Illinois Nursing License

Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official source is the State Board of Nursing. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Illinois State Board of Nursing before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/20/2015

Nursing Licenses in IllinoisMaster’s Required?
Advanced Practice Nurse (APN)Y
Registered Nurse (RN)N
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)N

Illinois Nursing Salary Average

Licensed Nursing AssistantLicensed Practice NurseRegistered NurseAdvanced Practice Nurse
$25,340$43,880$66,770 >$80,000*
*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in Illinois can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about Illinois nursing salary.

Learn about financial aid options for nurses on our nursing scholarships and grants page.

Is Illinois a Nursing Licensure Compact State?No

Nursing License

There are many paths to become a nurse in Illinois. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Illinois, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Illinois nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Illinois, please let us know!


Illinois Nursing Licensure Renewal

Continuing education requirements may be fulfilled by completing courses approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Illinois Board of Nursing. Licenses renew every two years, and applicants must show proof of a previous active Illinois license. Fee for traditional registered nurse (R.N.) licensure is $60.

Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) in Illinois

EducationGraduate Degree in Specialty Nursing Field
ExaminationVaries for Different Certifications
Fees$125 Application Fee, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)
ExperienceVaries for Different Certifications
Certification Required
  • Nurse Midwife: Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) from the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)
  • Nurse Practitioner: Nurse Practitioner from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB), or the National Certification Corporation (NCC)
  • Nurse Anesthetist: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) from the National Board on the Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist: Clinical Nurse Specialist from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN,) the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the National Certification Corporation (NCC), or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB)

RenewalAPRNs must renew registered licenses before renewing advanced practice nurse (APN) or controlled substance licenses. Advanced practice nurses must submit a copy of current national certification, active R.N. license, proof of completion of 50 hours of continuing education completed in the past two years, and renewal fees of $80. Documents for APN renewal must be mailed, but the license may be renewed online by 5/31 of each even year. Mail all documentation to the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation.
Additional InformationAn Active Illinois Registered Nurse License Is Required for Application

 

 

Registered Nurse (RN) in Illinois

EducationNCLEX-RN
ExaminationCompletion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program
Fees$91 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee
ExperienceNone
RenewalRegistered nurses must renew registered licenses before renewing R.N. or controlled substance licenses, by 5/31 of each even year. Registered nurses must submit a copy of current national certification, active R.N. license, proof of completion of 50 hours of continuing education completed in the past two years, and renewal fees of $80. Documents for R.N. renewal must be mailed, but the license may be renewed online. Mail all documentation to the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation.
Additional InformationNone
EndorsementIndividuals Licensed as a Registered Nurse in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to Board Approval. A $50 Application Fee Is Required

 

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Illinois

EducationCompletion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program
ExaminationNCLEX-PN
Fees$91 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee
ExperienceNone
RenewalLicensed Practical Nurses must renew registered licenses before renewing LPN or controlled substance licenses by 1/31 of each odd year. LPNs must submit a copy of current national certification, active R.N. license, proof of completion of 50 hours of continuing education completed in the past two years, and renewal fees of $80. Documents for LPN renewal must be mailed, but the license may be renewed online. Mail all documentation to the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation.
Additional InformationNone
EndorsementIndividuals Licensed as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to Board Approval. A $50 Application Fee Is Required