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 2016 (pending enrollment)

Alton Memorial Hospital - Alton, 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. An entirely online option began in the Fall of 2012.


Tuition for the BSN program is $350 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 degree in nursing program at McKendree University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6792

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.



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

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

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

Instructor of Nursing
1st Floor Division of Nursing


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

Instructor of Nursing
1st Floor Division of Nursing


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

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

Photo of Sara Bolten

Sara Bolten, M.S., R.N., CNE

Instructor of Nursing
Kentucky Campuses
(502) 266-6696

Photo of Bob Von KanelRobert Von Kanel, M.S.N., R.N.

Instructor of Nursing
Kentucky Campuses
(502) 266-6696


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

Instructor of Nursing
2nd Floor Division of Nursing


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

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


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

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

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

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