Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) | Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA

Chatham University

Master of Science in Nursing

Chatham University's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program is delivered as a fully online program and builds on BSN foundations, preparing advanced practice nurses for roles in nursing leadership, nursing education or as nurse informatics specialists. The program offers a contemporary nursing curriculum with tracks in:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The RN-BSN, MSN, and DNP programs at Chatham University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 463-6930.


MSN Program Structure (33 Credits)

The curriculum consists of 14-week MSN and specialty track courses to prepare nurses for a variety of advanced practice roles. The last two semesters include practice experiences with a qualified preceptor within their specialty area and geographic location. These supervised experiences total a minimum of 120 hours. Upon graduation, these hours may be applied toward the required 500 practice experience hours necessary to apply for admission into the DNP program.

A cohort of full-time and part-time students for each track is admitted each fall. Full-time students are able to complete the degree in four sequential semesters; part-time students in six semesters. The program's online structure maintains a minimum three days per week participation schedule that offers flexibility to fit into students' current work and life responsibilities. All 12 courses in the MSN program are taught by expert nursing faculty in small class sizes, ensuring individualized attention and communication throughout your graduate studies.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program was ranked in the top 100 of all programs in the U.S. News and World Report 2018 Best Online Programs edition

Top 100

The Master of Science in Nursing program (along with Chatham's DNP) was ranked in the top 100 of all programs in the U.S. News & World Report "2018 Best Online Programs" edition.

Professional Nurse Educator Certificate (12 Credits)

The Nurse Educator Certificate is a 12 credit certificate that provides the nurse with the basic educational tools necessary to teach nursing and/or nurses in an academic or clinical setting. The Certificate can be completed in two semesters. There is an optional 250 experiential practice hour practicum course for those students who want to apply their teaching knowledge and skills under the supervision of an educator preceptor for an additional 3 credits.

RN-to-MSN Educator Track (47 Credits)

The RN-to-MSN Educator Track allows the student to complete two graduate degrees in 47 credits. The BSN component prepares the registered nurse to improve leadership and management skills in the role of the clinical nurse. The MSN educator track provides the student with the graduate level knowledge and skills to become leaders and educators to nurses and other healthcare professionals as well as patients in clinical, academic, medical device sales, pharmaceutical sales, continuing education, and healthcare insurance settings. A minimum of 260 practice experience hours will be accrued.

BSN-to-DNP Executive Track (53 Credits)

The BSN-to-DNP Executive Track allows the student to complete two graduate degrees in 53 credits. The MSN component prepares the student for nursing leadership roles and the DNP component has the student develop, complete and evaluate an executive level project to demonstrate the knowledge and skills of the terminal nursing degree. A total of 1000 practice experience hours will be obtained.