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.

  • LPN Programs in Illinois

    ProgramDetails
    Adonis College of Nursing
    1313 East Sibley Blvd. , Dolton, IL 60419
    (708) 841-2730 Visit Homepage
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    All American Nursing School
    12250 S Cicero Ave, Alsip, IL 60803
    (708) 396-8409 Visit Homepage
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    Ambria College of Nursing
    5210 Trillium Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
    (847) 397-0300 Visit Homepage
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    Americare Technical School
    505 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068
    (847) 825-8773 Visit Homepage
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    ATS Institute of Technology
    325 Alpha Dr, Highland Heights, IL 44143
    (440) 449-1700 Visit Homepage
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    Black Hawk College
    6600 34th Ave, Moline, IL 61265
    (309) 796-5000 Visit Homepage
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    CAAN Academy of Nursing
    4747 Lincoln Mall Drive, Suite 420, Matteson, IL 60443
    (708) 983-1645 Visit Homepage
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    CALC Institute of Technology
    200 North Center Drive A, Alton, IL 62002
    (618) 474-0616 Visit Homepage
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    Capital Area School of Practical Nursing
    2201 Toronto Rd, Springfield, IL 62712
    (217) 585-1215 Visit Homepage
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    Career Center of Central Illinois - Beck School of Practical Nursing
    6137 Beck Rd, Red Bud, IL 62278
    (618) 473-2222 Visit Homepage
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    Carl Sandburg College
    2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd, Galesburg, IL 61401
    (309) 344-2518 Visit Homepage
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    City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X
    1900 West Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612
    (312) 850-7350 Visit Homepage
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    College of DuPage
    425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
    (630) 942-2800 Visit Homepage
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    Great Paragon Healthcare, Inc.
    2640 W Touhy Ave., Suite 206, Chicago, IL 60645
    (773) 274-7694 Visit Homepage
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    Harper College
    1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067
    (847) 925-6707 Visit Homepage
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    Heartland Community College
    1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL 61761
    (309) 268-8000 Visit Homepage
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    Illinois Central College
    1 College Drive, East Peoria, IL 61635
    309-6945 Visit Homepage
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    Illinois College of Nursing
    55 22nd St, Lombard, IL 60148
    (630) 495-7968 Visit Homepage
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    Illinois Eastern Community Colleges
    233 East Chestnut, Olney, IL 62450
    (866) 529-4322 Visit Homepage
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    Illinois Valley Community College
    815 N Orlando Smith St, Oglesby, IL 61348
    (815) 224-2720 Visit Homepage
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    J´Reneé College
    415 Airport Rd, Elgin, IL 60123
    (815) 444-7751 Visit Homepage
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    John A Logan Community College
    700 Logan College Road, Carterville, IL 62918
    (618) 985-3741 Visit Homepage
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    Joliet Junior College
    1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet, IL 60431
    (815) 729-9020 Visit Homepage
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    Kankakee Community College
    100 College Drive, Kankakee, IL 60901
    (815) 802-8100 Visit Homepage
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    Kaskaskia College
    27210 College Road, Centralia, IL 62801
    (618) 545-3000 Visit Homepage
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    Lake Land College
    5001 Lake Land Blvd, Mattoon, IL 61938
    217234 Visit Homepage
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    Lincoln Land Community College
    5250 Shepherd Road, Springfield, IL 62794
    (217) 786-2200 Visit Homepage
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    Northbrook College of Health Care
    1400 S Wolf Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090
    (847) 850-5700 Visit Homepage
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    Oakton Community College
    1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016
    (847) 635-1600 Visit Homepage
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    Parkland College
    2400 West Bradley Ave, Champaign, IL 61821
    (217) 351-2200 Visit Homepage
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    PCCTI Healthcare
    216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60606
    (312) 920-8822 Visit Homepage
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    Rend Lake College
    468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846
    (618) 437-5321 Visit Homepage
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    Richland Community College
    One College Park, Decatur, IL 62521
    (217) 875-7200 Visit Homepage
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    Sauk Valley Community College
    173 Illinois Route 2, Dixon, IL 61021
    (815) 288-5511 Visit Homepage
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    Shawnee Community College
    8364 College Road, Ullin, IL 62992
    (618) 634-3200 Visit Homepage
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    Southeastern Illinois College
    3575 College Rd, Harrisburg, IL 62946
    (618) 252-5400 Visit Homepage
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    Spoon River College
    23235 N. County Highway 22, Canton, IL 61520
    (309) 647-4645 Visit Homepage
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    Triton College
    2000 5th Ave, River Grove, IL 60171
    (708) 456-0300 Visit Homepage
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    Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.

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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
    http://www.idfpr.com/profs/nursing.asp

    1. Illinois Board of Nursing (http://nursing.illinois.gov)
    2. Illinois Nurses Association (http://www.illinoisnurses.com)

    For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Illinois LPN to RN programs page.