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RN Nursing Programs in Illinois, IL

Work as a Registered Nurse in Illinois

Registered Nurses comprise the biggest group of health care professionals in Illinois and make, on average, $71,000 per year (according to BLS.gov) plus benefits—not bad for a license that can be obtained after two years of study. But this is not to say that working as a Registered Nurse is easy. RNs in Illinois may have to work irregular hours, such as weekends, nights, and holidays, and bear the weight of great responsibility when it comes to individuals under their care. From management of Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nurse Assistants, to complicated decision making procedures and critical patient care, the decisions they make can affect dozens of people’s lives on a daily basis. For those looking for a challenging and rewarding career in health care, working as a Registered Nurse in Illinois is certainly an attractive option.

Becoming an RN in Illinois: ADN and BSN

Perhaps the quickest way to become a licensed RN in Illinois is via a two-year Associate Degree, Nursing (ADN). ADNs are widely available and, although they take two years, usually are preceded by general admission to a college or university and subsequent application to a nursing department. Around ten courses, spread out over two semesters, in math, English, psychology, biology and chemistry, with a minimum of a C average, are required before even applying to a nursing program. With competitive entry based highly on grades, the minimum will not always guarantee acceptance, so it is advisable to achieve exceptional grades before application.

From communication to psychology, math, physiology and microbiology, prerequisites for an ADN prepare students for the technical, psychological, and emotional aspects that are a large part of everyday work in a health care setting. Still, the main focus is targeted nursing courses that cover everything from emotional support and theory to clinical practice. In short, an ADN provides prepares students to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) and enter the workforce as an entry-level Registered Nurse. To take the examination, students must first apply to the Illinois Board of Nursing and provide evidence of successful completion of a state approved RN program or equivalent within the US, as well as submit to a criminal background check and fingerprinting with the Illinois State Police. Aside from NCLEX fees, the Illinois Board of Nursing also charges a $91 application fee. Once a student passes the NCLEX-RN, they are placed on the Illinois Nursing Registry and are eligible to work as an RN.

A Registered Nurse with an ADN typically finds work in everything from hospitals, which employ 59 percent of RNs nationwide, to clinics, long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, and even health education programs. Regardless of the setting, Registered Nurses must be able to think critically when devising patient care plans and managing LPNs and Certified Nursing Assistants. Indeed, the skill set possessed by a Registered Nurse in Illinois is diverse and can be applied to many different settings, in which RNs typically are given a large amount of responsibility in decision making and patient care processes. However, there is one more path to an RN that affords even greater specialization and opportunity: a Bachelor of Science, Nursing (BSN), which is held by around half the Registered Nurses in Illinois.

A nursing student can pursue a BSN from the outset of their nursing training, after receiving an ADN, or following training and licensure as a Practical Nurse. A four year bachelor’s degree, the first two years are pretty much the same as an ADN. However, in the final two years, courses go beyond the skills and theories learned during the first two years to focus on such specialized topics as pathophysiology, child care, caring for older adults, populations and communities, leadership, advanced theory, nursing research and more. During a BSN, students do a yearly practicum in order to gain workplace experience to supplement their studies, ensuring they leave the program with working knowledge of a health care setting as well as technical and theoretical understanding of the nursing process.

BSNs in Illinois take the focus beyond the baseline knowledge required to practice as a nurse and require students to take their critical thinking skills to the next level, preparing them for a leadership role in a health care setting. They leave the program not only prepared for the NCLEX-RN and work as a RN, but also with research experience and an array of specialized knowledge that can open doors towards a more dynamic career than what is available to ADN equipped Registered Nurses—something worth thinking about when deciding whether to pursue an ADN or a BSN.

 

Illinois Hospitals with Active RN (Registered Nursing) Programs

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            Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital - Lincoln
            Addison Medical Center - Addison
            Adventist Midwest Health
            Bolingbrook Hospital - Bolingbrook
            Bolingbrook Medical Center - Bolingbrook
            GlenOaks Hospital - Glendale Heights
            Hinsdale Hospital - Hinsdale
            La Grange Memorial Hospital - La Grange
            Advocate Bethany Hospital - Chicago
            Advocate Christ Medical Center - Oak Lawn
            Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital - Downers Grove
            Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital - Barrington
            Advocate Health Care - Chicago
            Advocate Bethany Hospital - Chicago
            Advocate Christ Medical Center - Oak Lawn
            Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital - Downers Grove
            Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital - Barrington
            Advocate Hope Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn
            Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center - Chicago
            Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital - Park Ridge
            Advocate Lutheran General Hospital - Park Ridge
            Advocate South Suburban Hospital - Hazel Crest
            Advocate Trinity Hospital - Chicago
            Advocate Hope Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn
            Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center - Chicago
            Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital - Park Ridge
            Advocate Lutheran General Hospital - Park Ridge
            Advocate South Suburban Hospital - Hazel Crest
            Advocate Trinity Hospital - Chicago
            Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital - Hoffman Estates
            Alexian Brothers Health Systems - Elk Grove
            Alexian Brothers Medical Center - Elk Grove
            Alton Memorial Hospital - Alton
            Anderson Hospital - Maryville

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            Bethany Hospital - Chicago
            Bethany Methodist Corporation - Chicago
            Methodist Hospital of Chicago - Chicago
            BJC HealthCare
            Alton Memorial Hospital - Alton
            Clay County Hospital - Flora
            Fayette County Hospital - Vandalia
            Blessing Hospital - Quincy
            Bolingbrook Hospital - Bolingbrook
            Bolingbrook Medical Center - Bolingbrook
            BroMenn Healthcare System - Normal
            BroMenn Regional Medical Center - Normal
            Eureka Community Hospital - Eureka
            BroMenn Regional Medical Center - Normal

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            Carle Clinic & Foundation Hospital - Urbana
            Carlinville Area Hospital - Carlinville
            Catholic Health Partners - Chicago
            Chicago Institute for Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch (CINN) - Chicago
            Columbus Hospital - Chicago
            Saint Anthony Hospital - Chicago
            Centegra Health System  (Memorial Medical Center and Northern Illinois Medical Center)  Woodstock
            Central DuPage Hospital - Winfield
            Cermak Health Services - Chicago
            CGH Medical Center - Sterling
            Chicago Comprehensive Aphasia Center - Chicago
            Chicago Institute for Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch (CINN) - Chicago
            Chicago Lakeshore Hospital - Chicago
            Chicago Shriners Hospital - Chicago
            Children's Memorial Hospital - Chicago
            Christ Hospital and Medical Center - Oak Lawn
            Clay County Hospital - Flora
            Columbus Hospital - Chicago
            Community Health Systems
            Crossroads Community Hospital - Mount Vernon
            Gateway Regional Medical Center - Granite City
            Heartland Regional Medical Center - Marion
            Red Bud Regional Hospital - Red Bud
            Community Hospital of Ottawa - Ottawa
            Community Medical Center -  Monmouth
            Community Memorial Hospital - Staunton
            Condell Health Network -  Libertyville
            Cook County Bureau of Health Services - Chicago
            Cermak Health Services - Chicago
            John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital - Chicago
            Oak Forest Hospital - Oak Forest
            Provident Hospital - Chicago
            Ruth M. Rohnstein CORE Center - Chicago
            Crawford Memorial Hospital & Health Services - Robinson
            Crossroads Community Hospital - Mount Vernon
            Culbertson Memorial Hospital - Rushville, Schuyler County

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            Decatur Memorial Hospital - Decatur
            Delnor Community Health System - Geneva
            Dr. John Warner Hospital - Clinton, De Witt County

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            Edward A. Utlaut Memorial Hospital - Greenville
            Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital - Hines, Cook County
            Edward Hospital - Naperville
            Edward Hospital & Health Services - Naperville
            Edward Hospital - Naperville
            Linden Oaks Hospital at Edward - Naperville
            Elmhurst Memorial Health Care - Elmhurst
            Eureka Community Hospital - Eureka
            Evanston Hospital - Evanston
            Evanston Northwestern Healthcare - Evanston
            Evanston Hospital - Evanston
            Glenbrook Hospital - Glenview
            Highland Park Hospital - Highland Park

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            Fairfield Memorial Hospital - Fairfield
            Fayette County Hospital - Vandalia
            Ferrell Hospital - Eldorado
            Franklin Hospital - Benton, Franklin County
            Freeport Health Network - Freeport

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            Galena-Stauss Hospital & Nursing Home - Galena
            Galesburg Cottage Hospital - Galesburg
            Gateway Regional Medical Center - Granite City
            Genesis Health System
            Illini Hospital - Silvis, Rock Island County
            Gibson Area Hospital - Gibson City
            Glenbrook Hospital - Glenview
            GlenOaks Hospital - Glendale Heights
            Good Samaritan Hospital - Downers Grove
            Good Shepherd Hospital - Barrington
            Gottlieb Memorial Hospital - Melrose Park, Cook County
            Graham Hospital - Canton, Fulton County

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            Hamilton Memorial Hospital District - McLeansboro
            Hammond-Henry Hospital - Geneseo
            Hardin County General Hospital & Clinic - Rosiclare, Hardin County
            Harrisburg Medical Center - Harrisburg
            Harvard Memorial Hospital and Bariatric Center - Harvard
            HartGrove Hospital - Chicago
            Heartland Regional Medical Center - Marion
            Herrin Hospital - Herrin
            Highland Park Hospital - Highland Park
            Hillsboro Area Hospital - Hillsboro
            Hinsdale Hospital - Hinsdale
            Holy Cross Hospital - Chicago
            Holy Family Medical Center - Des Plaines
            Hoopeston Regional Health Center - Hoopeston
            Hospital Sisters Health System - Springfield
            Saint Anthony's Memorial Hospital - Effingham
            Saint Elizabeth's Hospital - Belleville
            Saint Francis Hospital  - Litchfield
            Saint John's Hospital - Springfield
            Saint Joseph's Hospital - Breese
            Saint Joseph's Hospital - Highland
            Saint Mary's Hospital - Decatur
            Saint Mary's Hospital - Streator

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            Illini Community Hospital - Pittsfield
            Illini Hospital - Silvis, Rock Island County
            Illinois Masonic Medical Center - Chicago
            Illinois Valley Community Hospital - Peru
            Ingalls Health System - Harvey, Cook County
            Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Peoria
            Iroquois Memorial Hospital & Resident Home - Watseka

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            Jackson Park Hospital & Medical Center - Chicago
            Jersey Community Hospital Medical Campus - Jerseyville, Jersey County
            Jesse Brown VA Medical Center - Chicago
            John and Mary E. Kirby Hospital - Monticello
            John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital - Chicago

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            Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital - Dixon
            Kewanee Hospital - Kewanee
            Kindred Chicago Central Hospital - Chicago
            Kindred Chicago Lakeshore - Chicago
            Kindred Healthcare
            Kindred Chicago Central Hospital - Chicago
            Kindred Chicago Lakeshore - Chicago
            Kindred Hospital Chicago (North Campus) - Chicago
            Kindred Hospital Chicago (Northlake Campus) - Northlake
            Kindred Hospital Sycamore - Sycamore
            Kindred Hospital Chicago (North Campus) - Chicago
            Kindred Hospital Chicago (Northlake Campus) - Northlake
            Kindred Hospital Sycamore - Sycamore
            Kishwaukee Community Hospital - DeKalb
            Kishwaukee Health System - DeKalb
            Kishwaukee Community Hospital - DeKalb
            Valley West Community Hospital - Sandwich
            KSB Hospital - Dixon
            Kindred Chicago Central Hospital - Chicago

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            Lake Forest Hospital - Lake Forest
            La Rabida Children's Hospital - Chicago
            La Grange Memorial Hospital - La Grange
            Lawrence County Memorial Hospital - Lawrenceville
            Linden Oaks Hospital at Edward - Naperville
            Little Company of Mary Hospital - Evergreen Park
            Loretto Hospital - Chicago
            Weiss Memorial Hospital - Chicago
            Loyola University Health System - Maywood
            Lutheran General Hospital - Park Ridge

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            MacNeal Hospital - Berwyn
            Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital - Wheaton
            Marion Memorial Hospital - Marion
            Marion VA Medical Center - Marion
            Marshall Browning Hospital - Du Quoin
            Mason District Hospital - Havana, Mason County
            Massac Memorial Hospital - Metropolis
            Mc Donough District Hospital - Macomb
            Memorial Health System - Springfield
            Memorial Hospital - Belleville
            Memorial Hospital - Carthage
            Memorial Hospital - Chester
            Memorial Hospital of Carbondale - Carbondale
            Memorial Medical Center - Springfield
            Memorial Medical Center - Woodstock
            Mendota Community Hospital - Mendota
            Mercer County Hospital - Aledo, Mercer County
            Mercy Hospital and Medical Center - Chicago
            Methodist Hospital of Chicago - Chicago
            Methodist Medical Center of Illinois - Peoria
            Midwestern Regional Medical Center - Zion
            Morris Hospital - Morris
            Morrison Community Hospital - Morrison
            Mount Sinai Hospital - Chicago

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            North Chicago VA Medical Center - North Chicago
            Northern Illinois Medical Center - McHenry
            Northwest Community Healthcare  - Arlington Heights
            Northwest Suburban Community Hospital - Belvidere
            Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Chicago
            Norwegian American Hospital - Chicago

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            Oak Forest Hospital - Oak Forest
            Oak Park Hospital - Oak Park
            OSF Healthcare System - Peoria
            OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center - Rockford
            OSF Saint Francis Medical Center - Peoria
            OSF Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center - Pontiac
            OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center - Bloomington
            OSF Saint Mary Medical Center - Galesburg
            OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center - Rockford
            OSF Saint Francis Medical Center - Peoria
            OSF Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center - Pontiac
            OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center - Bloomington
            OSF Saint Mary Medical Center - Galesburg
            Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center - Chicago

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            Palos Community Hospital - Palos Heights
            Pana Community Hospital - Pana
            Paris Community Hospital - Paris
            Passavant Area Hospital - Jacksonville
            Pavilion Behavioral Health System, The - Champaign
            Pekin Hospital - Pekin
            Perry Memorial Hospital - Princeton
            Pinckneyville Community Hospital - Pinckneyville
            Prairie Heart Institute - Springfield
            Proctor Hospital - Peoria
            Provena Covenant Medical Center - Urbana
            Provena Mercy Center - Aurora
            Provena Saint Joseph Hospital - Elgin
            Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center - Joliet
            Provena Saint Mary's Hospital - Kankakee
            Provena Saint Therese Medical Center - Waukegan
            Provena United Samaritans Medical Center - Danville
            Provident Hospital - Chicago

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R  
            Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center - Chicago
            Red Bud Regional Hospital - Red Bud
            Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago - Chicago
            Resurrection Health Care - Chicago
            Holy Family Medical Center - Des Plaines
            Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center - Chicago
            Resurrection Medical Center - Chicago
            Saint Elizabeth Medical Center - Chicago
            Saint Francis Hospital - Evanston
            Saint Joseph Hospital - Chicago
            Saint Mary Medical Center - Chicago
            West Suburban Medical Center - Oak Park
            Westlake Hospital - Melrose Park
            Resurrection Medical Center - Chicago
            Richland Memorial Hospital - Olney, Richland County
            Riveredge Hospital - Forest Park
            Riverside HealthCare - Kankakee
            RML Specialty Hospital - Hinsdale
            Rochelle Community Hospital - Rochelle
            Rockford Health System - Rockford
            Roseland Community Hospital - Chicago
            Rush-Copley Medical Center - Aurora
            Rush North Shore Medical Center - Skokie
            Rush University Medical Center - Chicago
            Ruth M. Rohnstein CORE Center - Chicago

S  
            Saint Alexius Medical Center - Hoffman Estates
            Saint Anthony Hospital - Chicago
            Saint Anthony's Health Center - Alton
            Saint Anthony's Hospital - Alton
            Saint Clare's Hospital - Alton
            Saint Anthony's Hospital - Alton
            Saint Anthony's Memorial Hospital - Effingham
            Saint Clare's Hospital - Alton
            Saint Elizabeth Medical Center - Chicago
            Saint Elizabeth's Hospital - Belleville
            Saint Francis Hospital - Evanston
            Saint Francis Hospital  - Litchfield
            Saint Francis Hospital & Health Center - Blue Island
            Saint James Hospital - Chicago Heights & Olympia Fields
            Saint John's Hospital - Springfield
            Saint Joseph Hospital - Chicago
            Saint Joseph Memorial Hospital - Murphysboro
            Saint Joseph's Hospital - Breese
            Saint Joseph's Hospital - Highland
            Saint Margaret's Hospital - Spring Valley
            Saint Mary Medical Center - Chicago
            Saint Marys - Good Samaritan Inc. - Mount Vernon
            Saint Mary's Hospital - Centralia
            Saint Mary's Hospital - Decatur
            Saint Mary's Hospital - East Saint Louis
            Saint Mary's Hospital - Streator
            Saint Vincent Memorial Hospital - Taylorville
            Salem Township Hospital - Salem
            Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center - Mattoon
            Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital - Chicago
            Chicago Comprehensive Aphasia Center - Chicago
            Scott AFB Hospital - Scott Air Force Base
            Shelby Memorial Hospital - Shelbyville
            Sherman Health Systems - Elgin
            Shriners Hospitals for Children - Chicago
            Sinai Health System - Chicago
            Mount Sinai Hospital - Chicago
            Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital - Chicago
            Silver Cross Hospital and Medical Centers - Joliet
            Southern Illinois Healthcare - Carbondale
            Ferrell Hospital - Eldorado
            Herrin Hospital - Herrin
            Memorial Hospital of Carbondale - Carbondale
            Saint Joseph Memorial Hospital - Murphysboro
            South Shore Hospital - Chicago.
            South Suburban Hospital - Hazel Crest
            Sparta Community Hospital - Sparta
            Streamwood Hospital - Streamwood
            Swedish American Health System - Rockford
            Swedish Covenant Hospital - Chicago

T  
            Thomas H. Boyd Memorial Hospital - Canton
            Thorek Hospital and Medical Center - Chicago
            Touchette Regional Hospital - Centreville
            Trinity Hospital - Chicago
            Trinity Regional Health System - Moline & Rock Island Illinois/Davenport, Iowa

U  
            Union County Hospital District - Anna, Union County
            Universal Health Services
            HartGrove Hospital - Chicago
            Pavilion Behavioral Health System, The - Champaign
            University of Chicago Children's Hospital - Chicago
            University of Chicago Hospitals - Chicago
            University of Chicago Children's Hospital - Chicago
            University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago - Chicago
            Utlaut Heath Services - Greenville
            Edward A. Utlaut Memorial Hospital - Greenville

V  
            VA Great Lakes Health Care System (VISN 12) - Hines, Cook County
            Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital - Hines, Cook County
            Jesse Brown VA Medical Center - Chicago
            North Chicago VA Medical Center - North Chicago
            VA Illiana Health Care System - Danville
            Valley West Community Hospital - Sandwich
            Van Matre Health South Rehabilitation Hospital - Rockford
            Vanguard Health Systems
            MacNeal Hospital - Berwyn
            Weiss Memorial Hospital - Chicago
            Victory Memorial Hospital - Waukegan
            Vista Health - Lake County

W  
            Wabash General Hospital - Mount Carmel
            Washington County Hospital & Rural Clinic - Nashville, Washington County
            Weiss Memorial Hospital - Chicago
            West Suburban Medical Center - Oak Park
            Westlake Hospital - Melrose Park
            White County Medical Center - Carmi

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