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Schools Offering Nursing Programs in Illinois


Approximately 4.2% of graduates in of Illinois receive nursing degrees every year. That means an estimated 15,610 nurses graduate from Illinois' 103 nursing schools each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Illinois that has a nursing program is Wheaton College. Wheaton College, which was ranked 21st in the country in 2010, is located in Wheaton. 1 students graduated with a degree in nursing from Wheaton College in 2010. Students at Wheaton College paid $27,580 per year in tuition fees.

Loyola University Chicago, which was ranked 28th nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Illinois that has a nursing program. It is located in Chicago. In 2010, 195 students graduated from Loyola University Chicago nursing program. Students at Loyola University Chicago paid $32,114 per year in tuition fees.

The third-ranked school in Illinois with a nursing program is University of Illinois at Chicago, which is located in Chicago. In 2010, it was ranked 29th nationwide. In 2010, University of Illinois at Chicago graduated 327 students from its nursing programs. University of Illinois at Chicago charged in-state students $12,053 in tuition fees per year.

Cost

Tuition at Illinois' nursing schools ranges from $35,256 per year to $2,194 per year. But, the average tuition is $8,434 per year. The Illinois 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 nursing schools in Illinois that charged the lowest tuition rates 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 nursing degree from an Illinois school... what next?

Many Illinois nursing graduates become a licensed practical nurse, family nurse practitioner, critical care clinical nurse specialist, and patient care assistant. 202,100 nurses were working in Illinois in 2010. Of these, 120,810 were registered nurses. In addition, 23,200 were licensed practical nurses, and 550 were family nurse practitioners. The following counties have the largest number of Illinois nurses:

  1. Cook County - 123,370 nurses
  2. Lake County - 11,640 nurses
  3. Adams County - 10,060 nurses

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of nurses is expected to grow by 17% by 2018. There are projected to be 251,430 nurses working in Illinois then. Of these 251,430 nurses, the government predicts that 133,770 will be registered nurses, 29,700 will be licensed practical nurses, and 4,410 will be family nurse practitioners.

Salary

On average, nurses earn a salary of $58,662 per year in Illinois state. However, Illinois nurse earned anywhere in the range from as less than $16,040 per year to more than $154,480 per year in 2010. Nurses in the following Illinois counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Cook County - $62,976 per year
  2. Lake County - $58,715 per year
  3. Vermilion County - $55,013 per year

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

  1. Kankakee County - $43,343 per year
  2. Clark County - $44,443 per year
  3. Edwards County - $46,426 per year

On average, the highest paid nurses in Illinois were:

  1. Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist - $94,760 per year
  2. Registered Nurse - $66,660 per year
  3. Family Nurse Practitioner - $66,560 per year

The nurses with lowest average salaries in Illinois were:

  1. Licensed Practical Nurse - $41,080 per year
  2. Patient Care Assistant - $24,250 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in nursing in Illinois and to compare salaries with various related fields such as nurse assisting or LPN, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

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

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

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
6,103 miles from location Citi College of Allied Health Chicago IL n/a n/a n/a
6,201 miles from location Midwest Technical Institute East Peoria IL n/a n/a n/a
6,129 miles from location Americare Institute Hanover Park IL n/a n/a n/a
6,118 miles from location SOLEX College Wheeling IL n/a n/a n/a
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
6,103 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Chicago IL 6.60952 n/a 8,464
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
6,103 miles from location National-Louis University Chicago IL 13.8491 56% 6,385
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
6,139 miles from location Southeastern Illinois College Harrisburg IL 13.8934 n/a 2,941
6,127 miles from location Wheaton College Wheaton IL 79.0634 46% 2,920
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
6,138 miles from location Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Frontier Community Coll Fairfield IL 20.2739 n/a 2,009
6,115 miles from location Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science North Chicago IL 0.228893 n/a 1,915
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
6,100 miles from location Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Lincoln Trail College Robinson IL 19.6738 n/a 1,231
6,103 miles from location East-West University Chicago IL 9.8531 n/a 1,060
6,203 miles from location Midwest Technical Institute Springfield IL 20.1596 n/a 903
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
6,114 miles from location Illinois School of Health Careers-O'Hare Campus Chicago IL 22.5057 n/a 362
6,100 miles from location Lakeview College of Nursing Danville IL 1.65636 n/a 278
6,105 miles from location The College of Office Technology Chicago IL 26.6156 n/a 276
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
0 miles from location Illinois School of Health Careers Chicago IL 15.6549 n/a 252
6,299 miles from location Blessing Rieman College of Nursing Quincy IL 17.7105 n/a 222
6,205 miles from location Capital Area School of Practical Nursing Springfield IL 31.1217 n/a 205
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
6,222 miles from location Beck Area Career Center-Red Bud Red Bud IL 42.4709 100% 97
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
6,107 miles from location NorthShore University HealthSystem School of Nurse Anesthesia Evanston IL 0.00753016 n/a 63
 

Curious what studying 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
Registered Nurses + 120,810 $66,660 17.9%
3
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants + 57,540 $24,250 0.0%
4
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses + 23,200 $41,080 -2.2%
5
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other + 550 $66,560 -90.7%
 

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