I am a current student at Chamberlain. Before I started, I was lost and had so many questions. I would like to clear some things up for those still confused. Chamberlain is an easier program to get into because there is no "waiting list" classes start in the spring, summer, and fall. This however doesn't mean everyone is accepted. Chamberlain requires for the BSN program a high school cumulative GPA of 2.75 or GED of 551. College GPA of 2.75 must have at least 24 credit hours. You also must have a ACT composite score of at least 21 or a SAT score of at least 990. You also need to complete the entrance A2 Admission Assessment or HESI with a combined score of at least 75 (which isn't easy that easy to get, especially if you haven't had college experience) The HESI has 7 sections. Reading, grammar, vocabulary, biology, chemistry, anatomy & physiology and math (which you cannot use a calculator in) You are able to take this exam twice. If you meet all of these requirements, you also need to have the funds for this. The BSN program costs about $90,000. Before you can even become a student, you need to meet with a financial advisor to make sure you can cover these funds, whether it is out of pocket, through scholarships/grants or through loans. As for the people asking why pay all of this money instead of going the traditional route? 1.) Chamberlain's education is the same education you would receive going through the "traditional route" it is just accelerated meaning you graduate sooner. 2.) Because it is accelerated, you graduate in 3 years instead of 4 years. 3.) There is no waiting list to be accepted into a nursing program, you are guaranteed as soon as you become a student. As for taking classes at a community college to cut down on costs, I find this to be a good idea. Many of my classmates have transferred to Chamberlain with credits from their previous college to cut back on costs. Chamberlain accepts a lot of credits but I'd check with them before taking a class at a community college just to make sure it will transfer. For the people deciding whether or not to get their CNA first, through the classes you will take at Chamberlain, you will be able to get your CNA. You typically take 3 classes at a time, every 8 weeks. All of your prerequisites will be through DeVry and all of your nursing courses will be through Chamberlain. You have to get most of your prerequisites out of the way before starting nursing classes. I personally am happy I made the choice to attend. Yes, they are very expensive, but it will be worth every single penny. The class sizes are small (typically about 20 students) which gives the professors more time to work with you individually. They try to get you to work in groups every chance they get, which is a very helpful skill to have in nursing. My professors, and everyone I have worked with have been so welcoming and friendly. Chamberlain has gone above and beyond with making sure I understand what I am doing. The faculty is so willing to help (unlike other colleges I've attended) You can tell they really want you to succeed. If you are hesitant, call up local hospitals in the area and see if they are familiar with Chamberlain students. Your clinicals are at local hospitals in the area so Chamberlain students do earn a reputation. It is a very tough program. The workload is very heavy and challenging and you WILL need to give up things in your life to make time for the work. You have to be really dedicated to succeed in this program. You only get 2 breaks a year (2 weeks for winter break and 1 week for spring break) That's it! There is no break in-between sessions (one ends on Friday the next one starts the following Monday) so you have to be dedicated.
If anyone has any questions, feel free to contact me. I found it frustrating when I was first starting because there wasn't that much information present to non-students but I'd love to help.