Advance your nursing career with a Bachelor's degree

Earn your BSN degree through a qualified nursing program

Many colleges offer qualified nursing degree programs. Take advantage of current nursing job opportunities

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a valuable degree in the healthcare industry. With an aging population, nurses are becoming an increasingly sought after commodity, and those with a four year BSN degree are frequently preferred for their broader scope of training.

With over 140 hospitals in Illinois alone, it is easy to see the opportunities available for nursing employment. Although in many ways similar to an Associate Degree in Nursing, the BSN tends to have a deeper level of focus on critical thinking, leadership skills, anatomy, and health care resources. Additionally, many BSN programs offer diverse training environments. While the hospital may be the backbone of the nursing industry, a BSN often teaches students to be adaptable to off-site working conditions, whether in the home or private practice.

Due to the high demand, BSN degree programs are often academically and emotionally demanding. High pressure learning situations are ideal for preparing students for the long and stressful periods in which professional nurses often find themselves. Moreover, many schools have a minimum Grade Point Average that must be maintained. Science and mathematics are at a premium both in applying for, and once enrolled in, degree programs, while courses in microbiology and pharmacology are as common as courses in healthcare management and medical ethics.

Accredited BSN degrees can be earned online or in a traditional classroom setting. Although many of these degree programs tend to be full time endeavors, more and more schools are offering RN to BSN degrees for working nurses. These RN to BSN degrees may accept previous coursework from associate programs, cutting down the time to graduation to two years. Similarly, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) may find BSN programs willing to accept previous coursework.

In Illinois there are at least 30 tertiary schools that offer BSN or RN to BSN degrees. The quality and design of these individual schools certainly varies, but a BSN degree must be accredited by the CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education). Those earning a degree are then allowed to sit for the RN licensing exam offered by the National Council of Licensure. In Illinois, the average salary for a BSN nurse is around $81,000, although experience, location, and other factors certainly come into play.

All things considered, a BSN can be a valuable and lucrative investment for those seeking a career in the nursing industry.

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Online BSN Degree in Illinois

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  • You could go from RN to BSN in as few as 9 months at CTU
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  • BSN completion program for Registered Nurses is available entirely online.
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List of CCNE Accredited BSN
Programs in Illinois

Complete list of Illinois colleges and universities that offer CCNE accredited BSN programs:

Aurora University
347 S Gladstone Ave
Aurora, IL
(630) 844-3838
BSN Degree

Benedictine University
5700 College Rd
Lisle, IL
(630) 829-6000
BSN Degree
MSN Degree

Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing
Quincy, IL
BSN Degree
MSN Degree

DePaul University
2135 N Kenmore Ave
Chicago, IL
(773) 325-7999
BSN Degree
MSN Degree

Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL
(217) 345-8340
BSN Degree

Elmhurst College
180 W Park Ave
Elmhurst, IL
(630) 279-0227
BSN Degree
MSN Degree

Illinois State University
Corner Of Gregory & Adelaide Sts
Normal, IL
(309) 438-8065
BSN Degree
MSN Degree

Illinois Wesleyan University
104 University St
Bloomington, IL
(309) 556-1000
BSN Degree

Kaplan University
Chicago, IL
BSN Degree

Lakeview College of Nursing
580 W Lincoln Ave
Danville, IL
(217) 345-1575
BSN Degree

Lewis University
9634 S Roberts Rd
Romeoville, IL
(708) 233-9768
BSN Degree
MSN Degree

Loyola University Chicago
6525 N Sheridan Rd, Ste 1
Maywood, IL
(773) 274-3000
BSN Degree
MSN Degree

MacMurray College
447 E College Ave
Jacksonville, IL
(217) 479-7000
BSN Degree

McKendree University
166 Cranston Ct
Lebanon, IL
(630) 790-3050
BSN Degree
MSN Degree

Methodist College of Nursing
415 NE Saint Mark Ct
Peoria, IL
(309) 671-5133
BSN Degree

Millikin University
1184 W Main St
Decatur, IL
(217) 424-6211
BSN Degree
MSN Degree

North Park University
Chicago, IL
BSN Degree
MSN Degree

Northern Illinois University
W Lincoln Hwy
DeKalb, IL
(815) 753-1000
BSN Degree
MSN Degree

Olivet Nazarene University
Bourbonnais, IL
BSN Degree
MSN Degree

Resurrection University
Oak Park, IL
BSN Degree
MSN Degree

Saint Anthony College of Nursing
5658 E State St
Rockford, IL
(815) 395-5091
BSN Degree
MSN Degree

Saint Xavier University
3700 W 103rd St
Chicago, IL
(773) 239-4421
BSN Degree
MSN Degree

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL
BSN Degree
MSN Degree

Trinity Christian College
6601 W College Dr
Palos Heights, IL
(708) 597-3000
BSN Degree

Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Rock Island, IL
BSN Degree

University of Illinois at Chicago
818 S Wolcott Ave
Chicago, IL
(312) 355-6300
BSN Degree
MSN Degree
DNP Degree

University of St. Francis
Joliet, IL
BSN Degree
MSN Degree
DNP Degree

Western Illinois University
1 University Cir
Macomb, IL
(309) 298-1076
BSN Degree

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