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.
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 (http://www.practicalnursing.org/lvn-lpn-ranking-methodology)1
Southeastern Illinois College3575 College Rd, Harrisburg, IL 62946 - (618) 252-5400 -
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.2
Joliet Junior College1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet, IL 60431 - (815) 729-9020 -
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.3
Shawnee Community College8364 College Road, Ullin, IL 62992 - (618) 634-3200 -
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.4
Spoon River College23235 N. County Highway 22, Canton, IL 61520 - (309) 647-4645 -
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.5
Illinois Valley Community College815 N Orlando Smith St, Oglesby, IL 61348 - (815) 224-2720 -
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.6
Heartland Community College1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL 61761 - (309) 268-8000 -
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.7
Rend Lake College468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 - (618) 437-5321 -
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.8
CALC Institute of Technology200 North Center Drive A, Alton, IL 62002 - (618) 474-0616 -
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).9
Harper College1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067 - (847) 925-6707 -
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.10
Sauk Valley Community College173 Illinois Route 2, Dixon, IL 61021 - (815) 288-5511 -
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.
Continued List of All Programs in Illinois
Ranked Program Score Details #11 Kankakee Community College100 College Drive, Kankakee, IL 60901(815) 802-8100 97.42 kcc.edu #12 Illinois Central College1 College Drive, East Peoria, IL 61635309-6945 97.16 icc.edu #13 Ambria College of Nursing5210 Trillium Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192(847) 397-0300 95.97 ambria.edu #14 Illinois Eastern Community Colleges233 East Chestnut, Olney, IL 62450(866) 529-4322 94.86 iecc.edu #15 CAAN Academy of Nursing4747 Lincoln Mall Drive, Suite 420, Matteson, IL 60443(708) 983-1645 94.60 caanacademy3.com #16 John A Logan Community College700 Logan College Road, Carterville, IL 62918(618) 985-3741 94.18 jalc.edu #17 Lake Land College5001 Lake Land Blvd, Mattoon, IL 61938217234 93.50 lakelandcollege.edu #18 Oakton Community College1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016(847) 635-1600 93.02 oakton.edu #19 Capital Area School of Practical Nursing2201 Toronto Rd, Springfield, IL 62712(217) 585-1215 92.70 caspn.edu #20 Lincoln Land Community College5250 Shepherd Road, Springfield, IL 62794(217) 786-2200 92.15 llcc.edu #21 College of DuPage425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137(630) 942-2800 91.30 cod.edu #22 Kaskaskia College27210 College Road, Centralia, IL 62801(618) 545-3000 91.05 kaskaskia.edu #23 Black Hawk College6600 34th Ave, Moline, IL 61265(309) 796-5000 90.91 bhc.edu #24 Career Center of Central Illinois - Beck School of Practical Nursing6137 Beck Rd, Red Bud, IL 62278(618) 473-2222 89.87 gotoccsi.org #25 Parkland College2400 West Bradley Ave, Champaign, IL 61821(217) 351-2200 88.99 parkland.edu #26 Northbrook College of Health Care1400 S Wolf Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090(847) 850-5700 88.50 ncohc.org #27 Illinois College of Nursing55 22nd St, Lombard, IL 60148(630) 495-7968 86.95 icnursing.com #28 Adonis College of Nursing1313 East Sibley Blvd. , Dolton, IL 60419(708) 841-2730 83.75 acon.edu #29 Americare Technical School505 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068(847) 825-8773 82.55 americaretech.com #30 PCCTI Healthcare216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60606(312) 920-8822 81.71 pccti.com #31 Richland Community CollegeOne College Park, Decatur, IL 62521(217) 875-7200 81.17 richland.edu #32 Carl Sandburg College2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd, Galesburg, IL 61401(309) 344-2518 78.43 sandburg.edu #33 J´Reneé College415 Airport Rd, Elgin, IL 60123(815) 444-7751 77.98 jrenee.edu #34 Great Paragon Healthcare, Inc.2640 W Touhy Ave., Suite 206, Chicago, IL 60645(773) 274-7694 71.50 greatparagonhealthcare.com #35 ATS Institute of Technology325 Alpha Dr, Highland Heights, IL 44143(440) 449-1700 66.45 atsinstitute.edu #36 All American Nursing School12250 S Cicero Ave, Alsip, IL 60803(708) 396-8409 35.00 allamericannursing.org
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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 (http://www.idfpr.com/Renewals/Apply/Forms/LPN-EX.pdf)
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