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Nursing (MSN) Overview
Fall and spring starts are available.
The curriculum consists of 15-week MSN and specialty track courses to prepare nurses for a variety of advanced practice roles.
Cost consists of program tuition (cost per credit times number of credits) as well as any applicable University and degree-specific fees.
The RN-BSN, MSN, and DNP programs at Chatham University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Explore the MSN Degree:
The Chatham University MSN program is delivered as an online program. The program builds on the Bachelor of Science in Nursing foundation by preparing nurses to advance their careers as nurse educators, leaders, or informatics specialist in a variety of settings. A total of 120 practice experience hours will be obtained. Practice experiences are completed at approved practice experience sites with the guidance of an approved preceptor.
- Complete free online application
- 3.0 undergraduate grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
- Official academic transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended verifying completion of BSN degree
- Copy of your current résumé
- Copy of current valid RN license
- Admissions Essay: Describe the evolving role of the MSN prepared nurse in the practice setting.
State Restrictions for Online Learning
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 has 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.
Admissions Materials may be submitted to:
Berry Hall/SCPS Admission
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
NUR640: Leadership for Change
This course focuses on the needs of healthcare leaders to take healthcare delivery into the future through creative, innovative design initiatives focusing on a consumer-driven healthcare delivery system. Content includes: variables impacting healthcare delivery systems, reimbursement and funding for design change, managing competition, and managing human and financial resources.
NUR641: Promoting Healthier Lifestyles in the Community Using Innovative Technology
This course is designed to assist health professionals in understanding the impact technology has on patients/consumers living within the community. Students will be encouraged to think creatively to understand how technology can further extend healthcare services within the surrounding community through Internet and web-based platforms.
NURS652: Teaching Strategies and Information Technology for the Nurse Educator
This course focuses on strategies to develop knowledge and skill sets in pedagogy; teaching-learning theories; testing and measurement; and various educational technologies. An in-depth introduction to information technology that supports practice and improves patient care and outcomes is explored.
Today’s ever changing health care environment has created a need for nurses to be leaders in evidence based practice. Chatham’s MSN programs prepare graduates to improve health outcomes by using advanced leadership, education, and informatics skills.
- Emily Hopkins, PhD, MSN, FNP, Associate Professor, MSN Program Coordinator, IRB Co-Chair
Faculty members are accomplished teachers, scholars, practitioners, and active leaders in the field.
A cohort of full-time and part-time students for each track is admitted on a rolling basis. Full-time students are able to complete the degree in four sequential terms; part-time students in six terms.
The AfterCollege/AACN Scholarships support students who are seeking a baccalaureate, master's 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. To fill out the FAFSA, please visit their website and use the Chatham school code (003244).View Funding Opportunities : Checkerboard 2 - Funding Opportunities
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 3 - Nurse Educator Certificate
RN-to-MSN Educator Track
The RN-to-MSN Educator Track allows the student to complete two graduate degrees in 47 credits. The BSN component prepares the registered nurse to improve leadership and management skills in the role of the clinical nurse. The MSN educator track provides the student with the graduate level knowledge and skills to become leaders and educators to nurses and other healthcare professionals as well as patients in clinical, academic, medical device sales, pharmaceutical sales, continuing education, and healthcare insurance settings. A minimum of 120 practice experience hours will be accrued.Learn About RN-to-MSN : Checkerboard 4 - RN-to-MSN Educator Track
Graduates of Chatham’s MSN program have held positions in nursing education, practice, leadership, and quality assurance at organizations including The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, West Penn Allegheny Health System, Gateway Health Plan, Carlow University, and Vitas Healthcare.
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.SARA-Approved Institutions : Checkerboard 6 - SARA-Approved Participating Institution
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.Read the Newsletter : Checkerboard 7 - In Touch Newsletters
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.Explore the Telehealth Certificate : Checkerboard 8 - Telehealth Certificate of Completion
Alumna Profile: Traci Karan, MSN ’21
“Chatham supports its students in every way possible,” Karan continues. “I feel very encouraged, and I don’t feel like if I have a question that I can’t ask it. I know the professors are very prompt in getting information to you when you need it. It’s been a great career booster for me. It’ll make me more marketable.”
3 Questions with Chatham Eastside
Just blocks from East Liberty’s thriving tech and business hub, Bakery Square—home to Google Pittsburgh, UPMC, and bountiful restaurants and retail—Chatham Eastside is a dream location for the young, urban professional. Eastside has been renovated to the level of LEED-Silver, and it sits at the intersection of some of east Pittsburgh’s most beloved neighborhoods, parks, and living options.