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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN Online) Degree


Play the Dr. Rennegarbe: Nursing Division VideoWhy an Online MSN Degree?

The online Master of Science degree in nursing allows the nurse to explore an area of interest including management, education, population health, etc. The online MSN provides an advanced education in the area of expertise with the goal of achieving a nursing position in this specific field.


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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.



Online MSN Options

The online 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

Population Health

Dual MSN/MBA Degree  



Career Opportunities

Nurse Educator - Hospital

Nurse Educator - Clinic

Nurse Educator - Community College

Nurse Manager - Charge Nurse

Nurse Manager - Unit Director

Nurse Manager - Director of Nursing

Nurse Manager - Chief Nurse Executive

Population Health - Hospice

Population Health - Home Health

Population Health - Leadership and Hospital Education

Population Health - Public Health Practices

Population Health - Nurse Navigators

Population Health - Case Managers

Population Health - Utilization Review

Population Health - Education



Application Process

Students interested in participating in the online MSN program must submit an online application for admission. For additional information, please contact 1-833-317-7236.



Graduation Cap


We feel that practicum experience in your area of experience are imperative to your success as a masters prepared nurse. You will engage in practicum experiences based on the MSN track that you choose.

Educator: 160 hrs

Manager: 150 hrs

MSN / MBA: 165 hrs

Population Health: 150 hrs



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




Tuition for the online Master of Science in Nursing program is $470 per credit hour. All online courses have a $70 per credit hour fee. Total cost is $540 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.



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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. 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.



Required Course of Study


Core nursing courses required of all online MSN students

NSG 500 Advanced Nursing Research (4 credits)

NSG 501 Health Policy and Advocacy (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 Quality and Performance in Organizations (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)



Population Health


NSG 650 Epidemiology (3 credits)

NSG 651 Impacting Population Health and Wellness Across the Continuum (3 credits) 

NSG 652 Theories, Systems, and Concepts of Population Health (4 credits)

NSG 653 Leadership in Population Health (3 credits)

NSG 654 Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Prevention to Promote Individual and Population Outcomes (3 credits)

NSG 655 Advanced Population Health Practicum (3 credits)

NSG 613 Scholarly Project (2 credits)


NSG 614 Thesis (6 credits)





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

Assistant Professor of Nursing
1st Floor Division of Nursing
(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 Richelle RennegarbeRichelle Rennegarbe, Ph.D., R.N., CENP

Director of Graduate Nursing Programs
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

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Chair of the Division of Nursing

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


Photo of Janice WiegmannJanice 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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