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
BSN Program Admission Requirements
How do I get started?
New students can enroll at Chamberlain three times per year, with no prerequisite courses required for admission.
For your nursing application, you should have:
- Proof of high school graduation, with a 2.75 GPA or above; or a GED® test score of 551 if taken between 2002-2013, or a minimum score of 600 if taken in 2014 or after
- A minimum score of 73 on the HESI Admission Assessment (A2) Exam
You’ll also be required to complete a drug screen or background and fingerprint checks within 120 days of your start date to gain clinical clearance.
You’re more than just an application or a test score. If you fall below our academic eligibility requirements, our admissions committee will still consider whether you can be successful in our BSN program.
Ready to get started? Learn more today!
Transfer Nursing Program
Your BSN degree is closer than you think
Whether you have a bachelor’s degree in another field, or have just taken a few classes at the college level, you may be able to earn your BSN degree even faster as a transfer student than the typical three years of year-round study.
Bachelor’s Degree in Another Field
Thinking of switching to a more meaningful career where you can serve others, or a fresh start in a fresh-growing field? Chamberlain is here to help you achieve it as quickly as possible - request more information to learn more. You’ll have access to:
- Tailored academic advising that leverages your past education for your future nursing career
- A six-session “university seminar” that will help you transition seamlessly back to your education
We welcome transfer students, and encourage you to plan ahead. Here’s how to get started:
- Review the full BSN nursing transfer credit requirements.
- Contact admissions to have your credit evaluation started - this will give you a full picture of what credits will transfer.
Tuition & Expenses
What types of financial assistance are available?
BSN Nursing Program Locations
Earn Your BSN degree at one of 23 locations across the United States
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.
Earn a BSN degree from a proudly accredited institution.
Chamberlain has university accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and baccalaureate degree program in nursing accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).† Chamberlain continuously earns new approvals from respected agencies across the nation.