The BSN degree is offered exclusively as a baccalaureate completion program for graduates of associate degree or diploma nursing programs.


RN to BSN Major Requirements

NSG 351  Health Assessment and Pathophysiology I  3 credits

NSG 352  Health Assessment and Pathophysiology II  4 credits

NSG 366  Concept in Research  3 credits

NSG 367  Research Application in Practice (W)  4 credits

NSG 404  Diversity in Healthcare Delivery  3 credits

NSG 451  Concepts of Population Based Care 4 credits

NSG 452  Practicum in Population Based Care  3 credits

NSG 471  Concepts in Leadership and Management  (W)  4 credits

NSG 472  Practicum in Leadership and Management  3 credits


Nursing Electives

NSG 302  Body Fluids and Electrolytes  1 credit

NSG 303  Infectious Diseases  1 credit

NSG 304  Antimicrobial Pharmacology  1 credit

NSG 305  Cardiovascular and Renal Pharmacology  1 credit

NSG 306  Central Nervous System Pharmacology  1 credit

NSG 307  Writing for Nurses  3 credits

NSG 308  Anatomy and Physiology Review  1 credit

NSG 309  Spirituality in Nursing  3 credits

NSG 310 Intro to Nursing Budgets  3 credits

NSG 311  Nursing Care of the Older Adult  3 credits

NSG 315  Nursing Theory  3 credits

NSG 330  Counseling for Health Professionals  3 credits

NSG 335  Methods of Teaching in Nursing Practice  3 credits

NSG 355  Health Policy and Economics  3 credits

NSG 360  Frontier Nursing (1-2 credits)

NSG 361  Nursing and the Law  3 credits

NSG 405  Ethical Legal Issues  3 credits

NSG 430  Historical Development of Nursing  3 credits

General Education Requirements


Behavioral Science

Psychology 3 credits


Sociology 3 credits

Mathematics and Science

Statistics 3-4 credits

(in addition to Pathophysiology)

Computer Software 3 credits

(one science must include a lab)

Anatomy and Physiology 3 credits


Microbiology or Competency


Chemistry or Competency


 PHI 391 Biomedical Ethics 3 credits or


 NSG 405 Ethical/Legal Issues in Nursing 3 credits

Additional General Education Requirements

 Fine Arts 3 credits


 Philosophy or Religion 3 credits


 History, Economics, or Political Science 3 credits


 Literature 3 credits


 English I 3 credits


 English II or NSG 307 Writing for Nurses 3 credits


Students do not have to have all general education requirements fulfilled prior to enrollment in the RN to BSN program.

Application Process

Students interested in participating in the online RN to BSN program must submit an online application for admission.  Enrollment in the online program will be limited to 80 students.  Please apply early.  For additional information, please contact 1-800-BEARCAT, ext. 6576.


Tuition for the online Bachelor of Nursing program is $340 per credit hour.  All online courses have a $60 per credit hour fee.  Total cost is $400 per credit hour for the online nursing 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 http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.  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.  ISAC will then send you a letter indicating your eligibility for any State Aid.  You may be eligible for State Aid even though you are not eligible for Federal Aid.  Please file your FAFSA as soon as possible.  State budget limitations at times cause funding shortages.  (The reference to 'State Aid' is implied for only those students residing in Illinois.)

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.

Evaluation of Transfer Credit

McKendree University gives careful consideration to your previous coursework and will transfer in as many credits as possible.  Courses are individually evaluated to determine which are transferable and what requirements have been met.  Transcripts will be evaluated by the Office of Academic Records and the Division Chair of the department.  

Official evaluations are completed once you have been admitted to McKendree University.  Please note the following:     

•   Only courses with a letter grade of 'C' or better may be accepted in transfer.   Pass/fail courses will not be accepted.

•   At least 120 credit hours are required for graduation, with a minimum of 50 hours from a 4-year institution, 32 of which must be from McKendree.

•   You may receive a maximum of 70 credit hours in transfer from a two-year institution, including credit for military experience (with transcripts), CLEP, AP and DANTES.

•   Up to 96 credit hours may be accepted in transfer from an accredited 4-year institution.

•   Proficiencies earned at other institutions are not accepted.

•   All students must pass a writing proficiency examination before graduating from McKendree.