Nursing at Chatham

Chatham’s online undergraduate and graduate nursing programs prepare nurses to have a strong presence in decisions impacting the future of healthcare. We educate our students to work inside and outside of traditional roles in order to understand and lead change. Our graduates are poised to assume roles in education, leadership, informatics, quality improvement, and health promotion in a variety of healthcare settings.

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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

At 27 credits, Chatham’s online DNP program—designed for professional nurses who hold master’s degrees—is one of the fastest-to-degree programs in the market. Each online course is 15 weeks in length, and only one brief residency is required. The DNP emphasizes innovative, evidence-based practice with ongoing scientific inquiry and the application of credible research findings to promote safe, quality, patient-centered healthcare to a diverse population with complex needs. Graduates are able to skillfully promote and lead organizational change for the benefit of patient and system outcomes. Chatham also offers a BSN-DNP.

Learn About DNP : Checkerboard 1 - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Chatham’s MSN program is delivered fully online with working nurses in mind. The program offers faculty expertise and support in an interactive learning environment that encourages reflection and growth in professional practice. Through exposure to evidence-based practice, interprofessional collaboration, and experiential learning opportunities, students gain essential skill sets to advance in roles in one of our three tracks: nursing leadership, nursing education, or nursing informatics. Chatham also offers a RN-MSN.

Learn About MSN : Checkerboard 2 - Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
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RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

Chatham’s online RN-BSN program is designed to offer working professional nurses skills that can be immediately implemented into practice. Earning your BSN will increase your professional knowledge and nursing skills while adding tremendous flexibility and mobility to your career. The degree and additional knowledge you gain will enhance your leadership and professional skills. The program also provides you with a gateway for furthering your education.

Learn About RN-BSN : Checkerboard 3 - RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)
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Nurse Educator Certificate

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 terms. There is an optional 250-hour experiential practicum course for those students who want to apply their teaching knowledge and skills under the supervision of an educator preceptor for an additional three credits

Explore the Nurse Educator Certificate : Checkerboard 4 - Nurse Educator Certificate
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Accelerated Programs

Chatham also offers an RN-MSN Educator Track for nurses who want to expand their opportunities to educate the nursing workforce in the clinical or academic setting, and a BSN to DNP Executive Track designed for nurses holding a BSN who want to fast-track their career and lead clinical change at the executive level.

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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.

Nursing at Chatham

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Residency and Poster Session

During the two-day DNP residency, candidates present posters outlining what their evidence-based projects will be, and enjoy meeting their cohort and professors in person.