Chamberlain College of Nursing | 78% NCLEX Pass Rates

Chamberlain College of Nursing offers the degree programs, options, and resources necessary to enable you to launch your nursing career or build upon your professional nursing experience.


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  • Programs RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, BSN, DNP, MSN, Post-grad Certificate, NP, Other
  • Location Downers Grove, IL
  • Telephone 1-877-751-5783
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Chamberlain College of Nursing has more than a 125-year history of preparing extraordinary nursing graduates.

Chamberlain College of Nursing has one of the oldest roots to the nursing education, dating back to the 19th century. In 1889, health care services were based on the Deaconess facility model and addressed the local community needs. This model began the Deaconess School of Nursing and later the Deaconess College of Nursing. In 2005, the word Chamberlain became part of the school’s name because of its meaning, “chief steward”, recognizing the role of the nurse and a coordinator of patient care.

 

Programs Available

3-Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing

RN to BSN

RN-BSN to MSN

Master of Science in Nursing

MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Graduate Certificate Programs

Online Program Options

RN to BSN

RN-BSN to MSN

Master of Science in Nursing

MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Undergraduate

3-Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Chamberlain College of Nursing's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program offers an entry level baccalaureate degree program for nurses to complete in three years, rather than the traditional four years. Students go through the summers, unlike peers in other programs, therefore starting their careers sooner.

Campus Locations

Arizona, Phoenix                                         Michigan, Troy                              

California, Sacramento                              Missouri, St. Louis

Florida, Jacksonville/Miramar                    Nevada, Las Vegas

Georgia, Atlanta                                           New Jersey, North Brunswick          

Illinois, Addison, Chicago, Tinley Park      North Carolina, Charlotte

Indiana, Indianapolis                                   Ohio, Cleveland, Columbus  

Virginia, Arlington                                        Texas, Houston, Irving, Pearland

 

“What if I have my LPN or LVN?”

LPN/LVN Option

Chamberlain students or applicants who hold an LPN or LVN license can enroll in the 3-year BSN degree program with 9 transfer credits awarded for those who are able to pass the skills test and proficiency exams.

Eligibility requirements for LPN/LVN option include holding an active or in-active license as a practical/vocational nurse from the US or a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the National Council of the State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) with no active discipline or restrictions on the license.

Admission Requirements for all BSN applicants

  • High school CGPA of 2.75 or GED® test score of 551 if taken between 2002-2013 or a minimum score of 600 if taken in 2014 or after
  • College CGPA of 2.75 (must include at least 24 credit hours, excluding developmental courses)
  • A2 Admission Assessment custom score of 73 which is inclusive of all academic subject areas

RN-BSN Online Program

Chamberlain college of Nursing offers an RN-BSN 100% online program for nurses to complete in as little as three semesters.

Admission Requirements for RN-BSN program:

  • A nursing diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing from an institution recognized by the Department of Education
  • A minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Current, active, unrestricted RN license in the U.S. or in a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the NCSBN
  • Application for admission and an interview with a Chamberlain representative

RN-BSN-MSN Online Option

Program Overview

The RN-BSN to MSN Online Option is designed for RN students completing their BSN degree with a desire to complete a Master’s level nursing degree. The students enrolled in this program take two Master’s level courses in place of BSN courses.

There are five specialty MSN tracks from which to choose:

  1. Educator
  2. Executive
  3. Family Nurse Practitioner
  4. Healthcare Policy
  5. Informatics

Admission Requirements for RN-BSN-MSN

  • A nursing Diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by either the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education
  • A minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Current, active, unrestricted RN license in the U.S. or in a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the NCSBN
  • CGPA of 3.0 or greater in RN to BSN coursework
  • Completion of all liberal arts and sciences courses for the BSN degree

Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Nursing

Chamberlain’s online MSN program is offered in an online format for those interested in five specialty tracks:

  1. Educator
  2. Executive
  3. Family Nurse Practitioner
  4. Healthcare Policy
  5. Informatics

Admission Requirements

  • Must have a bachelor’s level or higher degree from an accredited program by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  • A minimum undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or
  • A minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale based on 12 or more semester hours of graduate coursework
  • Current, active, unrestricted RN license in the U.S. or in a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the NCSBN

Provisional Admission (not applicable for FNP specialty track):

Applicants who meet all general admission requirements to the Master of Science in Nursing degree program but have a lower GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 may gain admission into the program on an academic warning.

Overview

In as few as eight (8) semesters, Chamberlain’s Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner specialty track prepares students to deliver care to all types of patient populations. The FNP program is 100% online coursework, but includes simulation and clinical experiences.

At the end of the program, graduates are prepared to sit for the national certification exam as an FNP.

Immersion Weekend

As part of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) curriculum, students are required to attend an immersion weekend during week 7 of the NR-509 course, Advanced Physical Assessment at the Q Center Training Facility in St. Charles, Illinois.  

APN Capstone Practicum

Clinical practicum is important for the student to practice real life situations to be able to analyze, apply, and evaluate diverse aspects of patient assessment and care. The practicum will be precepted by another nurse and will focus on clinical management skills, case studies, chart reviews, and practice critique, with a capstone product evidencing increasing complex clinical management skills.

Preceptors & Practicum Sites

Once you apply, your admission representative will guide you on how to find a potential practicum site as well as a preceptor. The student will have to find their own site and preceptor. Before you start the program, you do not have to find a preceptor, but will have to identify a potential site by the first day of class.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Online

“Are campus visits required?”

Chamberlain’s DNP Healthcare Systems Leadership specialty track is a 100% online program designed for registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses who hold a master’s degree in nursing.  The DNP program requires completion of 32 to 40 credit hours and a total of 1,024 post-baccalaureate practicum hours. Students should  expect to finish two courses per semester over a total of six semesters.

Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • Master’s level or higher degree from an institution accredited by either a regional accrediting agency or an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  • Current, active, unrestricted RN license in the U.S. or in a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the NCSBN
  • Minimum CGPA of 3.0 from the master’s level or higher degree in nursing

Graduate Certificate Programs Online

Chamberlain College of Nursing's online Graduate Certificate Programs are designed for MSN-prepared nurses that have a desire to continue in the specialties of nursing education and informatics.

Students in the Graduate Certificate Programs may complete either the Educator or Informatics specialty track courses, with the exception of Capstone, currently provided in Chamberlain's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program.

Accreditation

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accredited Chamberlain College of Nursing.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has accredited the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program (including the RN to BSN degree completion option), the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program (including the RN-BSN to MSN option, the FNP track and all specialty tracks) and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing.

Awards

The National League for Nursing (NLN) awarded Chamberlain College of Nursing as a 2016 Center of Excellence by recognizing the sustained efforts in “Creating Environments That Promote the Pedagogical Expertise of Faculty.”

Latest Reviews (Max 10)

  1. Anonymous
    Jul 12, 2:25 pm by
    Overall: 2.0 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 3 stars
    Experience: 2 stars
    Staff: 2 stars
    Academics: 2 stars
    Costs: 1 stars
    Support: 2 stars

    Program: BSN
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 2019
    Focus: Psychiatric

    My Experience

    Well I've been here since the start of January and this school is very unorganized. The school changes the classes around and makes it very inconvenient for the students. My professsor is horrible and the entire class is lost and she spends half the class complaining about how she just started and how the blame shouldn't be placed on her. I wish this school would get things together ! Also we just changed from Hesi to Ati so now we have to learn a lot of things differently.

    About The Staff

    My advisor is rude and has a horrible attitude, he seems to be under to much stress from having some many students to take care of.

  2. Visit SopranoKris profile page
    May 23, 9:53 pm by
    Overall: 4.5 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 4 stars
    Academics: 4 stars
    Costs: 4 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Status: Student
    Program: RN-to-BSN, MSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2019
    Focus: Family Nurse Practitioner

    My Experience

    I completed my RN-to-BSN online with Chamberlain in one year. I was able to take 2 courses per 8 week session and still work a full-time schedule of three 12 hour night shifts. I took 9 months off and am now embarking on the MSN-FNP program.

    I felt the BSN courses were easy to follow and the work required didn't eat up all my free time. I was able to graduate with a 4.0 GPA. If you complete the student orientation and follow the rubrics, you will be successful in this program. I would definitely suggest using the APA manual and PERRLA for writing your papers and discussion posts. With any online program, you get out of it what you put in to it. You are expected to be disciplined and do the readings on your own. You can certainly ask your instructor to clarify issues if you're having difficulty with a topic. My only issue was inconsistency with grading APA between different courses.

    The FNP program does require you to locate your own preceptors, so I would suggest trying to get them lined up well in advance.

    I did attend the graduation ceremony when I completed the BSN. It was a great experience and I enjoyed participating in the Sigma Theta Tau induction ceremony.

    About The Staff

    My experience with Student Services and the Financial Aid department were great. I used tuition reimbursement from my employer for the BSN. For the FNP, I will be using student loans. They were able to guide me through the financial aid process

  3. Anonymous
    May 4, 2:54 pm by
    Overall: 4.2 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 4 stars
    Experience: 4 stars
    Staff: 4 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 3 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Program: RN-to-BSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2017

    My Experience

    Chamberlain is all about supporting you every step of the way with super easy registration, reliable technology (only crashed once in 3 years) and people who you can call and they can help you from beginning to end, without having to transfer you all over the place for each specific question.

    About The Staff

    Everyone is professional and well organized. It truly feels as if they are thanking you for choosing Chamberlain. The professors are very kind and extremely understanding - they genuinely want you to do well.

  4. Visit Bl4kM4jik profile page
    Apr 29, 5:31 am by
    Overall: 4.5 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 4 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 4 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 4 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Status: Student
    Program: RN-to-BSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2017
    Focus: Informatics

    My Experience

    The online dashboard/classroom experience has been interesting and is very interactive. You do not feel as if you are "online" so much as the instructors are very active as well as your fellow classmates.

    About The Staff

    The staff have been helpful when I had questions or concerns. My only request would be to have one person assigned to an account rather then speaking with different individuals each time you call. Also the phone system can get annoying as your academic team does not have their own extensions where they can be reached, however, they communicate very freely and greatly via email.

    Things To Know

    This is my third attempt at pursing my online education and Chamberlain has surpassed all my expectations thus far.

  5. Anonymous
    Apr 23, 8:55 pm by
    Overall: 5.0 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Program: BSN
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 2019

    My Experience

    I believe Chamberlain's accelerated 8 week program does a great job in helping students be focused on just 2-3 classes per every 8 weeks. I hate the structure of other classes of taking 4-5 nursing classes a semester because it makes harder to focus and do well. I love how chamberlain incorporates an NCLEX prep class a month before graduation. Chamberlain has a 90% NCLEX pass rate and now I know why. The students are amazing and everyone is there for you. There are many clubs such as student government association and male nurses club. The classes are small (25-30 students which is great). If I went to another nursing school I would not do as well as I'm doing at chamberlain.

    About The Staff

    The professors are very knowledgeable (most have Ph.D's in nursing).

  6. Anonymous
    Apr 17, 3:01 am by
    Overall: 4.5 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 3 stars
    Support: 4 stars

    Program: RN-to-BSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2016

    My Experience

    I completed the RN-to-BSN program and will start the FNP program Summer 2017. I had a very positive experience with Chamberlain. The online format fit my work schedule since there are no pre-set log in times. I found it easy to manage working full time and completing the BSN taking 2 courses per 8 week session.

    About The Staff

    My Student Services advisor, Shelby, was great. She was very responsive and always kept in touch during the program. I did not use financial aid for the RN-to-BSN program, so I cannot rate the Financial Aid dept. My instructors were excellent. The only professor I did not care for taught Economics, which is no longer a required course (taught by DeVry instructors, not Chamberlain nursing instructors).

  7. Anonymous
    Apr 14, 1:44 pm by
    Overall: 4.0 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 4 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 4 stars
    Academics: 4 stars
    Costs: 3 stars
    Support: 4 stars

    Program: BSN, MSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2017

    My Experience

    I attended Chamberlain online for the RN-to-BSN completion and came back a few years later for an MSN. Initially I was in the FNP track, but switched to the Nurse Educator track due to personal realizations.

    The course length was perfect for me at 8 weeks, and even the few times I doubled up I found the load manageable (while working full time). Like most online programs, assignments include weekly threaded discussions (supported by scholarly sources) combined with papers or PowerPoints on various topics. I really found that I got out as much as I put in.

    About The Staff

    Had excellent faculty, for the most part. Some are more particular about APA than others, but I have found that most students who complain about APA point deductions have a poor grasp of APA.

    Things To Know

    Very expensive for those who are pre-licensure. Due diligence is required when considering one's ability to repay after graduation!

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