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 EducationThe 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.

RN-BSN Program Structure (120 Credits)

The RN-BSN program is taught in an accelerated online distance learning format. Courses are taught completely online in an asynchronous format and run in 7-week sessions rather than full semesters. To successfully complete the RN-BSN program, students are required to complete a minimum total of 120 credit hours in college level courses. Students must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA 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 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 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.

Practice Experience Requirements

To enable RN-BSN students to meet the program outcomes and goals, Chatham University requires students to complete a self-directed practice experience placement process with the guidance of the nursing Practice Experience Coordinator. Detailed steps in this process can be found here: RN-BSN Practice Experiences.

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 credits offered in the core curriculum – or who are interested in business or psychology – might choose to pursue a minor (18 credits) in Business or Psychology through online courses. Requirements can be found on the RN-BSN Curriculum page. Learn more »

Earn your RN-BSN through Chatham University at Butler County Community College

Graduates of Butler County Community College's associates of science in nursing program can complete the bachelor of science in nursing program at Chatham University in just one year with qualifying transfer of credit. Learn more »