Nursing (RN-BSN, Online)

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Nursing (RN-BSN, Online) Overview

Chatham University’s Nursing (RN-BSN, Online) program is delivered fully-online and 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. Chatham is well known for preparing nursing professionals for successful careers, and the interactive nature of the courses will provide you with valuable professional networking opportunities. 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.
Degrees Offered
  • BS
Program School
Credits Required


The number of credits required to complete the RN-BSN program varies based on individual academic history. Please contact Admissions for your credit evaluation.

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.

Expand Your Education

Graduate Certificate

Once your RN-BSN is completed, further your education with the Nurse Educator Certificate. It can be completed in two terms, pending course availability, for a total of 12 credits.

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-BSN Degree: 

Building upon a liberal arts foundation, the Nursing (RN-BSN, Online) program expands the student’s nursing knowledge, skills, and professional role. The program prepares the nursing graduate, based on the AACN (2008) Essentials, to provide holistic, evidence-based nursing care, in health and in illness, with diverse populations in the ever-changing and complex healthcare environment.

  • You may transfer up to 90 credit hours of college level courses into the program. A minimum of 30 credits, including the 26 required core Nursing (RN-BSN, Online) credits, must be completed at Chatham University. Students who have earned a previous bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education and an Associate or Diploma degree from a nursing program, may transfer in 94 credits, pending a transcript review. 
  • The 26 required core Nursing (RN-BSN, Online) credits are offered through online courses and are delivered in an accelerated, seven-week format.
  • Choose to pursue an optional minor (18 credits) in business or psychology.
  • Explore areas related to women’s health, geriatric care, health policy and finance, as well as scholarship for evidence-based practice. In addition, you will be completing course-related activities to fulfill the practice experience requirements.
  • New students are admitted to the program six times per year.
  • Students may choose to take classes as a full-time or part-time student.
  • Chatham’s distinctive Nursing (Online RN-to-BSN) program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Nursing Communication and Quality Improvement

This course will prepare the student for effective communication and collaboration amongst the interprofessional team with the goal of practicing high quality, safe, patient-centered care. Topics of quality improvement and inter-professional communication will be emphasized.

Global Cultural Diversity and Specialty Population Nursing

This course is focused on various cultural and specialty populations. Multiple aspects of culture, vulnerability, and needs of individual populations will be analyzed and discussed. Content includes issues of ethics, social justice, health literacy, and barriers to care.

Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice

This course is designed to enable students to critically review nursing research, choose a relevant clinical issue to examine, explore literature, and utilize nursing research in clinical practice. Ethical principles of nursing research, particularly the protection of human subjects and other ethical accountabilities focusing on research utilization and evidence-based practice, will be explored.

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Applicants must:

  • Complete the online application
  • Submit proof of completion of an RN degree (Associate or Diploma) with a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Submit a copy of a current unencumbered RN license
  • Submit a copy of official transcripts of all completed post-high school education from all schools attended

Admission Materials may be submitted to:

Chatham University
Berry Hall/SCPS Admission
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Fax: 412-365-1609

Additional Information

Articulation Agreements

Chatham University currently holds an articulation agreement with various institutions of higher education. 

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Scholarship Information

A limited number of nursing scholarships may be available. For information about potential scholarships visit our Scholarships & Grants page. A FAFSA form must be completed and on file to be considered for scholarships. To fill out the FAFSA, please visit their website (school code: 003244).

State Restrictions for Online Learning

Chatham University requires state authorization to provide distance education in states other than their own. Please follow the link below to see if Chatham is authorized to deliver instruction in your state. Also, this program may have a required practice experience component. Please check the information in the Practice Experience and Special requirements column to see if the state you plan on completing your practice experience hours is approved or has special restrictions.

State Authorization for Distance Education and Practical Experiences

The Nursing (RN-BSN, Online) program offers students a unique opportunity to enhance their professional knowledge and skills in an online environment, while they continue to work full-time and live their personal lives. Dedicated faculty and staff offer their skills and talents to the students in support of them reaching their educational goals.

—JULIE SLADE, DNP, RN, assistant professor of nursing

Our Faculty

If one word could best sum up Chatham's faculty, it would be engaged. Professors bring experiences to relate the course lessons to real-world situations.

Full Faculty
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Program Director of Nursing, DNP Program Coordinator & Professor of Nursing
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Associate Professor of Nursing, MSN Program Coordinator, IRB Co-Chair
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Assistant Professor of Nursing, RN-BSN Program Coordinator
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Assistant Professor of Nursing, Pathways to Nursing Coordinator
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Assistant Professor of Nursing, Practice Experience Coordinator


The AfterCollege/AACN Scholarships support students who are seeking a baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree in nursing. Eight $2,500 scholarships will be awarded throughout the year. The application deadlines are January 31, April 30, July 31, and October 31. A limited number of other nursing scholarships may be available. A FAFSA form must be completed and on file to be considered for the scholarship. To fill out the FAFSA, please visit their website and use school code: 003244.

School of Health Sciences

The RN-BSN is a program within Chatham’s School of Health Sciences. The School of Health Sciences has developed a strong reputation for its sought-after healthcare professionals. From high first-time licensure rates to advanced clinical aptitude, our graduates enter their careers ready to meet the needs of patients and contribute to improving the quality of care their organizations deliver.

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Butler County Community College (BC3) & Chatham BSN Partnership

Students can save tens of thousands of dollars on a BSN from Chatham University with the BC3+CU program.

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Telehealth Certificate of Completion

Looking to quickly acquire valuable telehealth skills? Chatham now offers an affordable, online Certificate of Completion in Telehealth. The certificate can be completed in just four courses (12 credits). In addition, the credits earned through the certificate can be applied to completion of your full Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics degree.

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Nurse Educator Certificate

Once your RN-BSN is completed, further your education at Chatham with the Nurse Educator Certificate. This a 12-credit certificate can be completed in two terms, and provides the nurse with the basic educational tools necessary to teach nursing and/or nurses in an academic or clinical setting. 

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SARA-Approved Participating Institution

Due to federal regulation, all universities offering distance education programs and practicum experiences in states other than their own must receive authorization or be a SARA-approved institution. Chatham University is a SARA-approved institution.

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In Touch Newsletters

Learn about nursing student and faculty accomplishments, alumni achievements, and various activities that occurred over the last academic year—in Pittsburgh, and all over the country.

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A Well-Rounded Degree

Explore areas related to women’s health, geriatric care, health policy and finance, as well as scholarship for evidence-based practice. In addition, you will be completing course-related activities to fulfill the practice experience requirements.