Becoming an LPN in Illinois

In the state of Illinois, nurses provide treatment for a wide range of moderately to chronically ill people, but they also help the healthy maintain their quality of life. By the year 2024, The Bureau of Labor Statistic predicts a 8% increase in licensed practical nurse (LPN) jobs per year for the state of Illinois. Applicants wishing to meet the increasing demand for nurses can apply for an Illinois LPN license by completing the education requirements and passing the exam or by transferring a current license from another state.

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    2017 Best LPN Programs in Illinois

    Illinois has a number of educational options if you're seeking to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in the state. A variety of schools offer LPN programs, such as community colleges, technical schools, and private nursing schools-all teaching the state-approved curriculum for licensure. We spent some time reviewing NCLEX-PN pass-rates over several years for more than 35 LPN schools across the state of Illinois, and after considerable review we have compiled a list of the top 10.

    For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page (


    Southeastern Illinois College

    3575 College Rd, Harrisburg, IL 62946 - (618) 252-5400 - Visit Homepage

    Southeastern Illinois College is a public two-year comprehensive community college located in Harrisburg, Illinois, with several extension sites located throughout the district. Southeastern Illinois College encourages lifelong learning by providing quality accessible educational programs and opportunities to support economic development.

    Overall Score: 99.25

    Joliet Junior College

    1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet, IL 60431 - (815) 729-9020 - Visit Homepage

    Joliet Junior College is located in Joliet, Illinois, with additional campuses located in Romeoville, Frankfort, and Morris. Joliet Junior college provides associates degrees, transfer and career preparation, as well as workforce development and lifelong learning, embracing diversity and encouraging personal growth.

    Overall Score: 99.22

    Shawnee Community College

    8364 College Road, Ullin, IL 62992 - (618) 634-3200 - Visit Homepage

    Shawnee Community College (SCC) is located in Ullin, Illinois, with additional locations is Anna, Cairo, and Metropolis. SCC meets student needs by providing quality high education, community education, training, and services that are not only accessible to the entire community, but they are also affordable and promote life-long learning.

    Overall Score: 99.19

    Spoon River College

    23235 N. County Highway 22, Canton, IL 61520 - (309) 647-4645 - Visit Homepage

    Spoon River College (SRC) is located in Canton, Illinois, with additional locations in Havana, Macomb, Rushville, and Canton. SRC is dedicated to providing a learning environment that offers a broad range of education programs, activities, and promotes economic development that also empowers students and enhances their quality of life.

    Overall Score: 99.09

    Illinois Valley Community College

    815 N Orlando Smith St, Oglesby, IL 61348 - (815) 224-2720 - Visit Homepage

    Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC) is a two-year community college located in Oglesby, Illinois. IVCC offers associate degrees and career certificates, as well as adult education and workforce development-all provided by an industry-experienced faculty and support staff that's dedicated to student success.

    Overall Score: 98.64

    Heartland Community College

    1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL 61761 - (309) 268-8000 - Visit Homepage

    Heartland Community College is the youngest community college in Illinois, founded in 1990, located in Normal, with additional locations in Lincoln and Pontiac. Heartland Community college is a two-year open admission source of higher education, offering affordable process while also focusing on student success.

    Overall Score: 98.38

    Rend Lake College

    468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 - (618) 437-5321 - Visit Homepage

    Rend Lake College (RLC), located in Ina, Illinois, with an additional campus in Pinckyneyville, provided educational opportunities across cultural and economic boundaries. RLC students enjoy small class sizes and personalized instruction with more than 100 high-quality programs of study offered at affordable rates.

    Overall Score: 98.13

    CALC Institute of Technology

    200 North Center Drive A, Alton, IL 62002 - (618) 474-0616 - Visit Homepage

    CALC Institude of Technology's 15-month Practical Nursing program combines theory, lab, and clinical experience to give graduates the required knowledge and skill base to prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

    Overall Score: 97.80

    Harper College

    1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067 - (847) 925-6707 - Visit Homepage

    Harper College is a comprehensive community college located in Palatine, Illinois, providing excellent education at affordable costs that not only promotes personal growth but also enriches the local community. Harper College provides educational opportunities, enabling students to earn an associate degree or transfer on to advanced degree programs, as well as attain career certifications, professional job training, or personal enrichment.

    Overall Score: 97.55

    Sauk Valley Community College

    173 Illinois Route 2, Dixon, IL 61021 - (815) 288-5511 - Visit Homepage

    Sauk Valley Community College was built on the Rock River between the cities of Sterling and Dixon, Illinois. SVCC's high-quality Practical Nursing program prepares students with the skills and knowledge needed to provide care in a variety of health care settings.

    Overall Score: 97.43

    Continued List of All Programs in Illinois

    #11 Kankakee Community College
    100 College Drive, Kankakee, IL 60901
    (815) 802-8100
    #12 Illinois Central College
    1 College Drive, East Peoria, IL 61635
    #13 Ambria College of Nursing
    5210 Trillium Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
    (847) 397-0300
    #14 Illinois Eastern Community Colleges
    233 East Chestnut, Olney, IL 62450
    (866) 529-4322
    #15 CAAN Academy of Nursing
    4747 Lincoln Mall Drive, Suite 420, Matteson, IL 60443
    (708) 983-1645
    #16 John A Logan Community College
    700 Logan College Road, Carterville, IL 62918
    (618) 985-3741
    #17 Lake Land College
    5001 Lake Land Blvd, Mattoon, IL 61938
    #18 Oakton Community College
    1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016
    (847) 635-1600
    #19 Capital Area School of Practical Nursing
    2201 Toronto Rd, Springfield, IL 62712
    (217) 585-1215
    #20 Lincoln Land Community College
    5250 Shepherd Road, Springfield, IL 62794
    (217) 786-2200
    #21 College of DuPage
    425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
    (630) 942-2800
    #22 Kaskaskia College
    27210 College Road, Centralia, IL 62801
    (618) 545-3000
    #23 Black Hawk College
    6600 34th Ave, Moline, IL 61265
    (309) 796-5000
    #24 Career Center of Central Illinois - Beck School of Practical Nursing
    6137 Beck Rd, Red Bud, IL 62278
    (618) 473-2222
    #25 Parkland College
    2400 West Bradley Ave, Champaign, IL 61821
    (217) 351-2200
    #26 Northbrook College of Health Care
    1400 S Wolf Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090
    (847) 850-5700
    #27 Illinois College of Nursing
    55 22nd St, Lombard, IL 60148
    (630) 495-7968
    #28 Adonis College of Nursing
    1313 East Sibley Blvd. , Dolton, IL 60419
    (708) 841-2730
    #29 Americare Technical School
    505 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068
    (847) 825-8773
    #30 PCCTI Healthcare
    216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60606
    (312) 920-8822
    #31 Richland Community College
    One College Park, Decatur, IL 62521
    (217) 875-7200
    #32 Carl Sandburg College
    2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd, Galesburg, IL 61401
    (309) 344-2518
    #33 J´Reneé College
    415 Airport Rd, Elgin, IL 60123
    (815) 444-7751
    #34 Great Paragon Healthcare, Inc.
    2640 W Touhy Ave., Suite 206, Chicago, IL 60645
    (773) 274-7694
    #35 ATS Institute of Technology
    325 Alpha Dr, Highland Heights, IL 44143
    (440) 449-1700
    #36 All American Nursing School
    12250 S Cicero Ave, Alsip, IL 60803
    (708) 396-8409

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  • Illinois LPN Licensing Requirements

    Attending an approved nursing program is the main requirement to become an LPN in Illinois. But, once the program is complete, the applicant must also complete the following for licensing:

    • Written application for licensure.
    • Certificate of completion from approved nursing program.
    • Pass licensing exam (NCLEX).
    • Pass a criminal background check.

    The graduate has 3 years after finishing the nursing program to acquire licensure—if not done in this time, another educational program will be required.

    LPN License Application and Examination Packet (

    LPN positions may require physical strength to preform regular job function, including lifting patients in excess of 100 lbs., pushing or pulling heavy machinery, and extended periods on your feet.

    If seeking a license by endorsement in the state of Illinois, the applicant must:

    • Hold a valid license in another state.
    • Submit a written application to the Board.
    • Have completed a board-approved nursing education equivalent to the state of Illinois’s.
    • Submit of a criminal background check.

    Nurses licensed in a country other than the US must verify educational equivalence based on the Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) evaluation, as well as pass the Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam.

    Illinois LPN licenses must be renewed every 2 years, and the license holder is responsible for 20 hours of continued education each renewal period—every 2 years.

    Learn more about Illinois LPN Jobs, Salary, and Employment Outlook.

    Additional IL Nursing Resources

    Illinois Department of Professional Regulation

    James R. Thompson Center
    100 West Randolph, Suite 9-300
    Chicago, IL 60601
    Phone: (312) 814-2715
    Fax: (312) 814-3145

    1. Illinois Board of Nursing (
    2. Illinois Nurses Association (