 n/a 1,627
6,205 miles from location Capital Area School of Practical Nursing Springfield IL 31.1217 n/a 205
6,222 miles from location Beck Area Career Center-Red Bud Red Bud IL 42.4709 100% 97

Curious what studying LVN gets you?

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses + 23,200 $41,080 -2.2%

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