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.
Program: RN-to-BSN, MSN
Focus: Family Nurse Practitioner
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is my third attempt at pursing my online education and Chamberlain has surpassed all my expectations thus far.
Classes: On Campus
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.
The professors are very knowledgeable (most have Ph.D's in nursing).
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.
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).
Program: BSN, MSN
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.
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.
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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