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.