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 Nursingbefore applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 9/6/2013

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
$24,690$41,240$65,440 >$80,000*
*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in Illinois can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about Illinois nursing salary.

Illinois Nursing Scholarships

Below, find opportunities for nursing scholarships in Illinois. Click on the nursing scholarship’s name to learn more. For additional nursing financial aid options take a look at our nursing scholarships and grants page.

Nursing Scholarships in IllinoisScholarship Amount

Illinois Farm Bureau’s Rural Nurse Practitioner Scholarship$4,000
Program consists of five $4,000 scholarship which will be awarded by the program, to be used by the selected RN to further their study at an accredited college/university to become a Nurse Practitioner and practice in a rural area of Illinois. The scholarships are funded by the Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program. You will be required to work for two years in a rural community.

Illinois National Health Service Corps State Loan Repayment Program
Up to $50,000


Every participant is required to engage in the full-time clinical practice of the profession for
which the participant was awarded a loan repayment contract

Veterans’ Home Nurse Loan Repayment ProgramUp to $5,000/year

The Veterans’ Home Nurse Loan Repayment Program provides for the payment of eligible educational loans as an incentive for nurses to pursue and continue their careers at State of Illinois veterans’ homes.

Nurse Educator Loan Repayment ProgramUp to $5,000/year
Have worked as a nurse educator instructing practical or professional nurses in an approved Illinois institution for at least the past 12 consecutive months prior to the date of each application for this program

Learn about more 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!


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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. Mail all documentation to the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation.
Additional InformationAn Active Illinois Registered Nurse License Is Required for Application
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Registered Nurse (RN) in Illinois

EducationNCLEX-RN
ExaminationCompletion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program
Fees$50 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee
ExperienceNone
RenewalRegistered nurses must renew registered licenses before renewing R.N. or controlled substance licenses. 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
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Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Illinois

EducationCompletion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program
ExaminationNCLEX-PN
Fees$50 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee
ExperienceNone
RenewalLicensed Practical Nurses must renew registered licenses before renewing LPN or controlled substance licenses. 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
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