Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Would you like more flexibility and independence in your job?

Are you driven by the desire to make a difference in people’s lives?

Do you want to take your career to the next level?

If you answered yes, then our RN to BSN program could be for you!

Since 1978, our program is offered exclusively as a completion program for graduates of associate degree or diploma nursing programs. The degree is designed for working nurses who are interested in advancing their careers.


3 McKendree Campuses

Lebanon, IL

Louisville, KY

Radcliff, KY


Additional Sites for Fall 2015 (pending enrollment)

Alton Memorial Hospital - Alton, IL

St. Anthony's Hospital - Alton, IL

Belleville Memorial Hospital - Belleville, IL

Frontier Community College - Fairfield, IL

Olney Central College - Olney, IL

Kaskaskia College - Centralia, IL

John A. Logan College - Carterville, IL

Rend Lake College - Mt. Vernon, IL

Shawnee Community College - Ullin, IL

Southeastern Community College - Harrisburg, IL

Marion Veteran's Hospital - Marion, IL

Red Bud Hospital - Red Bud, IL

Waterloo City Hall - Waterloo, IL


The majority of required nursing courses are offered in a classroom setting. The core courses (general education) are offered in an online format along with the nursing elective courses.  Most locations meet in the evening.  An entirely online option began in the Fall of 2012.


Tuition for the BSN program is:

Illinois & Paducah, KY        $340 per credit hour

All other KY sites                $360 per credit hour

BSN Online                         $340 per credit hour

All online courses will be charged an additional $60 per credit hour technology fee.

Grant and loan information is available through the Financial Aid Department.

Articulation Agreements

McKendree University has developed articulation agreements with several community colleges throughout Illinois.  This enrollment program provides a seamless transition for nursing students into McKendree's BSN program.  Students who meet McKendree's admission requirements can enroll concurrently in specific coursework toward the BSN degree and are assured of transfer credits into McKendree's BSN program upon successful passing of the NCLEX-RN exam.  ADN program graduates from the community colleges listed below are eligible for a 10% discount per credit hour beginning in the Fall of 2015.  The discount is maintained as long as the student is continuously enrolled.

Each community college has a specific matrix for transfer of credits. It is best to review the matrix with a McKendree representative.  McKendree representatives may be reached at 1-800-BEARCAT, ext. 6576.  Partnering community colleges include:

Illinois Eastern Community College 

John A. Logan College  

Kaskaskia College  

Rend Lake College  

Shawnee Community College  

Southeastern Illinois College  

Southwestern Illinois College  


The table below indicates the typical course requirements.  Some students may have previous bachelor level course work that will adjust these requirements.  Contact a McKendree representative to discuss your individual circumstance at 1-800-BEARCAT, ext. 6576. 


RN to BSN Degree Requirements

Credit Hours


Maximum hours accepted in transfer from ADN

70 hours


Nursing major requirements taken at McKendree

31 hours

(Required nursing major courses listed below) 

NSG 351 Health Assessment and Patho I

3 hours

NSG 352 Health Assessment and Patho II

4 hours

NSG 366 Concepts in Research

3 hours

NSG 367 Research Application in Prac. (W)

4 hours

NSG 404 Diversity in Healthcare Delivery

3 hours

NSG 451 Concepts in Population Based Care

4 hours

NSG 452 Practicum in Population Based Care

3 hours

NSG 471 Concepts in Leadership and Mgt. (W)

4 hours

NSG 472 Practicum in Leadership and Mgt.

3 hours


 Additional McKendree general education/electives

   19 hours


 Total required to complete RN to BSN

  120 hours



CCNE Accredited SealAccreditation

The baccalaureate program at McKendree University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

BSN Goals

1.   Prepare nurses to integrate the knowledge from nursing and the arts and sciences into nursing practice.

2.   Develop life-long learners.

BSN Aggregate Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

1.   Demonstrate critical thinking skills by integrating knowledge from various disciplines.

2.   Synthesize knowledge from the art and science of nursing to improve quality and safety in patient care throughout the lifespan.

3.   Analyze the effects of social, cultural and environmental components on health status.

4.   Utilize assessment to plan nursing care for individuals, families, groups, and communities.

5.   Demonstrate inter-professional communication/collaboration skills.

6.   Apply leadership principles to professional practice.

7.   Incorporate nursing research into evidence-based nursing practice.



Richelle RennegarbeRichelle Rennegarbe, PhD, RN, CENP

Professor of Nursing
Chair of the Division of Nursing
1st Floor Division of Nursing
(618) 537-2148

Helene SeibertHelene Seibert, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing
1st Floor Division of Nursing
(618) 537-6841


Janice AlbersJanice Albers, MSN, RN

Instructor of Nursing
1st Floor Division of Nursing


Bob Van KanelRobert Von Kanel, MSN, RN

Instructor of Nursing
Kentucky Campuses
(502) 266-6696


Sara Bolten

Sara Bolten, MSN, RN

Instructor of Nursing
Kentucky Campuses
(502) 266-6696

Kelli LewisKelli Whittington, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing
1st Floor Division of Nursing
(618) 537-6845


Paula BullPaula Bull, MSN, RN

Instructor of Nursing
1st Floor Division of Nursing
(618) 537-6444

Janice WiegmannJanice Wiegmann, PhD, RN

Professor of Nursing
1st Floor Division of Nursing
(618) 537-6842


Martha McDonaldMartha McDonald, PhD, RN, CCNS, CNE

Associate Professor of Nursing
1st Floor Division of Nursing
(618) 537-6437