Chatham University

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

The 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.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

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.

RN-BSN Program Structure (120 Credits)

The RN-BSN program is taught in an 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 degree by completing only 30 credits at Chatham.  Students from select RN Nursing Schools will qualify for the accelerated option, meaning that you 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.

We are pleased to announce RN-BSN program curricular enhancements which will take effect in the Spring 2013 session. NOTE: The total credit hours will remain the same. The programs introductory course (NUR 402 – Health Policy and Ethics in Nursing) is being restructured to include an introduction of basic research skills. Students will be taught how to develop and apply skills in searching, locating, evaluating, and synthesizing information from a variety of sources. This enhancement will allow students to find success in identifying a balance between research and the information that can be gained through the clinical experience.

Note: The changes listed above and the credit structure listed below pertains to students who enter the RN-BSN program on or after Spring 2013. Those students currently enrolled will follow the previous credit structure. Students entering the RN-BSN program prior to Spring 2013 are not required to take the enhanced "basic research skills" and will receive 5 credits for NUR 499.

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.

Liberal Arts Electives

Nursing students will need to complete a group of college-level general education courses prior to the core courses. A growing selection of liberal arts online courses will be available each term to satisfy this requirement.