Chatham University

Chatham University Nursing Programs

Nurses play a critical role throughout the nation’s heath care system, and today more than ever the public and private sectors are seeking nurses with advanced education. Nursing shortages are expected throughout the United States, while employers are seeking nurses with advanced degrees to take leadership roles in private practices, hospitals and other healthcare settings.

Chatham University now offers nursing degrees including the RN-BSN, MSN and DNP focusing on evidence-based scientific nursing practice, patient safety, and quality outcomes. Programs are designed to help nurses reach career goals and impact quality health care delivery in a variety of health care environments.

Chatham University Nursing Mission Statement

Chatham University’s Nursing Programs prepare graduates, bachelors through doctoral level, on campus and around the world, to advance the quality and safety of healthcare.

Chatham University Nursing Programs Goals

Chatham University’s Nursing Programs prepares its nursing students, bachelors through doctoral level, on campus and around the world, to advance the quality and safety of healthcare on an individual and population basis; access, utilize, and disseminate information through healthcare technology; embrace human diversity through ethically sound global healthcare; and purposefully impact healthcare systems and policy through leadership, collaboration, and scholarship. Chatham nursing graduates are prepared to function professionally in their work, take on leadership positions at work and in their communities, and acknowledge the need for life-long learning in their profession. Chatham nursing faculty support this learning by providing high quality, contemporary curriculum within an environment of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice and maintaining their own commitment to scholarship and life-long learning.

Nursing Programs

Pathways to Nursing

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Pathways to Nursing prepares world-ready nurses to develop the skills necessary in today's health care system.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

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Offered online through the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, the RN-BSN is designed for practicing and licensed RNs

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

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The MSN prepares advanced practice nurses as nurse educators and leaders in a variety of settings. Courses consist of Core MSN courses and specialty tracks including Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership/Management.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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Building upon Chatham's BSN and MSN programs, the DNP is a clinical doctorate that prepares nurses to practice as clinical leaders in the health care delivery system. Graduates of the DNP program have skill sets and competencies to function in clinical leadership roles depending on student interest and career trajectory.

NEW RN to MSN Educator Track

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The RN to MSN Educator Track allows the student to acquire two degrees and expand their opportunities as nurse educators. By combining both degrees, nurses can earn their BSN and MSN at a lower cost and in less time.

NEW BSN to DNP Executive Track

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Chatham's exclusive BSN to DNP Executive Track is designed for nurses holding BSN degrees who want to fast-track their careers and lead clinical change at the executive level. This competitive program focuses on leadership excellence, advocacy/policy, health promotion, and global health.

Financial Aid

Chatham has established tuition reimbursement programs with several regional employers, including:

  • Allegheny General Hospital
  • Armstrong County Memorial Hospital
  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Family Links
  • HCWP Hospital Consortium of Western PA/Amerinet Central
  • Highmark
  • Indiana Regional Medical Center
  • Latrobe Area Hospital
  • Magee Women's Hospital
  • Pittsburgh Mercy Health System
  • St. Clair Hospital
  • UPMC

Additionally, employees of companies included in our Tuition Reduction Grant Program are eligible for a special 20% tuition reduction: See if your employer is on the list.

Contact your employer's office of human resources for eligibility requirements. More information about financial aid and career opportunities is available at, sponsored by PHEAA and the Pennsylvania Higher Education Foundation.

Please note:

Due to higher education regulation changes, effective April 2012, Chatham University is unable to accept applications for admission to online programs and courses from students residing in:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Iowa
  • Minnesota
  • North Carolina
  • Wisconsin

*Massachusetts residents are not eligible to apply for the RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing program or the Masters programs in Infant Mental Health.

If you are a resident of Maryland enrolling in online classes at Chatham, click here for information from the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

For Maryland Residents enrolled in fully-online programs:

Chatham University is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission to offer online programs.

Chatham University is subject to investigation of complaints by the Maryland Office of the Attorney General and the Maryland Higher Education Commission. If a student complaint has not been resolved through the University process as outlined in the Student Handbook, Maryland residents enrolled in fully-online programs should contact either of these following entities for additional assistance in resolution:

Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 N. Liberty St., 10th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201

Office of the Attorney General
200 Saint Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202

Refund Policy

(1) The minimum refund that an institution shall pay to a Maryland student who withdraws or is terminated after completing only a portion of a course, program, or term within the applicable billing period is as follows: Proportion of Total Course, Program, or Term completed as of Date of Withdrawal or Termination Tuition Refund
Less than 10% 90% refund
10% up to but not including 20% 80% refund
20% up to but not including 30% 60% refund
30% up to but not including 40% 40% refund
40% up to but not including 60% 20% refund
More than 60% No refund

For more information, please contact Graduate Admission, in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies at 866-815-2050 or email