Will I get into Chamberlain?

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    Hi everyone!

    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!
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    I'm pretty sure Chamberlain is one of the least competitive programs out there (it's for-profit and expensive and a devry school). As the joke goes...all you have to do to get in is open the door

    I'm exaggerating a bit, but I think you should be fine. Just focus on whatever entrance test they require, wave some money at them, and you should be gravy.
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    As Stephalump (pretty much) says, Chamberlain is a money oriented school. Getting in is usually pretty easy because most nursing students will not want to pay their expensive tuition. Just make sure nurses graduating from the program are getting hired in your area.
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    Awesome! Would you recommend I get CNA certified this summer as well?
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    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
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    I would also make sure that the credits are transferrable if your goal is to go on to get your NP. IMO you're better off going to a regular BSN program, but that's just me.
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    If you want to get your CNA, go for it. It'll only benefit you. But I do agree with meep, look into other BSN programs too. Chamberlain may have a shorter program but I think they are WAY overpriced for the quality of education you receive there.
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    Is there a reason that you all are choosing to attend an extremely expensive commercial school rather than a traditional (not for profit) nursing program? I'm just curious. You will be paying a LOT more for the same degree. PP is correct - Chamberlain is actually an arm of DeVry - a very commercial, for-profit tech school. Make sure that you are clear on the actual length of the program. That 'short' program may just include the clinical classes... and not all the pre-requisites.

    Meeep is correct - if your ultimate goal includes graduate school, you would be much better off selecting a traditional nursing program. This will provide a much better impression to the graduate school's admission committee.


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