There are several schools in Illinois that can help you reach your goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner. Many nurses get their education in spurts. Some get training, become a LPN. Then they go back and get more, become an RN. If you are a Registered Nurse now, check out these nurse practitioner programs.
University of Illinois at Chicago
The University of Illinois at Chicago has a Nurse Practitioner program that lets you choose from these areas: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Occupational Health/Family Nurse Practitioner, School/Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, or Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.
The coursework is rigorous and includes: Intermediate Statistics, Biostatistics, Nursing Inquiry I and II, Health, Environment and Systems, Issues of Advanced Practice in Nursing, Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Practice Nursing, Comprehensive Health Assessment for Advanced Practice, Biological Basis of Disease, Health Management, Population-Focused Interventions in Primary Care, and Principles of Epidemiology. You then choose whether you want to do a project or a thesis.