Chamberlain (any info)

  1. 0 I've posted a thread on chamberlain before, but got no response. Im thinking about their online ADN program (or the BSN depending on how many of my classes transfer) and was just wondering if anyone could give me some inside info on the school especially if youre a current student.
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    From 'Michigan'; 26 Years Old; Joined Oct '09; Posts: 542; Likes: 135.

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  4. Visit  foreverLaur profile page
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    Go elsewhere. I've not met a single student who liked the school and one of their online programs (different campus) recently lost accreditation.

    A lot of the students have to drive 1-2 hours away for some clinicals because Chamberlain can't get a lot of clinical sites in Columbus. They are very disorganized and they tuition is SOOOOO HIGH!!!

    Go to OSU, Otterbein, Mt Carmel, Capital, Columbus State, etc. Avoid Chamberlain.

    My best friend goes to Chamberlain (ADN) and she wishes she would have waited the extra 6 months to start at Columbus State. The tuition is 7.5 times higher, the education is not nearly as good, and the clinicals aren't nearly as good or local.

    I applied once and then decided not to pursue it. Then I got desperate (6 months later) and decided to reopen my application. Despite them still having my application materials on file (including my proof of paying the app fee and my transcripts) they required me to repay the app fee and send in all my transcripts again. I decided then that they were just money hungry and weren't there for the students and I, once again, decided against it.
  5. Visit  WannaBeRN86 profile page
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    Run like the wind in the opposite direction of Chamberlain. I am a current student and would not recommend it to my worst enemy. If you want to do most of your clinicals in nursing homes, then you would like this place. People have had to drive to Toledo from Columbus for ob/gyn clinical experience. Extremely unorganized and expensive. You do not learn anything except how to answer NCLEX questions. Go to Columbus State or somewhere else.
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    LOL...Okay well maybe I should steer clear of Chamberlain. I was kind of weary of the cost anyway, hopefully I get accepted at atleast one of the other schools I applied to, if not I'll try again next year. Thanks for the info on the school!
  7. Visit  Carrie_MTC profile page
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    I talked to one girl who was a couple weeks from graduating from Chamberlain and she told me she didn't have any clinical experience in the hospital. I kind of think that's a necessary experience before you graduate, especially if you are paying that much money. If you are looking for a school in columbus I would go with Columbus State.
  8. Visit  tainted1972 profile page
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    I am a nursing student about to graduate from another school, Chamberlain has messed up clinicals for alot of schools because they make mistakes. Some sites will not allow students at all because of med errors made by Chamberlain students. Chamberlain is overrated really
  9. Visit  odinhoub2422 profile page
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    I currently go to Chamberlain RN to BSN and I love it. The teachers are great and you can finish in three semesters.
  10. Visit  marie7548 profile page
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    I recently graduated from the Chamberlain RN to BSN program. The instructors were great, no clinicals were needed. It took me 18 months to finish part time.
  11. Visit  SMILINGATU profile page
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    Quote from WannaBeRN86
    Run like the wind in the opposite direction of Chamberlain. I am a current student and would not recommend it to my worst enemy. If you want to do most of your clinicals in nursing homes, then you would like this place. People have had to drive to Toledo from Columbus for ob/gyn clinical experience. Extremely unorganized and expensive. You do not learn anything except how to answer NCLEX questions. Go to Columbus State or somewhere else.

    I am a current BSN student at Chamberlain. The only quarter I did a clinical at a nursing home was for the first clinical class; Fundamentals. The rest of my clinicals have been at local hospitals. I do know that some students have had to drive to Toledo for ob/gyn clinicals. While I agree that is a pain I realize it has to do with the fact that Chamberlain is new and Columbus has several pre-existing, long standing nursing schools that we are competing with for clinical spots.

    It has not been my experience that all I am learning is how to answer NCLEX questions. Chamberlain is a good school. It is not perfect, but I bet you students at Capital, OSU, and CSCC all have complaints about their programs. The reality is you can get a good education at Chamberlain if you make the effort. I think the same is true about any nursing school. If all you are trying to do is pass exams then you can approach the information that way. If you want to understand the information and gain the skills to become a good nurse all you have to do is put forth the effort. Chamberlain is a good school. It isn't OSU or Duke or Johns Hopkins. It is a new school that is establishing itself in the community. I have learned a lot in the classroom and at the clinical sites. I am happy that I chose Chamberlain rather than spend 2 or 3 years on a waiting list.

    I would check it out for yourself rather than rely on the opinions of someone who isn't a student or two people who are current students but have opposite opinions. I would meet with the Dean if I were you; she is very smart and her experience is really impressive. I would also ask if you can meet with some students. Ask to meet with students in Assessment, Med-Surg, Ob, Critical Care. This will allow you to meet students at various stages in their academic experience. I bet you could sit in on a class too. Good Luck!
    Last edit by dianah on Feb 25, '10 : Reason: Removed name, as posting names is Terms of Service violation
  12. Visit  foreverLaur profile page
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    Also some students are now having to do the OB/GYN clinical in southern Ohio. The ones at Riverside are getting a great experience while the one stuck in southern Ohio have yet to see anything relevant and they started in January (my roommate got stuck with that one). Seems like your clinical experience at Chamberlain may be purely luck of the draw. Not a risk I'd be willing to take... especially when they charge you WAY more than the other options.
  13. Visit  SMILINGATU profile page
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    Foreverlaura,

    Hmm it sounds like your roommate may be in the ADN program. I only know a handful of students in that program. Actually the ones I know love it; they are ahead of your roommate timewise. They will be graduating in June. I know more students in the BSN program; some are ahead of me and some are behind me. We all have had pretty good clinical experiences. Some people complain about a clinical instructor or a nurse on the floor they are assigned but I think that is pretty typical. I was on the same floor as CSCC students and they complained about stuff too.

    Actually I think Chamberlain is very proactive in response to students. I know there was a professor who many people complained about and she was replaced the next quarter. The school offers workshops and other opportunities to work on skills. Last Saturday they had a free workshop from 8:30 to 4:00 with 3 professors teaching about assessment techniques, they even bought pizza for everyone.

    Are you a student at Chamberlain? Or is everything you have posted based on your roommate's experience? I only ask because I think it is unfair to people who are interested in the program to hear secondhand information that is so negative. If your roomamte feels so strongly about Chamberlain why isn't she posting???? It really is a good program. I imagine very few people are 100% happy with their program. Chamberlain is a great option for a lot of people. I agree it is expensive but I think it is worth it not to wait 2, 3, 4 years on a waiting list to only get an ADN. I plan on going onto graduate school and the timeline for CSCC is too long. The rest of the schools like Capital and Otterbein all are longer programs and cost as much. I am not sure about MCCN. OSU is a 4 year program and very competitive. Hondros isn't accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE and that is a chance I would never take. All the local hospital websites say they won't hire you unless your degree is from a school accredited by one of the above mentioned bodies.

    It sounds like Chamberlain isn't an option for you. But I think it is a good option for alot of people.
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    Quote from SMILINGATU
    Foreverlaura,

    Hmm it sounds like your roommate may be in the ADN program. I only know a handful of students in that program. Actually the ones I know love it; they are ahead of your roommate timewise. They will be graduating in June. I know more students in the BSN program; some are ahead of me and some are behind me. We all have had pretty good clinical experiences. Some people complain about a clinical instructor or a nurse on the floor they are assigned but I think that is pretty typical. I was on the same floor as CSCC students and they complained about stuff too.

    Actually I think Chamberlain is very proactive in response to students. I know there was a professor who many people complained about and she was replaced the next quarter. The school offers workshops and other opportunities to work on skills. Last Saturday they had a free workshop from 8:30 to 4:00 with 3 professors teaching about assessment techniques, they even bought pizza for everyone.

    Are you a student at Chamberlain? Or is everything you have posted based on your roommate's experience? I only ask because I think it is unfair to people who are interested in the program to hear secondhand information that is so negative. If your roomamte feels so strongly about Chamberlain why isn't she posting???? It really is a good program. I imagine very few people are 100% happy with their program. Chamberlain is a great option for a lot of people. I agree it is expensive but I think it is worth it not to wait 2, 3, 4 years on a waiting list to only get an ADN. I plan on going onto graduate school and the timeline for CSCC is too long. The rest of the schools like Capital and Otterbein all are longer programs and cost as much. I am not sure about MCCN. OSU is a 4 year program and very competitive. Hondros isn't accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE and that is a chance I would never take. All the local hospital websites say they won't hire you unless your degree is from a school accredited by one of the above mentioned bodies.

    It sounds like Chamberlain isn't an option for you. But I think it is a good option for alot of people.
    Yes, she is in the ADN program and also graduating in June. All she's talked about for 2 months straight is getting to move back home to Minnesota for the summer!

    I attempted to go to Chamberlain multiple times but the process was so difficult I eventually gave up. They lost my transcripts and I had to pay to resend. The person reviewing them got fired or quit and my application was lost so I had to reapply, resend transcripts, and resend the fee. I then ended up having to move back home for family reasons and when I came back, it had been 6 months and I had to reapply again, resend transcripts, and repay the application fee even though they still had my application on file. It cost me over $200 when it was all said and done just to apply and that seems utterly ridiculous to me. If applying is that hard, I certainly didn't want to see what the nursing program was like. I had high expectations for a school so expensive and they certainly were not met. I also can't seem to justify spending that much money for a 6 semester ADN program when CSCC doesn't have a wait list (apply on January for August start or July for March start) and is the same length and costs drastically less with better clinical sites. Perhaps others can justify it.

    I also personally have a bachelor's degree and like the flexibility of CSCC's online program.
  15. Visit  SMILINGATU profile page
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    It sounds like you had a really bad experience applying to Chamberlain. I am sorry to hear that and sorry you had to experience that. I would be annoyed to had I gone through that much trouble trying to apply. Luckily my application process went really well. Rachel was my admission's counselor and she was awesome. She personally called me to congratulate me on being accepted! She is a real sweetheart.

    I am amazed to hear CSCC doesn't have a waiting list. I have two friends trying to apply, they both finished pre-reqs over a year ago and one has been on the waiting list since June of 2008 and the other longer. Can you tell me what program specifically doesn't have a waiting list or who to call so I can tell them? Does this program require you to have a bachelors degree? Is it an online only program? I know some hospitals won't hire if you do a strictly online program. If you don't mind I would love the details so I can share them with my friends. They will be very excited. Both are at the ends of their ropes.

    So are you in nursing school now? If so where did you end up?

    Thanks!


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