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Nursing Schools in Chicago, Illinois

If you love the idea of helping others and love the city, Chicago nursing schools can prepare you for a successful, satisfying career. The health care industry in the city and Chicago metropolitan statistical area (MSA) has extensive career options for nurses in hospitals, clinics, medical offices, long-term care facilities, and college research laboratories.

Nursing schools in Chicago offer a range of undergraduate nursing degrees, from a two-year registered nurse (RN) program to a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Graduate degree and continuing nurse's education programs are also available. Those seeking work in senior care facilities or in-home nursing can apply take classes to become a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN).

Employment and wages for Chicago nurses

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported a 2009 mean annual wage of $68,990 for RNs in Chicago. By comparison, nursing salaries in Illinois were $65,440 and $63,750 nationwide.

Chicago led Illinois in the employment of RNs in 2009. Some 86,860 RNs held jobs in the Chicago MSA in 2009, with a total of 116,340 employed statewide.

Chicago nursing schools offer courses that satisfy the minimum education requirements for licensing to work in the state. To take the examination, you must hold proof of graduation and take a fingerprint registration. The state of Illinois requires all RNs and LPNs to undertake 50 continuing education contact hours for each licensing period. Applicants can process their request for licensing by mail or online.

When you enroll in nursing schools in Chicago you may take courses in

  • Chemistry
  • Anatomy
  • Psychology
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacology

Many schools offer federal, state, and local financial aid grants, scholarships, and loans. Completing your degree at one of the accredited Chicago nursing schools can prepare you for work where the jobs are.

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