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Anyone attend/graduate Chamberlains nursing program in Chicago?

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I set up an appointment with an advisor to apply to this school and take the HESI exam, but I don't want to get sucked into a school where I'm paying an extreme amount of money after graduation from loans, and then not even getting hired because the school isn't credible. Have any of you graduated from this school, and if so what did you think of the program? Were you able to find a job at a good hospital? Also I've accumulated 29 credit hours at my community college. I've taken Micro, A&P I, English I and II, and other nursing pre-reqs... However, the advisor I spoke to said they don't require pre-reqs. I'm just a little skeptical but I really want to get on the path to getting my career started sooner! I was looking into UIC and Loyola's nursing program, but if Chamberlain is legitimate I will definitely go for it!

I've just recently went thru the same steps, with the amount of credits I'm transferring in I was told my tuition would be around 67,000. The advisor did tell me that financial aid does not cover their entire program and you will have to take out private loans, which are usually credit based. But she also went thru their accreditation with me as well, and they are accredited. I definitely understand your urgency to start moving towards ur nursing path, I'm trying to do the same as well. Weekday I've learned while dealing with this process is not everything works for everybody, u have to find a system and plan that will work well for u...Good luck..future nurse

NurseGirl525, ASN, RN

Specializes in ICU.

No, no, no. Run away from these type of school. They are for profit. They could care less if you graduate. They want your money, that's it. Please continue at your community college. And do not be taken in by their salespeople. That is their job. To promise you the moon.

Maybe you are right, that is a lot of money

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

Chamberlain is DeVry - they just attached a different name to their (cash cow) nursing subsidiary. DeVry is in some financial difficulty already and this may intensify as Federal efforts to reign in the for-profit educational sector continues. A quick Google will bring up a lot of information about what is happening. Corinthian Colleges (Everest) went belly-up in July, leaving an enormous number of students stranded... already in serious debt and without any certificate/diploma/"degree".

That is a serious amount of debt. If you choose this program, PLEASE do not fund it with private loans, which incur very high interest rates and are not subject to any type of student relief options such as deferment if you are temporarily unable to pay.

SopranoKris, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 6 years experience.

Run, don't walk, away from this type of program. They are notorious for holding your degree hostage while you have to shell out more money for extra "modules".

If it's too good to be true, it usually is! A program that doesn't require ANY pre-reqs should be a huge red flag that it's a potential money pit. They will give you a big sales pitch when you go visit their campus. Trust me. I was almost rooked into a similar program with the lure of no pre-reqs, no waiting list. I'm very thankful I did my research!

Besides, your credits from those for-profit institutions will not transfer any where. If you later want to get a masters or become a nurse practitioner, you'll be out of luck.

Also, many employers will not hire grads from for-profit institutions.

Caveat emptor!

I graduated from chamberlain Addison last may. Prior to going to chamberlain, I had taken all my prereqs at a junior college. I was able to transfer in all of my classes. It's definitely expensive but you can offset those costs by transferring in your cc credits.

I have a great job at an awesome hospital and I am able to go to any grad school of my choosing. While I am not a fan of the 40k of debt I acquired, it was a means to an end and I am now working at my dream job!

I graduated from chamberlain Addison last may. Prior to going to chamberlain, I had taken all my prereqs at a junior college. I was able to transfer in all of my classes. It's definitely expensive but you can offset those costs by transferring in your cc credits.

I have a great job at an awesome hospital and I am able to go to any grad school of my choosing. While I am not a fan of the 40k of debt I acquired, it was a means to an end and I am now working at my dream job!

Hi bridgetteRN!

I'm starting at the Addison campus this fall and was wondering if you could give me some insight and tips for being successful in the program.

BRIDGETTERN, if given the opportunity again would u still choose Chamberlain?

BRIDGETTERN, if given the opportunity again would u still choose Chamberlain?

Srobinson, that's a tough question. I don't have anything to compare it to but in my opinion, all nursing schools are hell! ;) I did like that I was done with school in a shorter amount of time than a traditional BSN program but there were definite drawbacks as well. The most important to me was that there really was no downtime. Understandably, during nursing school you're pretty consumed but I absolutely could've used a break here and there to give myself a mental break. The cost of school kind of ****** me off but I also got into a traditional 4 yr program and it wasn't all that much of a difference price wise.

I'm rambling here but overall, I'm happy with my education and my ability to pay my loans with the job I secured shortly after was worth it.

Hi bridgetteRN!

I'm starting at the Addison campus this fall and was wondering if you could give me some insight and tips for being successful in the program.

Study hard, take it seriously, make friends and take time for yourself whenever you can! Also, if you can afford to do so, make a monthly appointment for a massage, mani/pedi, whatever it is that makes you feel pampered! It'll make you feel like you have more of a balance in life if you schedule time for yourself!