Long Term Care Schools in Illinois - IL
Your long term care education in Illinois is largely dependent on what particular aspect of the long-term care field you are interested in pursuing.
If you’re looking to become a nursing aide or assistant, working in an old folk’s home or elderly ward at a place like the Evanston Hospital or the Northwestern Memorial Hospital, you’ll enroll in a training program that will take around 3 months.
Registered nurses in Illinois working in this field will still have to earn associates and bachelor’s degrees from online or campus based schools, complete a nursing internship, and take the NCLEX-RN. This process takes anywhere from 3 to 5 years, depending on the level of degree you’re going for, and how aggressively you complete your education. The State Board of Nursing does not currently have a separate certification for long-term care nurses.
Life care community administrators and nursing home administrators will need at least a bachelor’s degree, though master’s degrees are more common. Areas of study range from business management and finance, to social gerontology and the psychology and biology of aging. Internships, either at elderly care facilities or at hospitals like the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, are very common in the third year and should be pursued, even though the state board of licensing does not require the two-year practicum that most other states in the US currently do.