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

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Illinois
Nursing Licenses in Illinois Master's Required?
Certified Nurse-Midwife Y
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Y
Clinical Nurse Specialist Y
Clinical Nurse Specialist Y
Registered Nurse (RN) N
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) N

Illinois Nursing Salary Average

Licensed Nursing Assistant: $25,340
Licensed Practice Nurse: $43,880
Registered Nurse: $66,770
Advanced Practice Nurse: >$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.

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!

Compact State Status

Illinois is not a Nursing Licensure Compact State.

Prescriptive Authority in Illinois

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule II-V controlled substances in collaboration with a physician.

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.

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Advanced Practice Nurse (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Certified Nurse Midwife,Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist) in Illinois

Education
Graduate Degree in Specialty Nursing Field

Examination
Varies for Different Certifications

Fees
$125 Application Fee, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)

Experience
Varies 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)

Renewal
APRNs 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 Information
An Active Illinois Registered Nurse License Is Required for Application

Registered Nurse (RN) in Illinois

Education
NCLEX-RN

Examination
Completion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program

Fees
$91 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee

Experience
None

Renewal
Registered nurses must renew registered licenses by 5/31 of each even year with proof of completion of 20 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 Information
None

Endorsement
Individuals 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

Education
Completion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program

Examination
NCLEX-PN

Fees
$91 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee

Experience
None

Renewal
Licensed Practical Nurses must renew licenses by 1/31 of each odd year with proof of completion of 20 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 Information
None

Endorsement
Individuals 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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Nursing@Georgetown

Nursing@Georgetown is an academically rigorous, evidence-based program that culminates in a Master of Science degree in Nursing, delivered online by Georgetown University’s nationally ranked School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Nursing@Simmons

Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring family nurse practitioners through Nursing@USC.

MPH@Simmons

MPH@Simmons, the online Master of Public Health from Simmons College, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global level.

MPH@GW

An innovative online Master of Public Health program offered by the top-ranked Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

MHA@GW

Offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, this online Executive Master of Health Administration program is designed for healthcare professionals who aspire to become leaders in their field.

HealthInformatics@GW

This online Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University enables graduates to improve the efficiency of health care organizations through the use of data and technology.

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