Chatham University

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

Chatham University'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 professionalism skills and increasing the career mobility of the registered nurse. The program also provides students a gateway for furthering their education.

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.


RN-BSN Program Structure (120 Credits)

The RN-BSN program is taught in an accelerated asynchronous online distance learning format. To successfully complete the RN-BSN program, students are required to complete a minimum total of 120 credit hours in college level courses through transfer credits, completion of the 26 core RN-BSN credits, and other courses as needed. Students must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA or better to be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

Chatham University accepts a up to 90 transfer credits of college level courses in the RN-BSN program, meaning that many students will be able to complete their degree by earning only 30 credits at Chatham, including the 26 required core RN-BSN credits. Students who graduated prior to December 2015 from select Pre-Licensure Nursing Schools that hold an articulation agreement with Chatham may be able to transfer up to 94 credits into the program. Students who have already earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education and an Associate or Diploma degree from a nursing program may complete the RN-BSN at Chatham University by completing only the 26 required core RN-BSN credits. All requests for transfer credit must be made prior to enrollment. All newly admitted students will receive an official transfer evaluation to determine their path to degree completion.

Practice Experience Requirements

To enable RN-BSN students to meet the program outcomes and goals, and to enhance the education, Chatham University requires students to complete self-directed practice experiences in accordance with three of the RN-BSN courses. The nursing Practice Experience Coordinator is available for guidance and assistance. More information can be found on the RN-BSN Curriculum page.

General Education/Liberal Arts Electives

All students in the RN-BSN Program must complete a minimum total of 120 credit hours in college level courses. If a student has not completed a minimum total of 120 credit hours after factoring in the number of credits being transferred in and the 26 required core RN-BSN credits 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 core RN-BSN credits – or who are interested in business or psychology – might choose to pursue a minor (18 credits) in Business or Psychology through online courses. If a student is interested in pursuing a minor they should communicate this to their Nursing Academic Advisor upon admission in order to fit the needed courses into their schedule.

Community College Partnerships

Plans of study are being created for students in or graduates of associates of science in nursing programs from select local Community Colleges. These plans of study will help students know which courses they can complete at their community college to earn maximum transfer credits to the RN-BSN program. By following the prescribed plan of study students can complete the bachelor of science in nursing program at Chatham University in just one year with qualifying transfer of credit. Speak to your admissions counselor for more information.