RN - BSN Completion Programs in Illinois

There has been an increased demand for BSN educated nurses in the Illinois hospital setting to care for the growing population of older and acutely ill patients. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there is an increasing number of baccalaureate educated registered nurses and a decreasing number of associate's and diploma educated nurses. This data reinforces the importance of earning a BSN degree to stay competitive for future job opportunities and greater earning potential.

The BSN is essential for management and leadership positions. The ANA and AACN have stated that they recognize the BSN as the minimum education necessary for professional nursing practice. The BSN is also the required stepping stone for graduate level nursing programs that prepare registered nurses for nurse educator roles, advanced practice roles, research positions, leadership positions and many other career paths.

The RN - BSN programs offered in Illinois will help students strengthen their critical thinking and analytical skills, clinical reasoning skills, leadership skills, communication skills and related areas of baccalaureate level nursing skills. The Illinois Articulation Initiative offers an opportunity to transfer previous associate's degree credits toward a BSN degree. In most cases, students can complete the BSN in two years or less. Some online RN to BSN programs can be completed in as little as 12 months.

RN to BSN Online Programs Offered in Illinois

Online RN to BSN programs are offered by most nursing schools in Illinois as well as some top nursing schools around the country that offer the RN to BSN with no residency requirements. Online programs provide identical course content to that of the campus based RN to BSN program. Online RN to BSN programs offer flexibility to the working registered nurse as well as those student's who do not have convenient access to a campus based program in Illinois. You might also want to research RN to MSN programs in Illinois.

Nursing Schools Based in Illinois Offering an RN to BSN Program

Aurora University - School of Nursing

The online RN to BSN is accredited by the CCNE.

Program Offered: RN to BSN

  • Aurora University, 347 South Gladstone Avenue, Aurora, Illinois 60506-4892, PH: 630-892-6431

Bendictine University - Department of Nursing & Health

The online RN to BSN is accredited by the CCNE.

Program Offered: RN to BSN, Online MSN (Tracks for Administrators, Leaders and Educators)

  • Benedictine University, Room 248 Kindlon Hall, 5700 College Road, Lisle, IL 60532, PH: 630-829-1152

DePaul University - Department of Nursing

The online RN to BSN is accredited by the CCNE.

Program Offered: RN to BSN, MSN (Tracks in: Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Nursing Education, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Health Systems Leadership, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner)

  • DePaul University, 1 E. Jackson, Chicago, IL 60604, PH: 312-362-8000

Governors State University

The online RN to BSN is accredited by the NLNAC. The MSN programs are also NLNAC accredited.

Programs Offered: Online RN to BSN, MSN - (Clinical Specialist in Adult Health or Nurse Administrator Tracks), DNP

  • Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park, Illinois 60466-0975, PH: 708-534-5000

McKendree University - Division of Nursing

The RN to BSN and MSN programs are CCNE accredited.

Program Offered: RN to BSN, MSN (Nurse Manager and Nurse Educator tracks)

  • McKendree University, 701 College Road, Lebanon, Illinois 62254, PH: 618-537-4481

Millikin University - Division of Nursing

The RN to BSN and MSN programs are NLNAC accredited.

Program Offered: RN to BSN, MSN (Clinical Nurse Leader and Nurse Educator tracks)

  • School of Nursing - Millikin University, 1184 West Main Street, Decatur, Illinois 62522, PH: 217-424-6348

Northern Illinois University - School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Program Offered: RN to BSN, MSN (Adult Clinical nurse specialists, Adult nurse practioners, Family nurse practitioners, Nurse educators tracks)

  • School of Nursing, 1240 Normal Road, DeKalb, IL 60115, PH: 815-753-1231

Olivet Nazarene University - Department of Nursing

The RN to BSN program is CCNE accredited.

Program Offered: RN to BSN, MSN (Concentrations in: nursing education, management and leadership, and emergency preparedness disaster readiness)

  • Olivet Nazarene University-Department of Nursing, One University Avenue, Bourbonnais, IL, 60914-2345, PH: 815-939-5340

Quincy University - School of Professional Studies

The RN to BSN is offered in partnership with Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing.

Program Offered: RN to BSN

  • Quincy University, 1800 College, Quincy, IL 62301, PH: 217-228-5432 ext. 3408

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - School of Nursing

Program Offered: RN to BSN, MSN (Tracks in: Health Care and Nursing Administration, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Educator, and Family Nurse Practitioner)

  • SIUE School of Nursing, Alumni Hall, Room 2117 Campus Box 1066, Edwardsville, IL 62026, PH: 618-650-3956

Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences

The BSN program is CCNE accredited.

Program Offered: RN to BSN

  • Trinity College, 2122 25th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois 61201, PH: 309-779-7700

University of Illinois Online

Program Offered: BSN Completion Program Online

  • Global Campus Student Services, 510 Devonshire, Suite H, Champaign, IL 61820, PH: 866-896-3939

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