Browse local RN to BSN programs offered at Illinois nursing schools

Complete your Bachelor's degree in Nursing and advance your career

Nursing is a noble and highly sought after profession in today’s economy. The current scenario in this field includes a shortage of skilled nurses and an aging group of baby boomers that will require an increasing amount of healthcare services. This implies that nursing should provide stable and plentiful employment opportunities for years to come.

Many Illinois registered nurses have hands on professional experience in nursing but they have not acquired a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing (BSN). Many nurses enter the profession with either an Associate’s degree in Nursing or a nursing diploma certificate. These nurses are prime candidates for an RN to BSN program which will bring their education up to a Bachelor’s degree level. Different from the standard 4-year BSN program, these courses are specially designed for RNs who wish to acquire a BSN degree. The ‘RN-to-BSN’ programs in Illinois offer several convenient study opportunities to professionals without hampering their work-life. The classes are held on weekends or at night to keep the schedule flexible. In order to further facilitate the studies, online programs have been made available by many reputable universities. In such programs, students can download their study materials and submit theoretical assignments online which trims down a lot of the required face time involved with completing a degree program.

The BSN program helps RNs gain advanced knowledge and expertise in thorough patient care. They are looked at as distinguished professionals in the healthcare field. As a specialized nurse, one would acquire better understanding of the theories, policies and practices of nursing throughout the BSN degree studies.

Nurses are able to explore the brightest career opportunities after earning their BSN degree. It will not only increase their earning potential, but it will also allow the individual to take on more responsibilities in terms of patient care and leading junior professionals. A certified RN can choose from available nursing careers in general practice, research, supervising and surgical assistance. All RNs should take initiative to turn their expertise into a valuable degree by enrolling in an Illinois RN to BSN program offered by a fully accredited academic institution.

Illinois RN to BSN Schools

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  • BS in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Harrison College prides itself on truly knowing our students -- their lives and families, obstacles and motivations and their dreams and goals. We also know their potential -- that's why for more than 100 years, our mission has been to provide a supportive environment, with the expectation that their success also benefits their families, friends and communities. That's the Harrison Difference.


  • RN to BSN
Locations: Terre Haute

Regent University prepares students with the knowledge to excel and the faith to live with purpose. Our 20,000 alumni, from more than 110 countries, are changing the world as accomplished professionals. Named a top-15 school nationally for online bachelor's programs (U.S. News & World Report, 2015), Regent is among the most affordable undergraduate Christian colleges (CCCU 2015). Fully accredited, challenging programs are available online and on campus. New classes begin every eight weeks.


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Do you want to start working toward a career that actually makes you excited? If so, an education from West Coast University (WCU) could be the perfect choice for you! This accredited, private University has a history that dates back over 100 years. Today, WCU offers health care degrees that will help prepare you and educate you on the current trends and issues within the health industry.


  • RN to BSN (Online)
  • RN to MSN (Online)

Abilene Christian University is a national leader in Christian higher education and a place where students, faculty, staff and alumni make a real difference in the world.


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice - Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice - Executive Nursing Leadership

At Kaplan University, we offer over 180 degree and certificate programs. With three different ways to learn, you can choose the format that works best for you:

  • Study wherever you have an Internet connection, because almost all of our courses are 100% online, or
  • Take campus-based classes(with day and evening options available), or
  • Combine campus learning with online classes (blended).


  • Accelerated MS in Nursing
  • MSN - Adult - Gerontology Practitioner
  • Master of Science - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  • And more...
Locations: Davenport

Established in 1897, Bradley University is a private, independent institution of higher learning in Peoria, Illinois. Inspired by our founder, notable philanthropist Lydia Moss Bradley, we pursue excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and service; and we celebrate leadership, integrity, diversity and collaborative learning. Today, we offer an impressive array of more than 130 undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs across five colleges and the Graduate School.


  • Online Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate (MSN to FNP)

The University

With over 80 years of academic achievements, Jacksonville University is a traditional, longstanding institution consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's best colleges.


  • RN to BSN (licensed RNs only)
  • RN to MSN in Clinical Nurse Educator
  • RN to MSN in Leadership in Healthcare Systems
  • And more...

Designed with the needs of working adult students in mind, South University, Online Programs is built on the similar curriculum offered at South University's campus locations. As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.


  • Specialization in Nursing Informatics (RN to MSN)
  • Specialization in Nurse Administrator (RN-MSN)
  • Specialization in Nurse Educator (RN to MSN)
  • And more...

Northwestern College is a special place. Focused programs. Flexible schedules. Supportive faculty. Externship opportunities. But you probably know all of that. What you may not know is what’s behind it. Our history, our mission, our whole philosophy really. Simply put, it’s about preparing people well and quickly for a lifetime of opportunities.


  • Nursing
Locations: Bridgeview

List of RN to BSN Programs in Illinois (IL)

Aurora University
Benedictine University
Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing
Bradley University
Chicago State University
DePaul University
Eastern Illinois University
Elmhurst College
Governors State University
Illinois State University
Kaplan University
Lakeview College of Nursing
Lewis University
Loyola University Chicago
MacMurray College
McKendree University
Methodist College of Nursing
Millikin University
North Park University
Northern Illinois University
Olivet Nazarene University
Rockford College
Saint Anthony College of Nursing
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
Saint Xavier University
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Trinity Christian College
Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Saint Francis- Illinois
West Suburban College of Nursing
Western Illinois University

Can't find a program near you???

There are many accredited RN to BSN programs available in an online format. Distance learning can be a convenient way to complete your degree while continuing to work at the same time.

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Kaplan University Online
Chamberlain College of Nursing
Walden University Online
Western Governors University
Grand Canyon University

Directory of RN to BSN Degree Programs