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Browse our list of approved LPN programs in Illinois (IL)

In order to become an Illinois Licensed Practical Nurse you have to enter and complete a state-approved nurse training program and get a passing grade on the NCLEX-PN licensure test. The state of Illinois does not recognize LPN licensure from other states, so if you are actively licensed in another state you have to apply for an endorsement by getting in contact with the Illinois Center for Nursing. If you have no previous nurse training there are many state approved schools by the Illinois Center of Nursing which give you the necessary training. They can be found in vocational schools, community colleges, four-year universities, and hospitals in Illinois.

The one main prerequisite to get into an Illinois approved practical nursing school is a high school diploma or equivalent due to the fact that the school needs to know you know basic math and English skills. Some schools require you to take and pass an entrance examination. When you enter a state-approved program you can be expect to be enrolled for one to two years. The length varies depending on if attend a hospital (1 year) or college (2 years) based program. There will be two components which are: a theory based classroom portion and a hands-on clinical portion. In the classroom you will study such subjects such as anatomy, physiology, chemistry, microbiology, psychology, sociology, growth and development, interpersonal relationships, cultural diversity, pharmacology, surgical & pediatric nursing, and nursing for the elderly. On-line schools are also an option and offer more flexibility in terms of time and ability. In the clinical component of the training you will work with actual patients in a hospital, training with a registered nurse to prepare you for the license exam & get nursing experience.

After completing the educational training at an Illinois state approved school, the LPN candidate must send in their educational credentials to the Illinois Division of Professional Regulation, while also including their work history for the previous five years. A background check and fingerprinting is also required. Once this is done, you take the exam which covers patient care and nursing practices. If you pass the exam you will be on your way to becoming a licensed practical nurse, but if you fail you have up to three years to pass the exam. The job outlook for Illinois Licensed Practical Nurse is excellent due to the aging population in Illinois that require large amounts of health care.

LPN Training Classes in Illinois

  • Programs include Bachelor of Science in Nursing—RN-to-BSN, Master of Science in Nursing, and more.
  • Experienced faculty members provide a practical knowledge of patient care, treatments, and research in the field of nursing.
  • Courses designed to keep students up to date with the latest advances in medical technology.
  • Online and on-campus programs have flexible schedules, designed for working professionals.


  • MS in Nursing
  • Master of Science - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
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  • And more...
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  • Smartphone app available for on-the-go learning.


  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Administration
  • BSN completion program for Registered Nurses is available entirely online.
  • The RN to BSN program is designed to help students advance their career, or prepare for post-graduate opportunities.
  • Courses teach modern health assessment and treatment methods, how to evaluate potential disease or injury, and more.
  • Regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
  • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publishers of G.I. Jobs®.
  • Each program is designed to instill the knowledge, ethical values, and interpersonal skills of professional practice and to foster values of social responsibility.
  • Offers several flexible learning options, including a blended format that combines campus and online learning.
  • Several scholarship opportunities are available for students who qualify.


  • Forensic Psychology (MA) (Online)
  • Healthcare Management programs at the bachelor and master’s level, with undergraduate specializations in health services administration and gerontology management.
  • Specialized degrees that provide in-depth study across multiple disciplines, such as law, marketing, business, government, and technology.
  • Industry-current curriculum where more of the courses you take are devoted to your field of interest, on average, than at other similar schools.
  • Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).


  • Master's – Healthcare Management

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati (UC) has been categorized at the highest level of higher education: the Carnegie Commission (which evaluates the achievements of faculty, current research, leading edge curriculum, and accreditation) has recognized UC as a Doctoral/Research University — Extensive. Each year, this urban, public, nonprofit university graduates 5,000 students, adding to more than 200,000 living alumni around the world. The online programs connect students to a dynamic community of devoted educators, accessible research, and a dedicated support team.


  • Master of Science in Nursing - Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse-Midwifery
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The goal of earning a master’s degree should be defined by you, not by your circumstances. No matter which path you’ve chosen, a graduate degree can help you advance with your current organization, explore opportunities with a new company, or even start fresh in a new industry. When you earn your master's degree, you’re opening new opportunities for career development that can make a difference for you and your family. Through flexible class scheduling, dedicated career advisors and quality programs, NAU strives to provide a caring and supportive learning environment to ensure your success as a student.


  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Care Coordination

Baker College is proud to be the largest independent college in Michigan with the most focused approach to education and training available. With one of the highest graduate employment rates in the country, our mission is to help our students find meaningful employment.

At Baker College, you’ll have the opportunity to choose between an on campus education or an online education, depending on what works best for you and for your schedule. Our ground campuses are located across Michigan and one campus in Reading, Pennsylvania. 


  • Nursing (Post-licensure) - Bachelor

Harrison College prides itself on truly knowing our students -- their lives and families, obstacles and motivations and their dreams and goals. We also know their potential -- that's why for more than 100 years, our mission has been to provide a supportive environment, with the expectation that their success also benefits their families, friends and communities. That's the Harrison Difference.


  • Medical Assisting Diploma
Locations: Evansville

List of LPN Schools in Illinois (IL)

Complete list of Illinois schools that offer state approved LPN training programs:

Americare Institute

1300 Greenbrook Blvd. Ste. 101 Hanover Park, IL 60133

Americare Technical School

2604 W. Dempster Street Park Ridge, IL 60068

Beck Area Career Center

6137 Beck Road Red Bud, IL 62278

Black Hawk College

6600 34th Avenue Moline, IL 61265

CAAN, Coalition of African American Nurses, Inc

1605 S. Wentworth Ave. Calumet City, IL 60409

Capital Area Voc Center

2201 Toronto Road Springfield, IL 62707-8645

Carl Sandburg College

2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd Galesburg, IL 61401

CCC Wilbur Wright College

1645 North California Avenue Chicago, IL 60647

Chicago Public Schools LPN Program

2245 West Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60612

CMK Healthcare

290 Town Center Lane Glendale Heights, IL 60559

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599

Danville Area Community College / Ladder

2000 East Main St.Danville, IL 61832

Elgin Community College

1700 Spartan Drive Elgin, IL 60123

Great Paragon Healthcare, Inc.

1251 W. Devon Ave. Chicago, IL 60660

Heartland Community College / Ladder

1500 West Raab Road Normal, IL 61761

Highland Community College / Ladder

2998 Pearl City Road Freeport, IL 61032

Illinois Central College

201 SW Adams St. Peoria, IL 61635

Illinois Eastern Com College of Nursing / Ladder

305 N. West Street Olney, IL 62450

Illinois Valley Community College / Ladder

815 N. Orlando Smith Ave. Oglesby, IL 61348

International Career Institute

6425 N. Hamlin Ave. Lincolnwood, IL 60712

J. Renee Career Facilitation, Inc.

7105 N. Virginia Road, Suite 1 Crystal Lake, IL 60014

John A Logan Community College

700 Logan College Road Carterville, IL 62918

John Wood Community College

1301 South 48th Street Quincy, IL 62305

Joliet Junior College / Ladder

1215 Houbolt Road Joliet, IL 60431-8938

Kankakee Community College

100 College Drive, Kankakee, IL 60901

Kaskaskia College LPN Program

27210 College Road Centralia, IL 62801

Kishwaukee College / Ladder

21193 Malta Road Malta, IL 60150

Lake Land College

5001 Lake Land Blvd. Mattoon, IL 61938

Lincoln Land Community College / Ladder

5250 Shepherd Road P.O. Box 19256 Springfield, IL 62794-9256

Morraine Valley Community College / Ladder

9000 W. College Parkway Palos Hills, IL 60465-0937

Morton College / Ladder

3801 South Central Avenue Cicero, IL 60804

Northwestern Institute of Health and Technology

4641 N. Ashland Avenue Chicago, IL 60640

Oakton Community College / Ladder

1600 E. Golf Rd. Des Plaines, IL 60016

Omega Healthcare Technical School

400 W. Higgins, Park Ridge, IL 60068

Parkland College

2400 West Bradley Avenue Champaign, IL 61821-1899

PCCTI – PC Center Training Institute

2021 Midwest Road, Suite 300 Oak Brook, IL 60523

Rend Lake College

468 North Ken Gray Parkway Ina, IL 62846

Richland Community College

One College Park Decatur, Illinois 62521

Rock Valley College

3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61114-5699

Sauk Valley Community College

173 IL. Rt. 2 Dixon, IL 61021

Shawnee Community College

8364 Shawnee College Rd. Ullin, IL 62992

South Suburban College

15800 S. State Street South Holland, IL 60473-1270

Southeastern Illinois College

3575 College Road Harrisburg, IL 62946

Spoon River College LPN Program

23235 N. County 22 Canton, IL 61520

Triton College / Ladder

2000 North 5th Avenue River Grove, IL 60171

William Rainey Harper College

1200 West Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067

Practical Nursing Resources

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Illinois Board of Nursing

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(217) 785-0800

Accredited Online LPN Programs

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