Division of Nursing

Welcome to the McKendree University Division of Nursing. We are proud of our nursing programs. We have locations throughout Illinois and Kentucky, as well as e-learning course options. Graduates from the McKendree University nursing program excel in oral and written communication skills, as well as gain an in-depth knowledge regarding current nursing practice.

The Division of Nursing has two programs:

The BSN completion program builds on the Associate/Diploma education. The MSN program has two tracks to choose from, a Nurse Educator track and a Nurse Manager/Administration track. The Nurse Educator track is designed for nurses who desire to teach nurses or patients within the clinical setting. The Nurse Management/Administration track is designed for those nurses seeking a leadership position in the field of nursing.

The McKendree Nursing faculty and staff are committed to assisting our nursing students. Please feel free to contact us for more information. We look forward to meeting you. Not only am I the chair of the division of nursing, I also teach in the program, and I am proud to say that I am a 1993 McKendree University BSN graduate!


Richelle Rennegarbe, Ph.D., R.N.

Professor of Nursing

CCNE Accredited SealAccreditation

The baccalaureate and master's programs at McKendree University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu//ccne-accreditation)

Nursing Division Mission Statement

The mission of the Nursing Division is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to evolve their nursing practice. Students in the Nursing Division are prepared to apply the philosophies, theories, research and skills from the liberal arts, and the discipline of nursing to their own practice with a baccalaureate or masters degree. The nursing faculty at McKendree University believes several concepts are essential to the curriculum of the program. The concepts of individual, family and community health; education; nursing process; diversity; professional leadership and communication; ethics; and research-based practice are foundations of nursing higher education at McKendree University.

Nursing Division Philosophy

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Contact Us


Photo of Kelli WhittingtonKelli D. Whittington, Ph.D., R.N., CNE

Division Chair

(618) 537-6845


Photo of Naomia SeversNaomia Severs

Division Secretary

(618) 537-6437

1-800-232-7228, x 6437



Illinois Faculty:

Kentucky Faculty:

Photo of Janice AlbersJanice Albers, D.N.P., R.N., CLC

(618) 537-2141


Photo of Sara BoltenSara S. Bolten, M.S., R.N., CNE

(502) 266-6696


Photo of Kari FrizzoKari Frizzo, M.S.N, R.N.

(618) 537-6444


Photo of Bob Von Kanel

Robert Von Kanel, M.S.N., R.N.

(502) 266-6696


Photo of Martha McDonaldMartha McDonald, Ph.D., R.N., CCNS, CNE

(618) 997-3385 (Home Phone)



Photo of Amy PiontekAmy Pionteck, M.S.N.

(618) 537-6989




Photo of Richelle RennegarbeRichelle Rennegarbe, Ph.D., R.N., CENP

(618) 537-2148



Photo of Helene SeibertHelene Seibert, Ph.D., R.N.

(618) 537-6148



Photo of Janice WiegmannJanice Wiegmann, Ph.D., R.N.

(618) 537-6842





Nursing Admission


Photo of Caleb VinesCaleb Vines

(618) 537-6411


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