Top RN to BSN Programs in Illinois

Illinois BSN in Nursing School Highlights

Number of Accredited RN to BSN Programs in Illinois Schools with RN-BSN Programs
There are 35 nursing schools in Illinois with CCNE or ACEN accredited RN to BSN / BSN programs.
Average Enrollment of All Colleges in Illinois Average Enrollment
Illinois universities average enrollment is 6,538 students (smaller than the national average). The range of enrollment is very wide at Illinois colleges. The University of Illinois at Chicago, Northern Illinois University (in Dekalb), and Illinois State University (Normal) all have enrollment numbers that are over 20,000. On the other side, there are multiple colleges that are specifically geared toward nursing that are much smaller from an enrollment perspective: the Saint Anthony College of Nursing (201), Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing, Trinity College of Nursing and Healing, and Lakeview College of Nursing. Regardless, there are numerous options in Illinois that should fit your criteria.
SWES Illinois City Availability
There are over 20 different cities in Illinois with nursing schools offering CCNE or ACEN-accredited Bachelor's in Nursing degrees. As you would imagine, Chicago leads the way, having more than a handful of universities in one of the most populous cities in the U.S. There are multiple universities also located in Chicago suburbs, as well as throughout some of Illinois' more rural areas.
35 nursing schools in Illinois with CCNE or ACEN accredited RN to BSN programs
It is a well-known fact that nurses have one of the most diverse set of responsibilities in a healthcare setting. These professionals work hard to assist patients that are suffering from various illnesses and injuries. As the first hand support system for hospitals and private practices, nurses are the main source of care for patients that visit hospitals and private practices each day. Without the help from nurses, many hospitals would cease to function. Over the years, the educational expectations for nursing professionals has changed dramatically.

Why RN’s Are Getting Their BSN in Illinois

Up until recently, nurses could become registered and begin working with as little as an associate’s degree. Currently, a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing is preferred by employers.

RN to BSN programs in Illinois include a more in depth look into the field of nursing. Without courses that are focused on a wider frame, this educational program provides extensive knowledge for nursing professionals within. Nurses are taught about communicable diseases, communication, and even management while in these programs.

These additions to the program broaden nurses’ views on their patients and their state as a whole. There are numerous programs throughout the state of Illinois that are ready and willing to assist current RNs on their path to a better career.

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State Licensure Reciprocity

The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) allows nurses to have one license for nursing that gives them the ability to practice in the state where they current live as well as other states that are part of the compact agreement. Currently there are 25 states that are a part of the NLC agreement. Illinois’ application to become part of the NLC agreement is pending. This means that the RN licensure in the state are under review to potentially become part of the NLC.
Source: National Council of State Boards of Nursing

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List of BSN Programs

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RN to BSN Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants
Augustana College
Rock Island
  • RN to BSN - Department of Nursing
Aurora University
Aurora
  • RN to BSN - School of Nursing
Benedictine University
Lisle
  • RN to BSN - Department of Nursing and Health
Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing
  • RN to BSN - College of Nursing
Bradley University
  • RN to BSN
Chicago State University
  • RN to BSN
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston
  • RN to BSN - Nursing Program
Elmhurst College
Elmhurst
  • RN to BSN - Deicke Center for Nursing Education
Governors State University
  • RN to BSN
Illinois State University
Normal
  • RN to BSN - Mennonite College of Nursing
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington
  • RN to BSN - School of Nursing
Lakeview College of Nursing
Danville
  • RN to BSN
Lewis University
Romeoville
  • RN to BSN - College of Nursing and Health Professions
Loyola University Chicago
Chicago
  • RN to BSN - Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
MacMurray College
Jacksonville
  • RN to BSN - Division of Nursing
McKendree University
Lebanon
  • RN to BSN - Division of Nursing
Methodist College
Peoria
  • RN to BSN
Millikin University
Decatur
  • RN to BSN - School of Nursing
North Park University
Chicago
  • RN to BSN - School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Northern Illinois University
Dekalb
  • RN to BSN - School of Nursing and Health Studies
Northwestern College
Chicago
  • RN to BSN - Department of Nursing
Olivet Nazarene University
Bourbonnais
  • RN to BSN - School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Rasmussen College
  • RN to BSN - School of Nursing
Resurrection University
Oak Park
  • RN to BSN
Rockford University
  • RN to BSN
Saint Anthony College of Nursing
Rockford
  • RN to BSN
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
  • RN to BSN
Saint Xavier University
Chicago
  • RN to BSN - School of Nursing
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville
  • RN to BSN - School of Nursing
St. John's College
  • RN to BSN
Trinity Christian College
Palos Heights
  • RN to BSN - Department of Nursing
Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • RN to BSN - Trinity College of Nursing
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago
  • RN to BSN - College of Nursing
University of St. Francis
  • RN to BSN - Cecily and John Leach College of Nursing
Western Illinois University
Macomb
  • RN to BSN - School of Nursing