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. Submit a free application.


Why an Online RN to BSN Degree?

The National Academy of Medicine (2021) released The future of nursing 2020-2030: Charting a path to achieve health equity, on May 11, 2021. McKendree University's RN to BSN program supports this nation-wide focus and effort to "chart a path for the nursing profession to help our nation create a culture of health, reduce health disparities, and improve the health and well-being of the U.S. population in the 21st century."



A Better Online Nursing Program That Fits Your Schedule

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CCNE Accredited Seal

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



Course Format

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



Advancement Opportunities



School Nurse Endorsement




Career Opportunities



Outpatient Surgery Centers

Home Health

Nursing Care Facilities

Rehabilitation Centers

Hospice Agencies



Application Process (Free)

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 (800) BEARCAT.




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.





McKendree is proud to announce the Diana Joyce Doros Scholarship recognizing the critical role of nursing professionals in improving health outcomes for nurses without tuition reimbursement. The endowed scholarship fund makes available $5,000 awards divide over the duration of the program for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) or a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Population Health. The generous $750,000 endowed scholarship honors the life and legacy of the late Diana Joyce Doros. Please complete the scholarship application by July 15.




Tuition for the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is $410 per credit hour. The only additional fees will be for textbooks and approx. $125 Certified Criminal Background/Immunization Verification.



Employer Reimbursement

1. Only the amount that will be paid by the employer can be deferred. Any remaining portion should be paid promptly by the student.

2. A letter from the employer stating that the employee (student) is eligible for tuition reimbursement will be required each semester and should be emailed to before the start of the term.

3.  The student should make every attempt possible to pay as they go. Payment is due by or before 30 days from the date grades are available. Please make note of these dates when registered for 8-week courses. 

4.  Checks sent directly to McKendree should be made payable to McKendree University with the student ID number on the memo line. 

5.  Registration for future terms is permitted if the student is current with deferred payment for the current term. Please direct questions to the Director of Student Accounts: 618-537-6547.  



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.



Goals & Outcomes

McKendree BSN Goals and Aggregate Student Outcomes



Next Step

Contact your student service specialist below and get details on the admission process, unofficial transcript evaluation, and our next start date.

Photo of Carol FairlieCarol Fairlie

Student Services Specialist
Old Main 102, Lebanon, Illinois
(618) 537-6507 



Key Faculty


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

Chair of Division of Nursing
Professor of Nursing

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



Photo of Angela Gilbreth, DNPAngela Gilbreth, DNP, RN, CLS

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Nursing House
(618) 537-2141

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 Jill Parsons, Ph.D.Jill Parsons, Ph.D, R.N., CNE

Associate Professor of Nursing
Nursing House
(618) 537-6842



Photo of Danielle Shubert, DNPDanielle Shubert, DNP, RN, CPNP

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Nursing House
(618) 537-6444



Photo of Kendra Taylor, DNPKendra Taylor, DNP

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Nursing House
(618) 537-6989