Make Your Mark

Make Your Mark

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 2014

Alton Memorial Hospital - Alton, IL

Belleville Memorial Hospital - Belleville, IL

Frontier Community College - Fairfield, IL

St. Elizabeth's Hospital - Belleville, IL

Kaskaskia College - Centralia, IL

John A. Logan College - Carterville, 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.  Day options are available at John A. Logan College, and on the Louisville and Radcliff campuses.  An entirely online option began in the Fall of 2012.


Tuition for the BSN program is:

Illinois & Paducah, KY        $315 per credit hour

All other KY sites                $350 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, receive guaranteed tuition rate for five years, and are assured of transfer credits into McKendree's BSN program upon successful passing of the NCLEX-RN exam. 

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  

Kentucky Community and Technical College System   


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

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

Kay MueggenburgKay Mueggenburg, PhD, MSN, RN, CHPN

Associate Professor of Nursing
Division of Nursing
(618) 537-6845


Janice AlbersJanice Albers, MSN, RN

Instructor of Nursing
1st Floor Division of Nursing


Helene SeibertHelene Seibert, MSN, RN

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

Sara Bolten

Sara Bolten, MSN, RN

Instructor of Nursing
Kentucky Campuses
(502) 266-6696

Bob Van KanelRobert Von Kanel, MSN, RN

Instructor of Nursing
Kentucky Campuses
(502) 266-6696


Paula BullPaula Bull, MSN, RN

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

Kelli LewisKelli Whittington, PhD, RN

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


Martha McDonaldMartha McDonald, PhD, RN, CCNS, CNE

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

Janice WiegmannJanice Wiegmann, PhD, RN

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