Nursing (RN-MSN)

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Nursing (RN-MSN) Overview

The RN to MSN Integrated Degree Educator Track allows the student to complete two graduate degrees in 44 credits. The BSN component prepares the registered nurse to improve person-centered care and leadership skills in the role of the generalist nurse. The MSN educator track provides the student with the graduate level knowledge and skills to become leaders and educators to nurses, nursing students, and other healthcare professionals as well as patients in clinical, academic, medical device sales, pharmaceutical sales, continuing education, and healthcare insurance settings. A total of 500 practice experience hours will be completed.

Degrees Offered
  • RN-BSN
  • RN-MSN
Program School
Application Deadline


We evaluate applications on a rolling basis. Fall starts are available.

Credits Required

44 or more

A total of 500 experiential practice hours are acquired throughout the RN-MSN Educator track.

Cost Per Credit


Cost consists of program tuition (cost per credit times number of credits) as well as any applicable University and degree-specific fees.

National Recognition


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.

Explore the RN to MSN Degree:

By combining both degrees, nurses can earn their BSN and MSN at a lower cost and in less time. Instead of 59 credits required if taking the programs separately, nurses can complete both degrees with 44 credits by substituting BSN courses with MSN courses that meet the BSN program outcomes. A total of 500 practice experience hours will be obtained. Practice experiences are completed at approved practice experience sites. 

  1. Complete the free online application available at
  2. Submit a copy of official transcripts of all completed post-high school education from all schools attended. Note a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
  3. Submit proof of completion of an RN degree.
  4. Submit a copy of a current unencumbered RN license in your state.
  5. Submit a current resume/curriculum vitae.
  6. Mail or email, in Word document formatting, an admission essay addressing the following prompt to
    • Describe the evolving role of the MSN prepared nurse in the practice setting.

Admissions Materials may be submitted to:
Chatham University
Berry Hall/SCPS Admission
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
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International Applicants

International Applicants must submit additional documentation to the Office of Admissions. A list of these documents can be found on the International Admission web page.

NUR415: Contemporary Issues in Nursing  

This course will explore and analyze contemporary issues nurses experience in healthcare. Ethical, bioethical, and social issues will be highlighted. Students will develop skills related to self-care and resilience.

NUR410: Global, Cultural, and Diverse Populations

This course will explore the student’s understanding and role as a nurse leader in a global society while reflecting on personal and professional values and implicit biases. Ethical, equitable, person-centered, compassionate, and empathetic care opportunities will be examined.

NUR503: Informatics Foundation and Health Care Technology

This course focuses on technology and informatics in healthcare delivery. Students will evaluate current and emerging technologies used for data driven decision-making to support quality healthcare outcomes. Key to this foundational knowledge will be skills developed to effectively communicate, coordinate, and analyze change resulting from the utilization of technology.

NUR506: Communication and Collaboration for Leadership

This course will assist nurses to develop, analyze and apply skills in collaboration and communication, including the Interprofessional Education Collaborative's core competencies, effective communication strategies based on complexity and transformational leadership theory, skills of presentation and publication to improve patient care and advance nursing practice.

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National nursing organizations, such as the National League of Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, have stated that nurses planning a career in education should enroll in programs that provide discipline-specific pedagogy. Here at Chatham, we're excited to offer more options for those interested in nursing education.

—DIANE HUNKER, Ph.D., MBA, RN, nursing programs director and associate professor

Our Faculty

Faculty members are accomplished teachers, scholars, practitioners, and active leaders in the field.

Full Faculty
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Program Director of Nursing, DNP Program Coordinator & Professor of Nursing
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Assistant Program Director/Associate Professor of Nursing
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Associate Professor of Nursing, MSN Program Coordinator, IRB Chair
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Associate Professor of Nursing, RN-BSN Program and Pathways to Nursing (PTN) Coordinator
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Funding Opportunities

The AfterCollege/AACN Scholarships support students who are seeking a baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree in nursing. Eight $2,500 scholarships are awarded throughout the year. A limited number of nursing scholarships may be available. A FAFSA form must be completed and on file to be considered for the scholarship (school code: 003244).

View Funding Opportunities : Checkerboard 1 - Funding Opportunities
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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 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 three credits.

Explore the Nurse Educator Certificate : Checkerboard 2 - Nurse Educator Certificate

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