Chamberlain College of Nursing- How is the marketability of a degree from here?

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    Hi I am a high school student applying for a nursing college. My biggest concern is the marketability of a degree from Chamberlain College of Nursing, mentioned above. It is a for-profit school. How will employers view a graduate from this school? It is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Any help is appreciated, especially from alumni of Chamberlain. Thanks!
    -Brian
    Last edit by briaan on Feb 27, '11

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    You should also check with the state board of nursing. They can tell you the percentage of their students who pass their license exam on the first try. I've never heard of any consideration being given to one school over another. All 50 states use the same license exam (NCLEX-RN) and it's pass fail.
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    It's DeVry, but with a different name just for the nursing department. The credits overpriced and often not transferrable to state universities or private non-profits. If you're just finishing high school why wouldn't you choose your state university system or city college system?You're young, don't saddle yourself with the enormous debt that comes with a for-profit school. Go to your state university, consider living on campus or joining a fraternity if the price is reasonable (and experiencing college life). Don't ruin your credit rating before you're old enough to experience life
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    Have you not done your research on nursing? BSN grads cannot even land a job.
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    Quote from anon695
    It's DeVry, but with a different name just for the nursing department. The credits overpriced and often not transferrable to state universities or private non-profits. If you're just finishing high school why wouldn't you choose your state university system or city college system?You're young, don't saddle yourself with the enormous debt that comes with a for-profit school. Go to your state university, consider living on campus or joining a fraternity if the price is reasonable (and experiencing college life). Don't ruin your credit rating before you're old enough to experience life
    Yea, I was looking @ a Chamberlain College in my area last year, because it made such lofty promises "No Waiting Lists..Start Now!" But it is indeed very overpriced..sort of like University of Phoenix & other schools of that ilk. I recommend starting out at a community college & doing your pre-reqs there. Good luck!up:
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    Employers don't care where you graduated from, they just care that you have a license. They prefer that you have a bachelor degree. Go to your local board of registered nursing and see what schools they accept as accredited, if your school is not on the list, don't go there.

    Honestly I wouldn't waste my time with a for profit school, they are mostly scams. You can get the same or better education for free, or a greatly reduced rate at a community college.

    That being said, I agree with -RN- above, there is a huge glut of new grad nurses on the market right now, and getting your first job can take up to 2 years of intense searching. Google "New grad RN job search" you will see what people have been going through. Very few of my graduating class is working yet, and we graduated in December, and this is the case with all new grads across the country, including Bachelor degreed nurses.
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    There's a moderator on these forums who completed her BSN (bachelor of science degree) through Chamberlain and was very recently accepted into the Army Nurse Corps. So although Chamberlain is a for-profit entity with expensive tuition, a degree from them can really progress one's career.
    Texas02, PinkPrincessCut, mso819, and 1 other like this.
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    Google "No nursing jobs" or "No nursing shortage". Thousands of posts!
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    I just finished my BSN at Chamberlain (I got my ADN at a community college in 2006). I have a good job, and none of the brick and mortar grad schools I'm applying to have said anything negative about Chamberlain. Chamberlain is fully accredited at most locations (the newer ones aren't yet, because no new school starts out accredited, but they surely will be). No one cares what school you went to, or even what your grades were. I have only ever been asked to show my nursing license (my first job wanted a copy of my diploma while I was license pending, but they did not care what school it was from). That being said, though, my advice to you is to go another route.

    I think Chamberlain is fine to get a BSN if you already have an associate's degree or diploma in nursing, but it is far too expensive in my opinion to be an option for entry into nursing, unless you're desperate, but in this nursing job shortage, no one is THAT desperate! It's a good school, it really is, but it's very expensive (my rule of thumb is that you shouldn't pay more for your entire education than you'll make in a year, and getting your entire education at Chamberlain would violate that rule - getting your ADN at a community college and then the BSN from Chamberlain wouldn't), and like another poster said, you need to get the full college experience. You can't get that at Chamberlain. You are young, and nursing is too stressful to give up the fun you could have at a regular school. Honestly, nursing is my second career, and I wouldn't trade the memories I have from my university days for anything. I can't tell you what to do, and Chamberlain is a good school, but you really might want to explore less expensive options and give yourself a chance at having the full college experience.
    Last edit by AnaCatRN on Feb 28, '11
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    If you depend on these people who discourage others without doing anything for themselves, you will not achieve anything. I don't see anything bad in Chamberlain in terms of their nursing education. Do what you got to do and leave the rest to God. All advises are good, but the rest is left to you.
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