Chamberlain (any info)

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    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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    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.
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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!
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.


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