RN Programs in Chicago, IL with Degree Program Summaries

Aspiring registered nurses (RNs) should have no trouble finding training options in the Chicago area, as it currently has over 20 schools offering programs in the field. To help you make an informed education decision, learn about the program and admission requirements for three schools located within five miles of the city's center.

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Chicago RN Schools

Prospective registered nurses have several training options in the Chicago area -- including the three discussed here, which are right in or very near the downtown area. Read about the clinical experiences and coursework required in these colleges' programs, and review the table of stats on each institution. Also included is information on many other school options in the area.

  • Robert Morris University, located in downtown Chicago, offers a bachelor's degree in nursing.
  • Only about two miles from the central part of the city, the University of Illinois at Chicago has a bachelor's degree in nursing available as well as an RN to BSN program.
  • City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College offers an associate's-level program in the field. The campus is roughly three miles from downtown.

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Comparison of Schools

The amount of students on campus, along with the setting the school is situated in, can impact what kind of experience you have as a student in and out of class. Find out about enrollment numbers, and many other facts like tuition costs, in the table below.

Robert Morris University University of Illinois at Chicago City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X
School Type 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 2,307 30,539 6,713
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $26,700 $13,704 in-state, $26,560 out-of-state $3,506 in-district, $8,126 in-state, $11,906 out-of-state
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 98% 84% 83%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 67% 77% N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2017)* 51% full-time 80% full-time 60% full-time
Graduation Rate* 39% (Began in 2011) 57% (Began in 2011) 15% (Began in 2014)

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Robert Morris University

The College of Nursing and Health Studies at Robert Morris University offers programs at the associate's and bachelor's degree levels in health sciences. Students can pursue a bachelor's degree through two pathways in nursing.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is 192 quarter credits and combines nursing and core science courses. The curriculum ensures that students have an understanding of human anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, nursing assessment, nutrition, mental health, and health assessment. Clinical experiences take place at several affiliated medical facilities in the Chicago area. There is also the option to enter this program with an Associate Degree in Nursing as a bridge program.

University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) features 16 colleges and schools, including a College of Nursing. In addition to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the college offers an RN to BSN program for individuals who already have nursing associate's degrees and are working as registered nurses.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is 120 credits and prepares students for the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN). The program begins with 57 pre-nursing credits and culminates with 63 nursing credits. Courses cover topics in professional nursing concepts, health assessment, applied pharmacology, family and mental health, acute care, and nursing across the lifespan. Students are also expected to complete a practicum.

RN to BSN Program

Each applicant to the RN to BSN program must have an associate's degree in nursing and pass the NCLEX-RN prior to enrollment. The curriculum covers topics in contemporary nursing practice, nursing management in healthcare, nursing research and statistics, nursing informatics, and health assessment. Each course in the program is eight weeks. This program is offered completely online.

City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College

The City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College features programs designed to transfer to a 4-year university or prepare graduates for a career. Adult education and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are also available as well as non-credit short-term job training. The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing is offered through the Nursing Department.

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing is 69 credits and combines general education requirements with core nursing courses. Nursing students are required to complete courses in fundamentals of nursing and nursing leadership. The program provides students with professional nursing skills and teaches them about human behavior, psychological assessments, and client care.

Other Schools

Registered nursing programs within 10 miles of downtown Chicago are also offered at Rush University, City College of Chicago - Harry S. Truman College, North Park University, City Colleges of Chicago - Kennedy - King College, Loyola University Chicago, Resurrection University, and Concordia University - Chicago.

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