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Nursing, RN to BSN

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
The Nursing programme offered by the Chatham University 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.
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The Nursing programme offered by the Chatham University 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.

The RN-BSN program is taught in an accelerated asynchronous online distance learning format. To successfully complete the RN-BSN program, students are required to complete a minimum total of 120 credit hours in college level courses through transfer credits, completion of the 26 core RN-BSN credits, and other courses as needed. Students must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA or better to be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

Chatham University accepts a up to 90 transfer credits of college level courses in the RN-BSN program, meaning that many 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 up to 94 credits into the program. Students who have already earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education and an Associate or Diploma degree from a nursing program may complete the RN-BSN at Chatham University by completing only the 26 required core RN-BSN credits. All requests for transfer credit must be made prior to enrollment. All newly admitted students will receive an official transfer evaluation to determine their path to degree completion.

Careers and Future Development

Once you earn your degree, you will have opportunities for career placement at facilities like UPMC Shadyside Hospital, a Magnet® recognized facility. You can also advance your career potential with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Chatham University.


The RN-BSN programme at Chatham University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • National : Undergraduate admissions at Chatham University has a rolling deadline, we will accept your application to study with us at any time of the year
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Nursing Resources
  • Health Policy and Finance
  • Women's Health Nursing
  • Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice
  • Clinical Prevention, Population and Environmental Health
  • Global Cultural Diversity and Specialty Population Nursing
  • Geriatric Nursing
  • Nursing Communication and Quality Improvement

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • The Chatham University online or paper application
  • The supplemental UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing application
  • An essay explaining what becoming a nurse means to you
  • At least two (2) letters of recommendation
  • High School transcripts showing graduation date and 2 years of science with related lab coursework
  • Post-secondary Education: all transcripts must be submitted
  • Completion of the following high school courses with a “C” or higher
  • 4 years of English2 years of Science  with a related Laboratory2 years of Mathematics 3 years of Social Studies
    • Recommended: Anatomy and Physiology
    • High school GPA of 3.0 or greater

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39902 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    39902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39902 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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