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Schools Offering Nursing Programs in Illinois


Each year, roughly 1.6% of Illinois students graduate with degrees in nursing. In other words, every year an estimated 5,938 registered nurses graduate from Illinois' 84 RN schools.

Top Schools

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

The second-ranked school in Illinois with a RN program is University of Illinois at Chicago, which is located in Chicago. In 2010, it was ranked 29th nationwide. In 2010, 158 students graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago RN program. Tuition at University of Illinois at Chicago was $12,053 per year.

Elmhurst College, which is located in Elmhurst, is the third-ranked school in Illinois that has a RN program. It received a ranking of 35th in the country in 2010. In 2010, Elmhurst College graduated 77 students from its RN programs. Students at Elmhurst College paid $28,660 per year in tuition fees.

Cost

If you are hoping to attend one of Illinois' RN schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $9,073 per year, though tuition can range from $35,256 per year to $2,194 per year. In 2010, the following Illinois RN schools had the highest tuition rates:

  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 lowest tuition rates at Illinois RN schools were charged at the following schools:

  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 RN degree from an Illinois school... what next?

Most people who graduate from RN school in Illinois go on to work as a registered nurse. If you decide to work as a registered nurse in Illinois, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 120,810 Illinois registered nurses as of 2010. The Illinois counties with the largest populations of registered nurses are:

  1. Cook County - 76,600 registered nurses
  2. Lake County - 6,820 registered nurses
  3. Marshall County - 4,950 registered nurses

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2018, an estimated 133,770 registered nurses will be working in Illinois state. This would require the number of registered nurses to grow by 20%.

Salary

On average, a registered nurse earns a salary of $66,660 per year in Illinois state. However, Illinois registered nurses earned anywhere in the range from as less than $33,310 per year to more than $98,770 per year in 2010. On average a registered nurse earns the most in the following Illinois counties:

  1. Lake County - $71,900 per year
  2. Cook County - $71,010 per year
  3. Vermilion County - $64,940 per year

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

  1. Clark County - $48,690 per year
  2. McLean County - $54,690 per year
  3. Edwards County - $55,080 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 forensic nursing.

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
  • Certificate in Nursing in Illinois

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
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Registered Nurses 120,810 $66,660 17.9%
 

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