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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.


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.


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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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Medical and Health Services Managers n/a $94,760
Registered Nurses 120,810 $66,660 17.9%
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants 57,540 $24,250 0.0%
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 23,200 $41,080 -2.2%
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other 550 $66,560 -90.7%

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