McKendree University Nursing School Review

McKendree University (MCK) awards associates through doctoral degrees and certificates and is based in Lebanon, Illinois. It was previously known as McKendree College and was Established in 1828 by a group of Methodists. McKendree University continues its affiliation with the United Methodist Church today.

The university was first opened as a seminary. Over 3,000 students earn their degrees and qualifications at McKendree University’s campuses in Lebanon, and the Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, in Louisville and Radcliff (Kentucky) or online. McKendree University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS).

Nursing Degree Programs

Nursing programs at McKendree University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Both the BSN and MSN programs are designed for working RNs desiring to advance their career and education.

McKendree University Undergraduate Nursing Programs

BSN Completion Program (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

The BSN program at MCK is offered on 3 campuses-Lebanon, IL; Lexington, KY; and Radcliff, KY-and also online. The BSN program can be completed in a hybrid format with day or evening classes, in addition to being available completely online. The program is designed for RNs (Registered Nurses) with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) or diploma. Admission requirements for the program include a valid RN license, minimum 2.0 GPA in the ADN or diploma program, and a current CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) certification. In order to graduate from the BSN program, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in all coursework for the nursing program. Students may be admitted conditionally in the event results from the RN licensure exam are pending. Upon graduation of the program, students will earn a BSN. The program is 128 credits, and may normally be completed in 2 years, though students are given up to 8 years to complete all requirements.

McKendree University Graduate Nursing Programs

RN to MSN (Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing)

RNs with a 3.25 GPA or higher may apply directly to the RN to MSN program at MCK. The program allows nurses to earn both a BSN and MSN, without submitting a formal application to the MSN program. Additionally, some graduate coursework may be substituted for BSN coursework. Students in the program must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the BSN program to move directly to the MSN program. Students also have the option of receiving a BSN and opting out of the MSN portion of the program.

MSN (Master of Science in Nursing)

The MSN program at MCK is offered both online and at the Louisville, Kentucky campus. The program offers nurse educator (38-42 credits) and nurse manager/administrator (37-41 credits) tracks. The MSN program may be completed in as little as 5 semesters (2 years). Admission criteria for the program include a valid RN license, 3.0 or higher GPA in undergraduate program, and graduation from an undergraduate program. Students can take up to 7 years to complete the program, but should earn a minimum grade of “B” in all courses. Students will be placed on academic probation if they earn a “C” in more than one course.

McKendree University Nursing Certificate Programs

Post-Master’s Certificate

Nurses holding an MSN may earn a post-masters certificate in Nursing Management/Administration or Nurse Education. The programs can be completed in two and three semesters respectively. Students in the certificate program option will begin their programs in the summer.

McKendree University
701 College Road
Lebanon, IL 62254

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