Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Small class sizes, individualized instruction & faculty who care

Program Overview

Chamberlain College of Nursing's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program is an entry-level program that enables you to earn your BSN degree in as few as three years of year-round study instead of the typical four years with summers off, allowing students to enter the workforce sooner than their peers at traditional four-year institutions. 

The CCNE-accredited* BSN degree program is available at 22 locations across the country, each featuring high-tech nursing labs and experienced faculty.

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Classes Start January 6

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Admissions representatives can answer your questions, tell you more about financial aid and scholarships, and discuss with you how this option might fit into your life.

What Will I Learn?

Chamberlain’s BSN 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.   

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Small Class Sizes

Undergraduate pre-licensure students experience Individualized instruction and diversified clinical learning opportunities.

individualized instruction
Experiential Learning

Students build their clinical competencies with experiential learning, including labs, Chamberlain SIMCARE CENTER™ and clinicals.

diverse clinical learning
Diverse Clinical Learning

Gain clinical experience at hospitals, independent practices, ambulatory care centers, VA medical centers and more.

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Entry-Level Program

Combined curriculum, so you can take nursing-specific courses as early as the end of your first year of classes.

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Examples of Clinical Nursing Courses

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 Columbus or Cleveland campus students enrolled prior to May 2016 and students attending a North Carolina campus, the BSN degree program consists of 129 credit hours, with 60 credit hours in general education and 69 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 Ohio Students Enrolled Prior to May 2016 and North Carolina Students
BSN Curriculum Plan (PDF) – for California Students


How do I get in?

Admission Requirements

New students are enrolled three times per year.

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. Applicants who have attended other colleges and have a CGPA of 2.75 or higher (must include at least 24 credit hours, excluding developmental courses) may also be considered by the Admission Committee.
  • A minimum custom score of 73 on the A2 Admission Assessment test. The custom score is calculated by using a subset of all seven exam scores.

Phase 2: Clinical Clearance

  • Completion of the drug screen or background and fingerprint checks within 120 days of the semester start date

Transfer Students

Plan Ahead

Look at 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.

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Tuition & Expenses

What types of financial assistance are available?

Financial Aid Options

Chamberlain admissions representatives will help you identify all your financing options, as well as help you apply for and obtain financial assistance. 

In 2016-2017, more than 90% of Chamberlain students received some form of financial aid. Financial aid is available in the form of federal and private loans, scholarships, grants and work-study to those who qualify.

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Our admissions representatives can help you find out what financial options are available to you.

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BSN Degree Program Costs

Chamberlain provides you with individualized support throughout your educational journey beginning with the admissions process. Check out the Net Price Calculator for an estimate of federal and institutional aid.

View tuition and expenses information for the BSN degree program.

BSN Degree Locations

The 3-Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is available at 22 locations across the country

Dedicated Support

Life at Chamberlain

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.

Chamberlain BSN students

Nursing Skills Labs & SIMCARE CENTER™

Many Chamberlain 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.


Accreditation, State Authorizations & Approvals

Chamberlain University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing program, master's degree in nursing program, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Chamberlain University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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