Nursing (RN-BSN for UPMC Nurses)
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Nursing (RN-BSN for UPMC Nurses) Overview
UPMC nurses can now earn their RN-BSN online from Chatham University tuition-free. This partnership between UPMC and Chatham aligns Chatham’s tuition costs with UPMC annual tuition advancement, which means you can earn a BSN degree from a leader in online nursing education for over 20 years at no cost to you (some restrictions apply). More details and specifics on this educational benefit to UPMC nurse employees are outlined below.
Why Earn A BSN?
Lots of reasons! Earning a BSN can dramatically increase your earning potential: BSN-prepared nurses earn on average $600K more over the lifetime of their career. It will also help you advance up UPMC’s My Nursing Career Ladder, expanding your opportunities. And finally, when you earn your BSN from Chatham, you’ll obtain nursing skills that you can put immediately into practice, improving patient care.
The program offers flexible fall and spring start dates with a convenient part-time track structured to help students succeed by balancing both work and school. All students in the program are strongly encouraged to pursue a part-time track (6 to 9 credits per semester). If a student wishes to enroll in more than 9 credits per semester, a course plan must be approved by an academic advisor. The UPMC partnership will cover the costs for up to 11 credits per semester and for as long as it takes to complete the program. If a student enrolls in more than 11 credits per semester, the student will be billed directly for the additional credits at the per-credit rate in place at that time. Students are required to complete tuition advancement paperwork with UPMC each semester. Please check with the Office of Human Resource at UPMC for the required paperwork and specific deadlines.
Understand Your Path
The RN-BSN requires 120 college credits, and the number of credits and courses you must take will vary based on if you have a nursing diploma, an associate degree, some college credits, or a bachelor’s degree. Whatever your educational background, we are here to help you understand how long the program may take and what courses you will need based on your previous education and transfer credits. Click the button below to learn more and see example program paths.
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Explore the Courses
Our curriculum includes 7.5-week, asynchronous courses that expand your awareness as well as your skillsets, including Global, Cultural and Diverse Populations; Nursing Leadership and Professional Identity Development; and Contemporary Issues in Nursing.
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Get the Help You Need
As a UPMC nurse applying to Chatham's RN-BSN program, you'll have access to robust support from our admissions team every step of the way and, once enrolled, you will have access to an academic advisor to guide you through the program. Plus, our partnership with UPMC means we will handle all billing directly with UPMC, too. Click below to view admission details, next steps, and to apply.
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Experience Supportive Faculty
Students benefit from supportive and Pittsburgh-based faculty that guide them every step of the way. While courses are 100% online, you’re welcomed to come to Chatham’s historic Shadyside Campus for all of the onsite support and student-based services we offer.
Join Our Alumni Network
Chatham has been teaching nursing online for over 25 years while also teaching general education courses to UPMC Schools of Nursing students. When you graduate with your RN-BSN degree, you will join a strong and distinguished alumni community that is not only advancing their careers but furthering the field of nursing. Plus, many alumni enjoy their Chatham education so much that they go on to earn their MSN or DNP (with an alumni discount) from Chatham too.