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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Online) Degree

Registered nurses enroll in the McKendree Online RN to BSN degree program to enhance safe, quality patient care. Faculty in this online RN to BSN program provide students with a supportive educational environment where students receive exceptional instruction. This online nursing program broadens nurses’ professional scope of practice.

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Why an Online RN to BSN Degree?

The institute of Medicine and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health in 2010. One of the recommendations is to increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80% by 2020. Many hospitals are now requiring a BSN degree.



Course Format

Courses are offered in an 8 week format. Many students can complete the nursing program in as few as five semesters.



Nursing StethoscopeAdvancement Opportunities






Career Opportunities



Outpatient Surgery Centers

Home Health

Nursing Care Facilities

Rehabilitation Centers

Hospice Agencies



Application Process

Students interested in participating in the RN to BSN online program must submit an online application for admission. Please apply early. For additional information, please contact 1-833-317-7236.



Graduation Cap


We feel that practicum experiences in the areas of community health and leadership are very valuable to you in gaining the skills of a bachelor prepared nurse.  You will engage in a variety of learning opportunities in two practicum experiences in the RN to BSN program.  We hope you find the practicum experiences assist you in gaining a strong foundation as a BSN prepared leader.



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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at McKendree University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (




Tuition for the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is $380 per credit hour. All online courses have a $70 per credit hour fee. Total cost is $450 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). 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's 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.



General Education Requirements for BSN

Behavioral Science

Psychology (3 credits)

Sociology (3 credits)

Mathematics & Science (in addition to Pathophysiology) (one science must include a lab)

Statistics (3-4 credits)

Computer Software (3 credits)

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)



Photo of the McKendree University Entryway MonumentEvaluation of Transfer Credit

McKendree University gives careful consideration to your previous coursework and will transfer in as many credits as possible. A student transferring to McKendree, who has received an associate's or bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, is considered to have met all general education requirements, provided the degree is no considered vocational.  Students who have met the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) general education core curriculum (GECC) will also be considered to have met all general education requirements.  For students who have completed a vocational program or hold no prior degree, the 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. McKendree Online staff can provide you with an unofficial evaluation at your request. 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, 30 of which must be from McKendree.

You may receive a maximum of 90 credit hours in transfer from a regionally accredited institution.

Proficiencies earned at other institutions are not accepted.

Send transcripts to:

McKendree University
McKendree Online
701 College Road
Lebanon, IL 62254



Meet the Faculty


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

Assistant Professor of Nursing
1st Floor Division of Nursing


Photo of Sara BoltenSara Bolten, M.S., R.N., CNE

Senior Instructor of Nursing
Kentucky Campus
(270) 351-5003

Photo of Kari HartKari Hart, D.N.P., R.N.

Instructor of Nursing
2nd Floor Division of Nursing
(618) 537-6444

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 Amy Piontek, Ph.D.Amy Piontek, Ph.D., R.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing
1st Floor Division of Nursing
(618) 537-6989

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

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

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

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

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

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

Play the Janice Wiegmann VideoJanice Wiegmann, Ph.D., R.N.

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




Student Services

Photo of Carol FairlieCarol Fairlie

Student Services Specialist
121 Merrill Street, Lebanon, Illinois
(618) 537-6507
(800) BEARCAT, ext. 6507


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