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SIUE, McHenry County College combine for accelerated nursing degree

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing and McHenry County College have agreed to offer an accelerated path to a bachelor’s in nursing that would allow students to complete their general education courses at MCC, earning an associate’s in nursing, then complete their baccalaureate nursing coursework online through SIUE.

Students can take classes at MCC and begin a job in their profession, while working online to obtain their BS from SIUE.

The School of Nursing accelerated registered nurse to Bachelor of Science (RN to BS) in nursing option is offered in a flexible, entirely online format to accommodate the needs of working registered nurses (RNs). The program format consists of eight-week courses, and can be completed in one year (three semesters) if most of the general education requirements are met at the time of admission. A student’s academic progression plan is customized to meet their individual needs. Those interested in attaining an RN to MSN or DNP may apply for accelerated graduate nursing options.

“This is a great opportunity for students to begin working toward their BS while completing their ADN, all while saving thousands in tuition,” said Betsy Schnowske, director of nursing at MCC. “This also allows our students to remain competitive in the job market as they are actively advancing their nursing education.”

“The SIUE School of Nursing is enthusiastic about this long-term partnership with McHenry County College,” said Sheri Compton-McBride (shown), assistant professor and director of the School of Nursing RN/BS Nursing Program and Contract Management. “In all of our partnerships, we are dedicated to positively impacting access to nursing education and growth within the nursing profession, as well as contributing to a diverse, productive nursing workforce. Together, we will work with students to provide a seamless transition to obtain their bachelor’s degree, and for those interested, access to graduate nursing program options.”

For more information, contact MCC at (815) 455-8710 or or visit

About MCC

McHenry County College serves one of the largest counties in Illinois, providing credit and noncredit training opportunities as well as special events for close to 15,000 participants annually. The college offers six associate’s degrees, 35 associate of applied science degrees, and more than 70 certificate programs. The college works to foster strong collaborations with local industry and offers a variety of workforce training and adult education, including ESL, GED, and literacy classes. MCC’s main campus is located in Crystal Lake, Ill.

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