What Will I Learn?
Chamberlain’s BSN program curriculum is designed to advance students’ ability to retain and apply essential knowledge. The focus is on conceptual learning, giving students the skills to translate theory into practice. Apply the lessons from your coursework to real-world scenarios in our nursing skills labs before entering the clinical setting.
BSN Degree Program Curriculum FAQs
All students begin their hands-on learning in high technology SIMCARE CENTER™ located on each campus. Once fundamental skills have been mastered and validated, students begin on-site, direct patient-care learning opportunities, or “clinicals”.
Generally, clinicals last for the duration of the clinical course. Clinical shifts average six to eight hours, one to two days per week. Most clinicals are scheduled during the week. However, second shift and weekends may be possible. The BSN nursing program has a total of 10 clinical courses.
Chamberlain College of Nursing BSN students may have opportunities to experience practice settings that include large and small hospitals, long-term care facilities, community and public-health agencies, faith-based service organizations, independent practices, ambulatory care centers, public health agencies, military services (Army, Navy, and Air Force), Veteran’s Administration Medical Centers, schools, home health environments… anywhere healthcare is delivered. Students also may participate in service-based learning in other countries via the Global Health Education Program.*
*The Global Health Education Program is subject to availability based on campus location
Chamberlain College of Nursing recognizes that nursing is an intellectually, mentally, and physically demanding profession. Students seeking admission should be aware that all graduates are expected to assimilate basic competencies and abilities throughout their education with or without reasonable accommodation.
Chamberlain BSN students or applicants with a LPN or LVN license have the opportunity to earn the 3-year BSN degree with up to 9 proficiency credits for qualifying students who pass skills validation tests and proficiency exams.
To be eligible to apply, students must be admitted to the BSN program and hold an unrestricted, active or in-active license, as a practical/vocational nurse from the US or a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the National Council of the State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) with no active discipline or restrictions on the license.
The BSN degree program consists of a minimum of 122 credit hours: 56 credit hours in general education and 66 credit hours in nursing.
For students attending a California campus, the BSN degree program consists of 126 credit hours, with 56 credit hours in general education and 70 credit hours in nursing.
- Fundamentals – Patient Care
- Maternal-Child Nursing
- Pediatric Nursing
- Mental-Health Nursing
- Adult Health I
- Adult Health II
- Community Health Nursing
BSN Curriculum Plan (PDF) – for California Students
What are the admission requirements?
Nursing Requirements - Admission Criteria
New students are enrolled three times per year. Nursing school requirements for admission include:
Phase 1: Academic Eligibility
- Proof of graduation with a minimum CGPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale from a Chamberlain recognized High School or an institution accredited by either a regional accrediting agency or an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA) or GED® test score of 551 if taken between 2002-2013 or a minimum score of 600 if taken in 2014 or after. AND
- A minimum custom score of 73 on the HESI Admission Assessment (A2) test. The custom score is calculated by using a subset of all seven exam scores.
Determining Academic Eligibility is the role of the Chamberlain Admission Committee. Applicants who fall below the nursing requirements for admission may still be successful in our nursing program. It is the responsibility of the admission committee to select candidates for academic eligibility and document rationale.
Phase 2: Clinical Clearance
- Completion of the drug screen or background and fingerprint checks within 120 days of the semester start date
Look at nursing school requirements before planning to transfer, students must follow the admission guidelines and procedures. Request more information.
Request a credit evaluation prior to your first semester and provide an official transcript.
Review Full Requirements
Take a look at the full Transfer Student Guide or call 877.751.5783 to make sure your courses pass requirements.
Our admission representatives are available to answer your questions about admission requirements and walk you through the application process. Call 877.751.578 to speak to a representative.
Tuition & Expenses
What types of financial assistance are available?
Chamberlain nursing BSN programs are approved for federal financial aid. More than 90% of Chamberlain students receive some form of financial aid. View tuition and expense information for the BSN Program.
Financial aid is available in the form of federal and private loans, scholarships, grants and work-study to those who qualify. Your admissions representative will work with you to build a schedule that will work with your life and finances, whether that is one class or three. Check out the Net Price Calculator for an estimate of federal and institutional aid.
Average student tuition is less than $51K* for the BSN program.
*Average tuition based on 49 transfer or proficiency credits, 122 credit hour curriculum, $699/credit hour tuition rate. and average institutional aid granted. Books and fees not included. Does not apply to the Sacramento California Campus.
Scholarships and Grant Opportunities
There are a wide range of scholarships and grants available to Chamberlain BSN degree students. View all grant and scholarship opportunities. Check out some scholarship and grant opportunities BSN students may be eligible to apply for:
BSN Degree Locations
The 3-Year BSN Nursing program is available at 23 locations across the country
Already have a bachelor’s degree?
Your BSN is closer than you think
Thinking of switching to a more meaningful career where you can serve others, or just looking for a fresh start in a fast-growing field? Whatever goal drives you; Chamberlain is here to help you achieve it as quickly as possible.
Put your future on the fast track
Chamberlain makes it simple to follow your passion and pursue a nursing degree. With a bachelor’s degree in another field, you may be able to transfer qualifying credits and earn your BSN even faster than the typical 3 years of year-round study.
Here’s how Chamberlain helps you get started:
- Tailored academic advising that leverages your past education toward a future nursing career
- 6-series “University Seminar” to help you seamlessly transition back to education
- Engaged, experienced nurse educators who know how to make your nursing career a success
- SIMCARE CENTER™ labs at all campuses to help you master new skills
- Access to leading healthcare facilities where you can gain real-world clinical experience
Your second chance to follow your passion
This is your opportunity to provide quality care during a time when it’s never been so important. If you’re ready to Step Forward and answer your call to serve others, we’re here to help you every step of the way
Call an admission representative at 877.751.5783 or request information to learn more.
A New Way to Earn Your BSN
Earn your BSN degree in as little as 3 years with our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree Online Option
Chamberlain’s BSN Online Option is a new hybrid model that combines our high-quality curriculum adapted for online delivery with hands-on skills mastery and clinical rotations at Advocate Aurora Health in Wisconsin.
*The BSN Online Option is currently available to AL, HI, IL, IA, MN, NM, OK, SD, WI and WV residents only.
A community of support and personalized attention
We want you to achieve academic success, while also maintaining a sense of well-being while earning your BSN degree. That’s why we strive to provide students with the same extraordinary care and support nurses provide to patients.
Center for Academic Success
In the Center for Academic Success (CAS), you will receive additional academic support from Master’s-prepared nurses and peer tutors. Take advantage of a wide range of services, including workshops related to coursework, study strategy resources, group and one-on-one tutoring, test remediation and NCLEX-RN® preparation.
Nursing Skills Labs & SIMCARE CENTER™
Many Chamberlain BSN students point to their time in the SIMCARE CENTER as the first time they felt like a “real nurse.” In the lab, students are challenged to react in real-time to patient scenarios, including childbirth, seizures and cardiac arrest, empowering them to take the lead in the care of their patient.
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