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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

#1 Associate Degree in Nursing

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

#2 Associate Degree in Nursing

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%

#3 Associate Degree in Nursing

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.

#4 Associate Degree in Nursing

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.

#5 Associate Degree in Nursing

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.

#6 Associate Degree in Nursing

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.

#7 Associate Degree in Nursing

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.

#8 Associate Degree in Nursing

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.

#9 Associate Degree in Nursing

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%

#10 Associate Degree in Nursing

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%

#11 Associate Degree in Nursing

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.

#12 Associate Degree in Nursing

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.

#13 Associate Degree in Nursing

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.

#14 Associate Degree in Nursing

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.

#15 Associate Degree in Nursing

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%

#16 Associate Degree in Nursing

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%

#17 Associate Degree in Nursing

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%

#18 Associate Degree in Nursing

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.

#19 Associate Degree in Nursing

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.

#20 Associate Degree in Nursing

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

#1 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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

#2 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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%

#3 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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%

#4 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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%

#5 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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%

#6 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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

#7 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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

#8 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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

#9 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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%

#10 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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%

#11 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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

#12 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

St John's College of Nursing

Department of Nursing

85.93% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 729 E. Carpenter St, Springfield, IL - 62702
  • (217) 525-5628
Nurse Admin: Judy Shackelford, PhD, MS, RN, CNE
Title: Academic Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 85.93%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 18
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: N/A
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: N/A
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $1,039,234
  • 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

Illinois Nursing Schools with the Most Degree Types

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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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