Make Your Mark

Make Your Mark

Online MSN

The graduate program in nursing is designed for working nurses who are interested in the masters degree to further careers in nursing education, nursing management/administration, or palliative care.  Students also have the option of a dual MSN/MBA degree.

Required Course of Study

Core nursing courses required of all MSN students

NSG 500  Research Inquiry and Utilization in Healthcare  4 credits

NSG 501  Policy, Economics, and Organization in Healthcare Delivery Systems  3 credits

NSG 502  Ethical Issues  2 credits

NSG 503  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention  2 credits

NSG 504  Cultural Diversity in Healthcare Populations  3 credits

NSG 505  Professional Role Development  2 credits

Nursing Education Requirements


NSG 606  Advanced Health Assessment Through the LIfespan  3 credits

NSG 617  Advanced Clinical Pathophysiology and Pharmacology  3 credits

NSG 609  Philosophy and Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Education  3 credits

NSG 611  Clinical Practicum  2 credits

NSG 612  Nurse Educator Practicum and Seminar  3 credits

NSG 613  Scholarly Project 2 credits


NSG 614  Thesis  6 credits

NSG 615  Educational Methods and Strategies  3 credits

NSG 616  Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education  3 credits


Nursing Management/Administration Requirements


NSG 600  Theories and Principles of Nursing Management  3 credits

NSG 601  Nursing Informatics  3 credits

NSG 602  Human Behavior in Organizations  3 credits

NSG 603  Management of Fiscal Systems  3 credits

NSG 604  Clinical Systems Management  2 credits

NSG 605  Nurse Manager Practicum and Seminar  2 credits

NSG 620  Nurse Manager Clinical Practicum  3 credits

NSG 613  Scholarly Project  2 credits


NSG 614  Thesis  6 credits

Palliative Care

NSG 606 Advanced Health Assessment Through the Lifespan  3 credits

NSG 613 Scholarly Project  2 credits


NSG 614 Thesis  6 credits

NSG 630 Theories and Principles of Palliative Care  3 credits

NSG 631 Advanced Clinical Pathophysiology in Palliative Care  2 credits

NSG 632 Palliative Care Nursing Clinical Practicum  2 credits

NGS 633 Advanced Pharmacology in Palliative Care  3 credits

NGS 634 Palliative Care Nursing Practicum and Seminar 3 credits

NSG 635 Communication and Listening in Palliative Care  3 credits


MSN/MBA Dual Degree


The program offers a traditional two-year (five semesters) program or part-time option (ten semesters) for either option after the baccalaureate in nursing degree is completed.

Application Process

Students interested in participating in the online MSN program must submit an online application for admission.  For additional information, please contact 1-800-BEARCAT, ext. 6576.


Tuition for the online Master of Science in Nursing program in $420 per credit hour.  All online courses have a $60 per credit hour fee.  Total cost is $480 per credit hour for the online MSN program.  The only additional fees will be for textbooks, a $79 Certified Criminal Background/Immunization Verification, and a $100 graduation fee.

Employer Reimbursement

1.  Only the amount that will be paid by the employer can be deferred.  The entire amount will be subject to interest charges until the student's portion is paid.

2.  A letter from the employer stating that the employee is eligible for tuition reimbursement will be required each semester.  Depending upon the employer's tuition reimbursement requirements, a copy of the policy from the company may be sufficient.  This letter should be submitted to the Business Office.

3.   The employer should make McKendree the payee (or at least the co-payee) on the check.

4.  Deferment period will terminate 30 days after the date grades are issued.

5.  The balance will be subject to interest charges if payment is not received within 30 days from the date grades are issued.

Financial Aid

Follow these steps to have your eligibility determined for all financial aid including loans:

1.   Complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at  You will be using the previous year's Federal Income Tax forms.

2.   List McKendree University on the FAFSA.  McKendree's school code is 001722.

3.   You will receive a SAR (Student Aid Report).

4.   Once the student has registered for classes, McKendree Office of Financial Aid will review your SAR to determine your eligibility.  There may be additional paperwork to complete at this time.  The Office of Financial Aid will notify you of what is needed.  Once all documentation is received, an award letter will be prepared and sent to you.

To check on the status of your FAFSA you may call:  1-800-433-3243.