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 bachelor's degree program has a total of 10 clinical courses.
Chamberlain College of Nursing 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.
Students seeking admission and currently enrolled students should be aware that all students must meet technical standards with or without reasonable accommodations in addition to meeting academic standards. Students will be required to maintain satisfactory demonstration of both academic and technical standards for progression through the program. A candidate for Chamberlain's prelicensure or postgraduate nursing degree program must have abilities and skills in five areas: Acquiring Information, Developing Communication; Use and Interpretation of Data; Integration of Knowledge to Establish Clinical Judgment (Intellectual and Motor); and Developing Appropriate Professional Approaches (Behavior and Character).
Chamberlain 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?
Tuition & Expenses
What types of financial assistance are available?
Chamberlain nursing 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 students. View all grant and scholarship opportunities. Check out some grant opportunities BSN students may be eligible to apply for:
BSN Degree Locations
The 3-Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is available at 22 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 degree in nursing. 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.