McKendree, SWIC Join Forces with Nursing Dual Admission Agreement


Lebanon, Ill. — McKendree University and Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) have teamed to help nursing students advance their education and careers.

A new dual admission agreement means SWIC nursing students can transfer seamlessly from the college’s associate degree program to the University’s bachelor’s degree program with junior status.

“This partnership enables nursing students throughout southern Illinois to advance their education and careers by ensuring a seamless transition into our BSN program,” said Dr. James Dennis, McKendree University president.

“Student Success is one of our core values and this agreement, like all of our dual admission agreements with quality institutions, underscores that commitment,” said SWIC President Georgia Costello, Ph.D.

Through this agreement SWIC nursing education students can be enrolled dually at McKendree. Once they have successfully completed the Associate in Applied Science degree program and passed the nursing licensure exam, they may transfer directly to McKendree’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

The two institutions ratified the agreements in October and officially signed the pact Dec. 17.

The university will guarantee its tuition rate for five years, based on continuous enrollment. Qualified students must maintain a minimum 3.25 grade point average while pursuing their AAS in Nursing Education to be eligible to enroll concurrently in coursework toward a BSN at McKendree. SWIC students completing the specific coursework outlined in the agreement will be assured credits will transfer to McKendree.

While still attending SWIC, dual admission students may enroll concurrently in McKendree’s NSG 315 Theoretical Models of Nursing Practice, NSG 345 Transcultural Aspects of Healthcare and NSG 370 Pathophysiology courses at the university’s guaranteed tuition rate.

SWIC and McKendree are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The SWIC Nursing Education program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. McKendree’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education also.

McKendree also offers dual enrollment, a guaranteed tuition rate, and the acceptance and application of credits to nursing students at Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg, and John A. Logan College in Carterville.