Nursing Schools in Illinois

The state of Illinois is home to 111 nursing schools. This year (2018) we evaluated 75 schools and our ranking system identified the following nursing schools as the best in Illinois.

NursingExplorer ranking system is statistical. We use the following factors when evaluating schools: NCLEX pass rates, programmatic and institutional accreditations. Learn more about our nursing schools ranking system here.

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Complete List of Nursing Schools in Illinois

Listed below are all nursing schools in Illinois. Please use the sort feature to view which schools have top RN and LPN programs along with their corresponding average NCLEX pass rates. Click on each school's name to view more detail about the school.

There are a total of 111 nursing schools in the state of Illinois. And according to our database 1 schools have been closed permanently.

Institution RN PN RN PN
Trinity Christian College
Location: Palos Heights, IL
Programs offered: ADN BSN
99.0%
1
MacMurray College
Location: Jacksonville, IL
Programs offered: BSN RN to BSN LPN to BSN
98.0%
2
Bradley University
Location: Peoria, IL
Programs offered: BSN Masters RN to BSN LPN to BSN Accelerated BSN
Bradley University is a private university in Peoria, Illinois, which is about three hours from Chicago or St. Louis. The university was founded in 1897 and they currently offer over 100 undergrad programs and more than 30 graduate-level programs through their five colleges. The campus is [...]
97.7%
3
Saint Anthony College of Nursing
Location: Rockford, IL
Programs offered: BSN Masters RN to BSN
96.7%
4
Southeastern Illinois College
Location: Harrisburg, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN
96.3% 99.0%
5
3
McHenry County College
Location: Crystal Lake, IL
Programs offered: ADN
96.0%
6
Illinois State University
Location: Normal, IL
Programs offered: BSN Masters Doctoral RN to BSN Accelerated BSN
Illinois State University (ISU) was founded in 1857, making it the oldest public university in Illinois. The main campus is in the twin cities of Bloomington and Normal in the middle of the state. The university was founded as a training school for teachers, which is still a major focus of [...]
95.0%
7
John A Logan College
Location: Carterville, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN
94.7% 96.0%
8
9
Joliet Junior College
Location: Joliet, IL
Programs offered: LPN ADN
94.3% 99.0%
9
3
Aurora University
Location: Aurora, IL
Programs offered: BSN Masters RN to BSN
94.3%
9
Lewis University
Location: Romeoville, IL
Programs offered: BSN Masters RN to BSN Accelerated BSN
Lewis University is a private university in Romeoville, Illinois. The university currently offers over 100 programs, including more than 80 undergraduate programs. Lewis University was founded in 1932 by the Archdiocese of Chicago. In recent years, the university has been recognized as a [...]
94.3%
9
Kishwaukee College
Location: Malta, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN LPN to ADN
94.0%
10
Waubonsee Community College
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
Programs offered: ADN
94.0%
10
Heartland Community College
Location: Normal, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN
93.7% 100.0% 11
1
Western Illinois University
Location: Macomb, IL
Programs offered: BSN RN to BSN
93.0% 12
Lincoln Land Community College
Location: Springfield, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN
92.7% 89.3% 13 18
Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Location: Rock Island, IL
Programs offered: ADN BSN RN to BSN Accelerated BSN
Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences is a private institution in Rock Island, Illinois. The history of the college goes back over 100 years when three separate hospitals established their own schools for training nurses. Over the years, the three hospitals and their schools [...]
91.8% 14
Illinois Wesleyan University
Location: Bloomington, IL
Programs offered: BSN
91.7% 15
Loyola University Chicago
Location: Chicago, IL
Programs offered: BSN Masters Doctoral Accelerated BSN
Loyola University Chicago is a private university in Chicago, Illinois that was founded in 1870 by the Jesuits. It is one of the biggest Catholic universities in the nation. The university currently has over 80 undergraduate programs and over 140 graduate programs that are offered across six [...]
91.7% 15
St. John's College-Department of Nursing
Location: Springfield, IL
Programs offered: BSN
91.7% 15
Illinois Valley Community College
Location: Oglesby, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN
91.0% 100.0% 16
1
Black Hawk College
Location: Moline, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN
91.0% 96.0% 16
9
William Rainey Harper College
Location: Palatine, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN
90.7% 98.3% 17
5
Oakton Community College
Location: Des Plaines, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN
90.7% 94.3% 17 13
Northern Illinois University
Location: Dekalb, IL
Programs offered: BSN Masters RN to BSN
90.7% 17
Ambria College of Nursing
Location: Hoffman Estates, IL
Programs offered: LPN LPN to ADN ADN
90.3% 99.3% 18
2
Blessing Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Location: Quincy, IL
Programs offered: BSN Masters RN to BSN LPN to BSN Accelerated BSN
The Blessing Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences is a small private college in Quincy, Illinois. However, they have a long tradition. The college was founded in 1891 and has always been dedicated to nursing and health sciences. In fact, they became one of the first nursing schools [...]
90.0% 19
Kaskaskia College
Location: Centralia, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN
89.3% 90.3% 20 16
Highland Community College
Location: Freeport, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN
89.0% 21
Methodist College
Location: Peoria, IL
Programs offered: BSN RN to BSN Accelerated BSN
Methodist College is a small, private institution in Peoria, Illinois. Nursing has always been the focus of this college. Methodist College was founded in 1900 as a nurse training institute and is now a four-year college with several different nursing programs. For the fall 2017 school year, [...]
89.0% 21
Southwestern Illinois College
Location: Belleville, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN to ADN
89.0% 21
Kankakee Community College
Location: Kankakee, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN
88.3% 100.0% 22
1
Sauk Valley Community College
Location: Dixon, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN
88.3% 95.3% 22 11
Spoon River College
Location: Canton, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN LPN to ADN
88.0% 100.0% 23
1
Dominican University
Location: River Forest, IL
Programs offered: BSN
88.0% 23
John Wood Community College
Location: Quincy, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN
87.7% 98.0% 24
6
Elmhurst College
Location: Elmhurst, IL
Programs offered: BSN Masters RN to BSN
87.7% 24
Shawnee Community College
Location: Ullin, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN LPN to ADN
87.0% 98.3% 25
5
Elgin Community College
Location: Elgin, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN
87.0% 95.0% 25 12
Lake Land College
Location: Mattoon, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN
87.0% 92.7% 25 15
Resurrection University
Location: Chicago, IL
Programs offered: BSN Masters RN to BSN Accelerated BSN
Resurrection University is a private university in Chicago, Illinois founded in 1914. Resurrection University started as a school for nurses and has undergone several name changes before it was purchased by Resurrection Health Care. The campus is in the heart of the historic Wicker Park [...]
87.0% 25
Richland Community College
Location: Decatur, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN LPN to ADN
86.0% 72.7% 26 20
Rock Valley College
Location: Rockford, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN
86.0% 26
North Park University
Location: Chicago, IL
Programs offered: BSN Masters RN to BSN
85.7% 27
Olivet Nazarene University
Location: Bourbonnais, IL
Programs offered: BSN Masters RN to BSN
85.7% 27
City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College
Location: Chicago, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN
85.3% 97.5% 28
7
College of Lake County
Location: Grayslake, IL
Programs offered: ADN
85.3% 28
Prairie State College
Location: Chicago Heights, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN to ADN
85.0% 29
Moraine Valley Community College
Location: Palos Hills, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN
84.7% 85.0% 30 19
Rend Lake College
Location: Ina, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN
84.0% 98.0% 31
6
Saint Xavier University
Location: Chicago, IL
Programs offered: BSN Masters LPN to BSN LPN to ADN
83.7% 32
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
Location: Peoria, IL
Programs offered: BSN Masters Doctoral RN to BSN
83.3% 33
Triton College
Location: River Grove, IL
Programs offered: LPN ADN LPN to ADN
83.0% 100.0% 34
1
Lewis and Clark Community College
Location: Godfrey, IL
Programs offered: ADN
82.0% 35
Illinois Eastern Community College-System Office
Location: Olney, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN
81.7% 97.0% 36
8
Parkland College
Location: Champaign, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN to ADN
81.7% 36
University of Illinois at Chicago
Location: Chicago, IL
Programs offered: BSN Accelerated MSN Masters Doctoral RN to BSN
81.0% 37
Chamberlain College of Nursing-Illinois
Location: Addison, IL
Programs offered: BSN Masters RN to BSN LPN to ADN
80.7% 38
Millikin University
Location: Decatur, IL
Programs offered: BSN Accelerated MSN Masters RN to BSN
79.3% 39
Rockford University
Location: Rockford, IL
Programs offered: BSN
78.7% 40
Illinois Central College
Location: East Peoria, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN LPN to ADN
78.3% 98.7% 41
4
Morton College
Location: Cicero, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN
78.0% 100.0% 42
1
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Location: Carbondale, IL
Programs offered: BSN
77.7% 43
Carl Sandburg College
Location: Galesburg, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN LPN to ADN
77.3% 94.3% 44 13
Danville Area Community College
Location: Danville, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN LPN to ADN
76.7% 95.7% 45
10
Rasmussen College-Illinois
Location: Rockford, IL
Programs offered: ADN
76.7% 45
Chicago State University
Location: Chicago, IL
Programs offered: BSN Masters RN to BSN LPN to BSN
76.0% 46
College of DuPage
Location: Glen Ellyn, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN
75.7% 93.0% 47 14
Robert Morris University Illinois
Location: Chicago, IL
Programs offered: ADN BSN
73.0% 48
Lakeview College of Nursing
Location: Danville, IL
Programs offered: BSN RN to BSN LPN to BSN Accelerated BSN
Lakeview College of Nursing is a private, not-for-profit learning institution with an open admission policy and a small student-to-faculty ratio. The history of the school starts with the founding of the Lakeview Hospital and the Danville Training School for Nurses in 1894. The nursing [...]
69.3% 49
Northwestern College-Chicago Campus
Location: Chicago, IL
Programs offered: ADN
66.7% 50
CALC Institute of Technology
Location: Alton, IL
Programs offered: LPN
100.0%
1
Capital Area School of Practical Nursing
Location: Springfield, IL
Programs offered: LPN
92.7% 15
Career Center of Southern Illinois
Location: Red Bud, IL
Programs offered: LPN
90.0% 17
J Renee College
Location: Elgin, IL
Programs offered: LPN
71.7% 21
Benedictine University
Location: Lisle, IL
Programs offered: Masters RN to BSN BSN
City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College
Location: Chicago, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN to ADN
City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College
Location: Chicago, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN
City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College
Location: Chicago, IL
Programs offered: ADN
City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College
Location: Chicago, IL
Programs offered:
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College
Location: Chicago, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN LPN to ADN
DePaul University
Location: Chicago, IL
Programs offered: Accelerated MSN Masters
Eastern Illinois University
Location: Charleston, IL
Programs offered: RN to BSN BSN
Governors State University
Location: University Park, IL
Programs offered: Masters Doctoral RN to BSN BSN
Graham Hospital School of Nursing
Location: Canton, IL
Programs offered: Diploma
Frontier Community College
Location: Fairfield, IL
Programs offered: LPN ADN
Lincoln Trail College
Location: Robinson, IL
Programs offered: LPN ADN
Olney Central College
Location: Olney, IL
Programs offered: LPN ADN
Wabash Valley College
Location: Mount Carmel, IL
Programs offered: LPN ADN
McKendree University
Location: Lebanon, IL
Programs offered: Masters BSN
Northwestern Institute of Health and Technology
Location: Chicago, IL
Programs offered: LPN
Rush University
Location: Chicago, IL
Programs offered: Accelerated MSN Masters Doctoral BSN
South Suburban College
Location: South Holland, IL
Programs offered: ADN LPN to ADN
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Location: Edwardsville, IL
Programs offered: BSN Masters Doctoral RN to BSN Accelerated BSN
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE) is a public university with undergrad and graduate degree programs. The university was established in 1957 and many of the original academic buildings remain part of the core campus. However, the campus has expanded to include over 2,660 acres [...]
University of St Francis
Location: Joliet, IL
Programs offered: BSN Masters Doctoral RN to BSN
Northwestern College-Southwestern Campus
Location: Bridgeview, IL
Programs offered: ADN
Chamberlain College of Nursing-Administrative Office
Location: Downers Grove, IL
Programs offered: BSN RN to BSN
Chicago Public Schools
Location: Chicago, IL
Programs offered:
ATS Institute of Technology - Chicago
Location: Chicago, IL
Programs offered: LPN
Americare Technical School
Location: Park Ridge, IL
Programs offered: LPN
Coalition of African American Nurses, Inc.
Location: Matteson, IL
Programs offered: LPN
CMK Healthcare
Location: Clarendon Hills, IL
Programs offered: LPN
Great Paragon Healthcare, Inc
Location: Chicago, IL
Programs offered: LPN
International Career Institute
Location: Lincolnwood, IL
Programs offered: LPN
John A Logan Community College - Alongi Center
Location: Du Quoin, IL
Programs offered: LPN
East St. Louis Community College Center
Location: East St. Louis, IL
Programs offered: LPN
Northbrook College of Health Care
Location: Wheeling, IL
Programs offered: LPN
Northwestern Institute of Health and Technology - Skokie Campus
Location: Skokie, IL
Programs offered: LPN
Omega Healthcare Technical School
Location: Gurnee, IL
Programs offered: LPN
PC Center Training Institute
Location: Oak Brook, IL
Programs offered: LPN
William Rainey Harper College
Location: Palatine, IL
Programs offered: LPN ADN

Closed Nursing Schools/campuses

The following instructions are closed permanently.

ITT Technical Institute-Orland Park (Closed in 2016)
ADN

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