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Chatham University converting successful Master of Science in Nursing program to fully online format

PITTSBURGH (October 2, 2012) …Chatham University will convert its current Master of Science in Nursing program to a fully online format beginning fall 2013. The current hybrid program format includes a strong online component. However, to allow more flexibility for working nurses, the program has been reformatted to be entirely online.

A local leader in nursing education, Chatham University has specialized in online nursing degrees with its RN to BSN programs since 2006 and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) since 2007. A total of 179 students are currently enrolled in nursing programs at Chatham. Program graduates have achieved success in their careers through promotions; acceptance to present their educational culmination projects on a local, regional, and national level; and new opportunities now available to them through advanced degrees.

“The focus of Chatham’s programs has always been in allowing working nurses the flexibility to complete the degrees no matter their schedule,” said Kathleen Spadaro, assistant professor of nursing at Chatham University. “Converting this successful program to an all-online format will allow nurses nationwide the opportunity to earn a master’s degree while not having to adjust their work schedules.”

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education-accredited MSN program will offer three specialty tracks: Leadership, Education, and Informatics. In addition, the program has been adapted to provide a greater clinical experience, allowing students an easier transition into Chatham’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. In the past, the master’s program did not include many clinical hours, making it difficult for a student to qualify for DNP admission.

“Graduates walk away with not only a degree, but practical experience in their specialty areas with tangible results,” said Spadaro. “Graduates from our program have increased their involvement in their organization to improve healthcare and leadership and have advanced in their career through promotions to new positions.”

Courses build on each other from beginning to end and are designed to allow students some flexibility in scheduling, requiring approximately four days each week to complete. Students will gain an understanding of larger healthcare issues, building on the foundation of students’ bachelor’s degrees.

In addition to online coursework, students are required to complete 250 supervised clinical hours through individualized placements, and students are prepared for roles as leaders/administrators, educators, or informatics specialists in a variety of healthcare delivery and policymaking settings.

Students can complete the program, which meets the new competencies from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, in 16 months. Applications are currently being accepted for enrollment in the fall 2013 cohort.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region.

Consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and graduate and online programs for both men and women, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, the health sciences, and business & entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

Chatham has also demonstrated institutional commitments to reach carbon neutrality by 2025 and has been recognized as a leader in sustainability by The Princeton Review, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the League of American Bicyclists, and Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit