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9th Annual Illinois RN Program Rankings by RNCareers.org

To help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at RNCareers.org publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both Illinois and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 41 ADN degree programs and 30 BSN degree programs in Illinois. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in Illinois to provide our state rankings. View our methodology

If you are considering becoming a nurse or advancing your current nursing degree, Illinois offers a promising career outlook for nurses. In light of the critical nursing shortage, competitive salary ranges, and high-quality educational opportunities, nurses in Illinois can anticipate a bright future with ample job opportunities, attractive compensation, and prospects for career advancement.

According to state projections, Illinois will require 142,890 new RNs by 2030, translating to approximately 7,870 new nurses each year. This need for new nurses places Illinois sixth in the U.S. for the number of new RNs required by 2030.

With more than 89 nursing schools in Illinois, it can be difficult to decide which program is best for your career. Thirty-one programs are accredited by the CCNE while 44 are accredited by the ACEN. The good news is that most of the nursing programs in Illinois are accredited, which isn't always the case for some states. Attending an accredited program helps ensure that students receive a high-quality nursing education and can transfer their credits from one accredited institution to another.

When it comes to the NCLEX passing rate for Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students in the state pass within a range of between 16.67% and 100.00%. With a number of schools having such a low NCLEX passing rate, you are going to want to steer clear of those programs. You will find quality schools that have a high passing rate.

On the positive site, after passing the NCLEX, the nursing profession in Illinois offers competitive compensation. RNs in the state earn an average annual salary of $78,260, or $37.63 per hour, with salary ranges extending from $52,080 to $111,220. Illinois ranks 19th in the U.S. for RN salaries and 17th when adjusted for cost-of-living. These figures reflect the value placed on nursing expertise and the vital role that RNs play in the healthcare system.

With 4% of U.S. RNs working in Illinois and a current total of 129,260 RNs employed in the state, Illinois ranks seventh in the U.S. for the total number of RNs employed. For individuals seeking a career that combines purpose, growth potential, and competitive compensation, nursing in Illinois presents a compelling choice.

RN Programs in Illinois

Best ADN Programs in Illinois

Ambria College of Nursing

97.33% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 5210 Trillium Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL - 60192
  • (847) 397-0300
Nurse Admin: Sharon Ortega, MSN-Ed, RN, CNE-cl
Title: Director of Nursing Education
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 97.33%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 7
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: N/A
  • Book and Supplies: $3,573
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $2,521
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

Black Hawk College

96.89% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 6600-34th Avenue, Moline, IL - 61265-5899
  • (309) 796-5000
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 96.89%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 94
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $4,470
  • Book and Supplies: $7,650
  • Percent Received Aid: 48%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,557
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 35%

McHenry County College

96.67% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 8900 US Hwy 14, Crystal Lake, IL - 60012-2761
  • (815) 455-3700
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 96.67%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 89
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $3,862
  • Book and Supplies: $14,449
  • Percent Received Aid: 55%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,633
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 32%

McHenry County College is located in Crystal Lake, Illinois.  Their nursing department offers an AAS degree and an LPN to AAS degree.  McHenry County College also offers an RN to BSN Partnership Program with Aurora University  - Woodstock Center.  If enrolled in this program, McHenry nursing students will have direct admission to Aurora's RN to BSN program.

Joliet Junior College

96.52% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL - 60431-8938
  • (815) 729-9020
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 96.52%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 208
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $4,440
  • Book and Supplies: $13,410
  • Percent Received Aid: 55%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,002
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 18%

Joliet Junior College is located in Joliet, Illinois.  The College of Nursing at Joliet Junior College offers a practical nursing program, a military corpsman to practical nurse program, an RN program and an LPN transition to RN program.  Their LPN to RN program is competitive and their admission requirements are more rigorous than other LPN to RN programs; for example, an exam that predicts success on the NCLEX-RN must be taken prior to admittance into the program.

Southeastern Illinois College

95.56% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 3575 College Road, Harrisburg, IL - 62946
  • (618) 252-5400
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 95.56%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 33
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $4,140
  • Book and Supplies: $6,360
  • Percent Received Aid: 96%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,064
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 40%

Southeastern Illinois College was founded in 1960 and is located in Harrisburg, IL. They offer an ACEN accredited ADN program that gives students in-depth training in general nursing as well as in specialty sectors such as obstetrics and pediatrics. The nursing program is a two-semester program that begins each fall and accepts 30 students annually. Their program is designed so that students first complete the Practical Nursing program, after which students may practice as licensed practical nurses. Or they may choose to reapply and continue to earn their ADN agree. This strategy aims to concentrate ADN students who are serious and passionate about the field.

Students benefit from small class sizes, engaged peers, and faculty members who offer guidance in academics and career planning. Students are admitted based on their TEAS score, though other factors are weighed in as well. Southeastern Illinois College has an active nursing club that engages with the community through service and advocacy, aiming to increase the presence and voices of aspiring nurses as well as those of nursing professionals.

Southwestern Illinois College

95.48% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 2500 Carlyle Ave, Belleville, IL - 62221-5899
  • (618) 235-2700
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 95.48%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 136
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $3,660
  • Book and Supplies: $5,940
  • Percent Received Aid: 62%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $2,727
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 28%

Southwestern Illinois College has locations in Belleville, Granite City and Red Bud, Illinois.  They offer an RN program.  They also have an LPN Articulation program.  This program allows LPNs to take prerequisite classes as required; if all classes are passed successfully in the allotted time frame, "escrowed" credits will be awarded.  If the LPN does not want to go through this process, they may opt to enroll in the general RN program.

John A Logan College

95.33% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 700 Logan College Drive, Carterville, IL - 62918-2500
  • (618) 985-3741
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 95.33%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 71
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $4,310
  • Book and Supplies: $6,980
  • Percent Received Aid: 75%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,700
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 22%

John A. Logan College is located in Carterville, IL. They offer an ACEN accredited ADN program that only admits students who have completed a Practical Nursing program and have obtained their LPN license. The program does have two options for curriculum delivery, either traditionally or in a hybrid format. Do note that students can enroll in JALC’s PN program, but they cannot immediately transition into the ADN program. Students must work and gain experience for one year after licensure before applying to the ADN program.

John A. Logan College fosters a diverse and supportive student community. The nursing program is rooted in Maslow’s theory of needs, aiming to prepare students who can resolve those lower, physiological needs of their patients so that they can go back out into the world pursuing their desired paths. Students will be trained to provide competent, evidence-based care, and will be guided by a supportive group of faculty and peers.

Kaskaskia College

94.67% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 27210 College Rd, Centralia, IL - 62801
  • (618) 545-3000
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 94.67%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 68
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $4,560
  • Book and Supplies: $12,330
  • Percent Received Aid: 95%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,795
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 29%

Kaskaskia College offers an Associate Nursing Degree (ADN) Program, a Nurse Assistant Certificate (CNA), and a Practical Nursing Certificate (LPN). The ADN Program is ACEN accredited and boasts a 96% NCLEX-RN pass rate and 100% job placement. New students are admitted four times per year. This program focuses on students’ ability to provide nursing care in various settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physician’s offices, and community agencies. Kaskaskia’s Nursing Education Center has a simulation lab and convenient clinical sites.

Completion of the Nurse Assistant Certificate Program leads to the CNA credential. After completion of the seven-week program, students can provide basic care and assist patients with activities of daily living.

The Practical Nursing Certificate (LPN) program is three semesters long and admits new students twice a year. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN exam. This program prepares students to work in a variety of healthcare settings under the supervision of a Registered Nurse or Physician.

College of DuPage

94.56% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL - 60137-6599
  • (630) 942-2800
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 94.56%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 267
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $4,140
  • Book and Supplies: $11,850
  • Percent Received Aid: 72%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,941
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 22%

Kankakee Community College

93.93% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 100 College Drive, Kankakee, IL - 60901
  • (815) 802-8100
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 93.93%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 63
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $4,950
  • Book and Supplies: $25,560
  • Percent Received Aid: 74%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,852
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 33%

Oakton Community College

93.59% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1600 E Golf Rd., Des Plaines, IL - 60016-1268
  • (847) 635-1600
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 93.59%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 149
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $3,985
  • Book and Supplies: $12,462
  • Percent Received Aid: 55%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,661
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 28%

Oakton Community College is located in Des Plaines, Illinois.  There is also a campus in Skokie, Illinois.  They offer an RN program and an LPN to RN bridge program.  The RN program is offered twice yearly, whereas the bridge program is only offered once per year.  The LPN seeking entrance into their program must have a minimum of two years of nursing experience prior to admission.

Heartland Community College

92.63% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL - 61761-9446
  • (309) 268-8000
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.63%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 80
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $5,070
  • Book and Supplies: $14,550
  • Percent Received Aid: 66%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,018
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 42%

Heartland Community College offers an ACEN accredited Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, a one-year Practical Nursing Certificate Sequence, as well as an LPN to ADN Program. The AAS is a two year program with an optional preparation course for the NCLEX-PN exam to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Admission to this program is selective, limited to 40 students per year. Applications are accepted starting October 1st through March 1st.

The LPN to ADN Program is an accelerated program that results in an Associate Degree in Nursing. This option allows LPN licensed students who have worked 1000 hours to complete the second year classes in 2-3 semesters, and additionally prepares them for the NCLEX-RN exam. Applications for this program are accepted from October 1st through January 15th.

Collaborative partnerships with Illinois State University and other 4-year universities are also offered, allowing students to complete a baccalaureate in nursing. There’s an additional pathway for those seeking a transfer preparation program, the Associate in Arts (AA) with a Concentration in Nursing. It’s a 60-credit hour program especially tailored for those seeking to finish their studies at a 4-year university in Illinois.

HCC’s nursing school equips students with theoretical knowledge and technical skills to excel in the nursing industry. With a focus on improving patient’s quality of life and helping them regain their health, the program also places a focus on students’ ability to function as a core member of a healthcare team. Admission to this program is selective, limited to 40 students per year.

William Rainey Harper College

91.22% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL - 60067-7398
  • (847) 925-6000
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 91.22%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 198
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $3,702
  • Book and Supplies: $11,682
  • Percent Received Aid: 76%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,921
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 35%

Harper College is located in Palatine, Illinois.  Their nursing department graduated their first RNs in 1967.  They offer a practical nursing program, and RN program and an RN to BSN completion program.  Harper College is partnered with Benedictine University to offer the RN to BSN program on the Harper College campus for its RNs.

Elgin Community College

91.07% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL - 60123-7193
  • (847) 697-1000
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 91.07%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 133
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $3,180
  • Book and Supplies: $9,516
  • Percent Received Aid: 50%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,131
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 42%

Elgin Community College is located in Elgin, Illinois.  Elgin Community College has a variety of degree options; many of these associate's degrees are designed so that after completion, the graduate can enter a university seamlessly and complete their bachelor's degree.  They offer an RN program and offer their students guidance throughout the program, should they want to complete a BSN degree after graduation.

CCC-School of Nursing at Malcolm X

89.48% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1900 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL - 60612-3197
  • (312) 850-7000
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 89.48%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 114
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $4,380
  • Book and Supplies: $14,430
  • Percent Received Aid: 86%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,493
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 23%

Lincoln Land Community College

89.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 5250 Shepherd Rd, Springfield, IL - 62794-9256
  • (217) 786-2200
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 89.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 118
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $3,612
  • Book and Supplies: $10,068
  • Percent Received Aid: 75%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,122
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 38%

Moraine Valley Community College

87.81% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL - 60465-0937
  • (708) 974-4300
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 87.81%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 186
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $3,678
  • Book and Supplies: $9,414
  • Percent Received Aid: 66%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $7,510
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 29%

Kishwaukee College

87.11% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 21193 Malta Rd, Malta, IL - 60150-9699
  • (815) 825-2086
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 87.11%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 56
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $4,980
  • Book and Supplies: $13,800
  • Percent Received Aid: 93%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,245
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 41%

Kishwaukee College is located in Malta, Illinois.  Their nursing program began in 1970, but evolved into an RN program in 1975.  They graduate 80 new RNs yearly.  At this time, their program is strictly an RN program, without an LPN to RN option.

Rock Valley College

86.93% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 3301 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, IL - 61114-5699
  • (815) 921-7821
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 86.93%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 123
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $4,124
  • Book and Supplies: $17,564
  • Percent Received Aid: 61%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,821
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 36%

Rock Valley College is located in Rockford, Illinois.  They offer an AAS RN degree.  Rock Valley College also has a partnership with five local universities (Indiana-Wesleyan University, Northern Illinois University, Olivet-Nazarene University, St. Anthony College of Nursing and University of Illinois in Chicago); these universities offer RN to BSN programs that Rock Valley College RN graduates may attend after passing their NCLEX-RN.

Shawnee College

86.85% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 8364 Shawnee College Rd, Ullin, IL - 62992
  • (618) 634-3200
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 86.85%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 31
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $4,200
  • Book and Supplies: $6,720
  • Percent Received Aid: 76%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $7,416
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 49%

Best BSN Programs in Illinois

Saint Anthony College of Nursing

Health Sciences Center

96.74% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford, IL - 61114
  • (815) 282-7900
Nurse Admin: Charlene Aaron, PhD, RN
Title: President and Chief Nurse Administrator
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 96.74%
  • Programs: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, CNL, Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: APRN Certificate, Bachelor, BSN to DNP, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 22
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,000
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: N/A
  • Percent Admitted: 100%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 67%
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

Saint Anthony College of Nursing is located in Rockford, IL. Their health sciences facility is located on the campus of Rock Valley College, which provides for an interdisciplinary campus and student experience. They offer a BSN program and an RN to BSN track. All programs are CCNE accredited. Saint Anthony’s additionally offers high school students the chance to reserve a seat in the BSN program beginning in the fall, two years after high school graduation. Students must take general education and pre-nursing requirements at other institutions before enrolling into the BSN program at Saint Anthony’s.

The RN to BSN program is 18 months long and offers classes during the evening and afternoon, making it possible for RNs to incorporate an academic curriculum into their schedules. The school is owned and operated by OSF HealthCare, and provides nursing education that deeply integrates Christian values and the example of Francis of Assisi. OSF HealthCare has a rich and extensive history for its efforts to care for those in need and saving lives.

Western Illinois University

School of Nursing

95.33% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL - 61455
  • (309) 298-1414
Nurse Admin: P. Lea Lea Monahan, PhD, RN
Title: Director
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 95.33%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 441
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,200
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 93%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $8,636
  • Percent Admitted: 67%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 21%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%

Lewis University

College of Nursing and Health Professions

95.15% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • One University Parkway, Romeoville, IL - 60446-2200
  • (815) 838-0500
Nurse Admin: Pamela H. Taylor, PhD, APRN-FPA, FNP-BC
Title: Graduate Nursing Chairperson
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 95.15%
  • Programs: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, APRN Certificate, Bachelor, BSN to DNP, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 224
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,500
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $18,202
  • Percent Admitted: 66%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 14%
  • Graduation Rate: 70%

Lewis University is located in Romeoville, Illinois.  Their nursing department offers a few options for its nursing students: a pre-licensure program, which is a general BSN program, a pre-licensure accelerated program, which is designed for students already holding a bachelor's degree, and an RN to BSN program.

Trinity Christian College

Department of Nursing

94.07% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 6601 W College Dr, Palos Heights, IL - 60463-0929
  • (708) 597-3000
Nurse Admin: Tina M. Decker, DNR RN, CNS
Title: Chair
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 94.07%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 67
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,100
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $16,084
  • Percent Admitted: 64%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 23%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%

Trinity Christian College is a private Christian college located in Palos Heights, Illinois. The nursing school offers a four-year BSN program that comes with an integrated minor in science. Trinity’s nursing program is the only nursing school in the Chicago area with a 100% NCLEX pass rate in 2015 and 2016 and has continued to earn that perfect score each consecutive year.

The program prepares students academically and clinically for the patient’s physical, spiritual, and mental needs. The coursework incorporates knowledge from the humanities and the natural, social, and nursing sciences to cultivate a holistic understanding of nursing care. The program offers small class sizes and state-of-the-art facilities, providing a comprehensive and hands-on experience grounded in a Christian environment. Trinity Christian College’s nursing program has an excellent reputation in Illinois, attracting a strong, albeit small yet dedicated group of students. The college offers a robust program and is accessible to most interested students with an 88% acceptance rate.

Mennonite Nursing at Illinois State University

Mennonite College of Nursing

93.78% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • North and School Streets, Normal, IL - 61790-1000
  • (309) 438-2111
Nurse Admin: Judy L. Neubranden, EdD, FNP-BC, CNE
Title: Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 93.78%
  • Programs: CNL, Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, APRN Certificate, Bachelor, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 915
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $15,319
  • Book and Supplies: $830
  • Percent Received Aid: 94%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $8,840
  • Percent Admitted: 81%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 27%
  • Graduation Rate: 68%

Illinois State University is located in Normal, Illinois and was founded in 1857. The Mennonite College of Nursing has a BSN program that extends over 4 semesters of full-time studies in traditional nursing. They also offer an accelerated second degree program and an online RN to BSN program. They offer various graduate programs as well. Their facilities include an extensive simulation lab that looks just like a real hospital, complete with four patient rooms, crash carts, a patient call system, a medication dispensing system, and a nurses station.

The college has a vibrant student community, with a nurses association as well as a specific group for men in nursing, providing extra support for a minority demographic in the nursing field. Students enrolling in the traditional program can do so annually in the fall. The RN to BSN program has spring and fall start options, and the accelerated program begins in May, and ends fifteen months later.

MacMurray College

93.70% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 447 East College Ave, Jacksonville, IL - 62650-2590
  • 2174797043
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 93.70%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, LPN to BSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty:
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: N/A
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: N/A
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: N/A
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

MacMurray College is a private Christian institution located in Jacksonville, Illinois that offers a four-year, CCNE accredited BSN program, as well as an online RN to BSN program. MacMurray’s BSN program is a unique program that integrates a liberal arts core while preparing graduates for professional nursing practice, graduate education, and ongoing career development.

The program’s focus lies in the extensive development of students’ knowledge, values, and competencies that ensure they can provide safe, high quality nursing care for diverse populations in various settings. The coursework further equips students with the clinical reasoning, communication skills, understanding of healthcare policies and systems, and management technology necessary to be a strong member of a healthcare team.

To be admitted to the MacMurray’s nursing program, the applicant must met the following minimum requirements: 2.75/4.00 high school GPA, ACT composite of 20 or 1020 on the SAT, 2 semesters of chemistry with a grade C or better within the last 5 years. Students can enroll twice a year, in the fall or spring semester.

Olivet Nazarene University

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

92.11% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • One University Avenue, Bourbonnais, IL - 60914-2271
  • (815) 939-5011
Nurse Admin: Tiffany Greer, PhD, RN
Title: Associated Dean, School of Nursing
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.11%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: APRN Certificate, Bachelor, MSN, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 124
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $850
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $25,132
  • Percent Admitted: 67%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 18%
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

Blessing Rieman College of Nursing

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences

91.59% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 3609 North Marx Drive, Quincy, IL - 62305-7005
  • (217) 228-5520
Nurse Admin: Brenda K. Beshears, PhD, RN
Title: President
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 91.59%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, LPN to BSN, MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 31
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: N/A
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: N/A
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $1,643,499
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing is located in Quincy, Illinois.  They offer a basic-track BSN program and an RN to BSN program.  They also offer a variety of advanced degrees; unique to their program is the RN to MSN program, which allows the RN to bypass the BSN and obtain and an advanced degree.

Bradley University

Department of Nursing

91.41% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1501 W BRADLEY AVE, Peoria, IL - 61625-0001
  • (309) 676-7611
Nurse Admin: Rachel Barton, PhD, MSN, FNP-FPA, NRCME
Title: Chairperson
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 91.41%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursingg, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, APRN Certificate, Bachelor, BSN to DNP, LPN to BSN, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 326
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,200
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $20,726
  • Percent Admitted: 73%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 14%
  • Graduation Rate: 76%

Founded in 1897, Bradley University is a private university in Bradley Ave., Peoria. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It also has received numerous awards, among these are from U.S. News and World Report, and the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education. With an average class size of 17 students, it has 340+ full-time faculty members with a 1:12 faculty to student ratio. Its curriculum places emphasis on experiential and global learning opportunities, wherein all classes are taught by faculty, of which 79% possess doctorate or terminal degrees.

The Accelerated Nursing (ABSN 2nd Degree) is one of the programs offered by the Nursing Department under the College of Education and Health Sciences. This 15-month program allows individuals who have completed a non-nursing bachelor’s degree to obtain their BSN degree.

Students of this program will be mentored through one-on-one advising by faculty, and will also have the chance to network and establish professional connections through exposure to several organizations such as the Nurses Christian Fellowship, Theta Tau Honor Society, and the Bradley Nursing Student Association. In terms of experiences, Bradley University is also situated in a growing medical community, with three major hospitals in the city.

Prerequisites and required courses for this program are composed of 31 and 59 hours of coursework, respectively. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN® exam), and pursue a career in the healthcare industry.

Loyola University - Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

89.74% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1032 W. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL - 60660
  • (773) 274-3000
Nurse Admin: Lorna Finnegan, PhD, RN, FAAN
Title: Dean and Professor
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 89.74%
  • Programs: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, Bachelor, BSN to DNP, BSN to PhD, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 994
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,200
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 99%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $22,025
  • Percent Admitted: 71%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 12%
  • Graduation Rate: 76%

The Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing offers undergraduate (BSN), master’s (MSN), and doctoral programs (DNP and PhD) in nursing. All programs are CCNE accredited and fairly competitive, with a 55% acceptance rate.

The BSN program is designed to prepare generalist nurses who can deliver quality and professional care. Students are expected to gain comprehensive knowledge from liberal arts, sciences, and nursing science as a solid basis for professional nursing practice. Graduates are additionally culturally competent, and are able to integrate levels of prevention, quality, and safety principles into their position within a healthcare team.

The MSN program equips students with advanced knowledge and skills to prepare them for leadership roles in inter professional healthcare delivery. This further education shifts its lens to scientific findings in nursing, healthcare, and biopsychosocial fields. Additionally, graduates will be well-prepared for effective leadership, with a strong fluency in ethical and critical decision-making, workplace relations, and systems.

The DNP program offers advanced practice nurses with the highest level of knowledge and skill to provide innovative leadership in the nursing profession. Graduates will have mastered an area of nursing practice and have advanced levels of ethical and moral judgment and decision-making.

The PhD in Nursing is designed to matriculate individuals who are able to initiate a beginning program of research that expands nursing and healthcare knowledge, in addition to a thorough understanding of social, cultural, political, economic, and ethical considerations.

Lakeview College of Nursing

School of Nursing

86.15% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 903 N Logan Ave, Danville, IL - 61832
  • (217) 709-0920
Nurse Admin: Brittany Lawson, MSN, RN, CNE
Title: Dean of Nursing
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 86.15%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, Bachelor, LPN to BSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 16
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: N/A
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: N/A
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $894,938
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

Overview of Nursing Schools in Illinois

  • There are 89 nursing schools in Illinois. The CCNE accredits 36 nursing schools and the ACEN accredits 46 schools in Illinois.
  • Typically, an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) will take between 18 to 24 months to complete, and a Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BSN) will take about 4 years to complete.
  • The average NCLEX passing rate range for ADN students in Illinois is between 54.81% and 97.33%.
  • The average NCLEX passing rate range for BSN students in Illinois is between 40.30% and 96.74%.
  • The average annual salary for registered nurses is between $52,080 to $111,220 a year.
  • Registered Nurses (RN) throughout the country and in Illinois can expect a favorable job growth of 15 percent from 2016 to 2026 which much faster than the average for all occupations.

Illinois RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN Programs ADN BSN
Number of Nursing Programs 46 37
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 85.82% 83.55%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 54.81% to 97.33% 40.30% to 96.74%

Nursing Programs Offered by Illinois Nursing Schools

  • Registered Nursing: 81
  • Family Nurse Practitioner: 16
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: 8
  • CNL: 8
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: 3
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: 3
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner: 2
  • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner: 2
  • Administration, Research or Clinical Nursing: 1
  • Emergency Nurse Practitioner: 1
  • Nursing Administration: 1
  • Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing: 1
  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: 1
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: 1

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RNs who wish to become advanced practice registered nurses will want to pursue any number of avenues to earn Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Earning a Master of Science in Nursing consists of graduate-level coursework and clinical practice for those nurses who wish to direct patient roles such as a nurse practitioner. You can also pursue indirect patient roles such as teaching or leadership roles, or become involved in policy, state-wide health initiatives or community engagement. There are many clinical and non-clinical avenues that an RN with MSN can pursue.

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