Becoming an LPN in Chicago

Last Updated/Verified: Dec 8, 2021

There are currently three schools in Chicago offering prospective students LPN programs. According to a report from Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2021, 12,860 licensed practical nurses were employed in the Chicago Metropolitan Area (including Elgin and Naperville). That amounted to around 12% of operational nurses in the Metro Area. Over the coming decade, the BLS predicts a much higher than average increase in nursing work due to the aging population.

The length of time it takes to complete an LPN program depends on how the school determines the structure. Typically, a full-time approach takes 12-15 months with part-time taking around 24 months.

The Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulation approves training programs and licensing in Chicago.

Normally, LPN students can expect to study:

  • Physiology and Anatomy
  • Human Development
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacology
  • Nursing Care
  • Psychosocial Nursing
  • Maternity & Pediatrics
  • Gerontology / Older Care
  • Leadership
  • Gynecology / Obstetrics
  • Mental Health

Schools That Offer LPN Programs in Chicago, IL

City Colleges of Chicago – Wilbur Wright

Students will learn a variety of practical skills at Wilbur Wright including administering medication, patient observation, and using and assembling basic care technology. Students are taught via classroom lectures, simulated clinical settings, and actual work experience. The curriculum is delivered by experienced nursing faculty.

Admission Requirements:

  • Completed online application
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Submit to criminal background checks
  • Submit to a drug screening
  • Pre-requisite demonstration of college-level math. You can either submit coursework or take a test
  • Also, pre-requisite courses in biology and English
  • Pre-admission exam

Verve College

This 12 to 14-month program prepares students via modern blended learning, including lab work. The college has its own labs and utilizes facilities at local hospitals and care facilities, so students get a well-rounded education including time spent in the classroom. A minimum B grade is required for each module to proceed to take the NCLEX-PN to allow you to practice.

Admission Requirements:

  • Application with $75.00 non-refundable fee
  • CNA Certification
  • High School Diploma or GED. Alternatively, a minimum 8 hours from an accredited US College/University
  • ATI-TEAS Entrance Examination to be taken at Verve College: cost $50. External ATI-TEAS exam results are not accepted
  • Valid Illinois ID or Driver’s License
  • Submit to background check & sanctions
  • Drug screening
  • Physical exam signed by an authorized healthcare professional
  • Current TB/PPD test. Taken no longer ago than one year before program commencement
  • Pre-requisite Immunizations are MMRV, Tetanus, and Hepatitis B
  • Proof of personal medical insurance
  • Current CPR/BLS card
  • Admissions essay between 400-500 words, typed and double spaced. Must cover why you want to be a PN and what you plan to do with your career
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Professional liability insurance
  • Social Security Card

ATS Institute of Technology

This three-semester program mixes traditional college classroom study, including both theory and on-the-job experience. The college also has a simulated lab designed around real clinical settings for the best educational experience. Students then transfer those skills to actual clinical settings toward the end of the program.

Admission Requirements:

  • Application form plus non-refundable $30 application fee
  • Pass the entrance exam in line with the minimum pass mark
  • High school diploma or equivalent – submit transcripts
  • College transcripts if you plan to use those credits towards a degree
  • Mandatory background check
  • Mandatory orientation session
  • Enrollment agreement and disclosure form
  • Signed documentation to permit clinical experience
  • CPR certification – current and valid
  • Up-to-date immunization record

Employment Opportunities for LPNs in Chicago

New practical nurses in Chicago can expect to find employment at some of the following organizations. This list is not exhaustive:

Other healthcare facilities:

Chicago NCLEX-PN Pass Rates

 ChicagoIllinois
NCLEX-PN Students Total3731,274
NCLEX-PN Students Passed3111,115
NCLEX-PN Pass Rate83.4%87.5%

Top Ranked LPN Programs in Chicago

Listed below are the top LPN schools in Chicago based on our LPN program rankings for IL out of 36 other accredited programs offered in the state:

  • Ambria College of Nursing - #3
  • Harper College - #5
  • City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X - #7

LPN Programs Near Me in Chicago

Chicago

Verve College - Chicago

216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 900, Chicago, IL (312) 920-8822

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City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X

1900 West Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL (312) 850-7350

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Great Paragon Healthcare, Inc.

2640 W Touhy Ave., Suite 206, Chicago, IL (773) 274-7694

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Des Plaines

Aquarius Institute

1011 E Touhy Ave, , Des Plaines, IL (847) 296-8870

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Dolton

Adonis College of Nursing

1313 East Sibley Blvd. , Dolton, IL (708) 841-2730

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Glen Ellyn

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL (630) 942-2800

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Hanover Park

New Lake College

1300 Greenbrook Blvd., Suite 102, Hanover Park, IL (888) 388-1759

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Hoffman Estates

Ambria College of Nursing

5210 Trillium Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL (847) 397-0300

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Lombard

Illinois College of Nursing

55 22nd St, Lombard, IL (630) 495-7968

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Matteson

CAAN Academy of Nursing

4747 Lincoln Mall Drive, Suite 420, Matteson, IL (708) 983-1645

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Oak Brook

Verve College - Oak Brook

2625 Butterfield Rd. Suite 102E, Oak Brook, IL (630) 705-9999

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Palatine

Harper College

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

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Park Ridge

Americare Technical School

505 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL (847) 825-8773

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Wheeling

North Shore College

1400 S. Wolf Road – Suite 104, Wheeling, IL (847) 850-5700

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