So I am currently a junior in high school and my dream is to be a Nurse Practitioner one day. I really want to go to Chamberlain College of Nursing because they offer a 3 year BSN program. Also, I will be graduating early next year in January 2015 so I can apply for the spring session. Problem is, I'm afraid I wont get accepted! I have an unweighted 4.0 GPA on a 5.0 scale. I have gotten C's in the past, which is why I'm afraid I wont get accepted. What do you think, will I get in? I'm working really hard this semester to bring my grades up but there's still that doubt in my mind. Should I take CNA classes this summer? Would that increase my chances of getting in? Are there any other schools
that have a similar program? Please help!
Mar 10, '13
I'm applying to Chamberlain for the fall. I graduated high school in 2010. I decided to go to community college first because it was going to save me a ton of money! Chamberlain is a for profit school which means they are VERY expensive...Before you start the nursing curriculum you must complete prerequisite courses which can be done at a community college at over half the price. Plus, I really do think you should experience college at a normal pace before entering into an accelerated program. Especially since you are going to be fresh out of high school. It gives you the opportunity to experience college classes for the first time without the added stress of being in a fast pace course. Chamberlain runs 8 week sessions instead of the traditional 16 weeks. The majority of chamberlain students transfer in from community colleges. Also, you must take the HESI A2
admissions exam as part of your application. You will only know a very small amount of the information on that test for the science portion...they include anatomy and physiology on the exam and most applicants have already taken their anatomy and physiology 1 & 2 courses. I would strongly urge you to go to community college first and then transfer into Chamberlain. It will be the best option financially and for the sake of your education - college classes are very different from high school and doing them at an accelerated can be frustrating if you have never done them before. Talk to a admissions advisor at Chamberlain and they can help you find classes at your community college that transfer to Chamberlain.
If would be a great idea to shadow a nurse first and then if you like it become a CNA. It would be a great experience for you.
Also, Chamberlain is becoming more competitive. I'm going to be attending the one in Addison, IL. And they told us the standards are getting higher because thy have more applicants. But compared to other BSN programs they are slightly less competitive because they can accept more people. Good luck!
Last edit by maddiem on Mar 10, '13