Illinois contains 20 schools that offer practical nursing programs. Loyola University Chicago, the highest-ranking practical nursing school in IL, has a total student population of 15,879 and is the 144th highest ranked school in America.
Of the 20 practical nursing schools in Illinois, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Loyola University Chicago comes out as the most expensive ($27,955/yr), with Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Olney Central College as the lowest recorded at only $1,887/yr.
Practical Nursing students from Illinois schools who go on to become practical nurses, nurses, nurse practitioners, natural health practitioners, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 2,583,770 people working as registered nurses alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $66,530. Also, Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses make on average $40,900 per year and there are about 728,670 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Illinois alone, there are 24,390 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average yearly salary of $41,240. Registered nurses in this state earn $65,440/yr and there are 116,340 employed.
Also, within the practical nursing schools in Illinois, the average student population is 3,360 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 17 to 1. Aside from practical nursing, there are 7983 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 2,830 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $7,282, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
Illinois Interesting Facts