Chatham University

RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

Chatham's online RN-BSN degree is based on a strong liberal arts and science foundation preparing nursing students with the knowledge, skills, and attitude to perform creatively, ethically, and effectively. This nursing program is focused on developing leadership and management skills and increasing the career mobility of the registered nurse. It also provides students a gateway for furthering their educations.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing EducationThe RN-BSN, MSN, and DNP programs at Chatham University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

RN-BSN Program Structure (120 Credits)

The RN-BSN program is taught in an accelerated online distance learning format. To successfully complete the RN-BSN program, students are required to complete 120 credit hours in college level courses. Students must maintain a cumulative 2.0 or better to be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

Chatham University accepts a maximum of 90 transfer credits in the RN-BSN program, meaning that many of our students will be able to complete their degree by earning only 30 credits at Chatham. Students from select RN Nursing Schools who graduated prior to December 2015 will qualify for the accelerated option, meaning that they may transfer even more than 90 credits into the program. All newly admitted students will receive an official transfer evaluation to determine their path to degree completion.

Clinical Requirements

To enable nursing students to complete the necessary clinical experiences, Chatham requires students to complete a self-directed clinical placement process. Detailed steps in this process can be found here: RN-BSN Clinicals.

General Education/Liberal Arts Electives

All students in the RN-BSN Program must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours in college level courses. If a student has not completed 120 credit hours after factoring in the number of credits being transferred in and the 26 credits for the core RN-BSN program they will be required to complete additional credits. A growing selection of general education liberal arts online courses will be available each term to satisfy this requirement.


While a minor is not required for the BSN degree, students who need more than the 26 credits offered in the core curriculum – or who are interested in business or psychology – might choose to pursue a minor (18 credits) in Business or Psychology through online courses. Requirements can be found on the RN-BSN Curriculum page. Learn more »

Earn your RN-BSN through Chatham University at Butler County Community College

Through a partnership with Butler County Community College (BC3), Chatham is offering the RN-BSN at a discounted tuition rate with on-ground evening classes convenient for working professionals at BC3's campus in Butler, Pa. Learn more »