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Chamberlain College of Nursing Sacramento fall 2019

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VANurseCA has 5 years experience as a LVN and specializes in BA clinical psychology/ ER dept.

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I have a BA in clinical psychology and am a LVN. Chamberlain took a great deal of my transfers, but I do not know where my starting point will be yet. 

Your enthusiasm for school to start is becoming contagious!  

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Dani_Sanchez777 has 6 years experience and specializes in Urgent Care.

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@VANurseCA Yes! I literally have no clue how I even found this website. I think I was anxiously googling one night when I couldn't sleep... probably because I was freaking out over not getting accepted lol.. and bam, here we are lol. 

@EWKstudent_nurse I believe I will start with some nursing classes as well as I only have the A&P courses, Micro and Stats to complete (which I noticed isn't right away on the example schedule) and then all of my other pre-reqs are done. Do any of you know how quickly clinical's start? I know in some schools it doesn't happen until year 2, other's (my sister in law went to Sierra) started almost right away and continued the whole two years. I too am antsy. I've waited 29 years for this 😅

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@Dani_Sanchez777, that doesn’t sound too bad at all, I am finishing my last pre req (micro) this summer! I wanted to save some money on the class because I already have loans from my medical assisting program. You will love A&P , I took anatomy and physiology at Sierra and it is hard but so interesting to see how the body works!

 

the clinicals start after the transition to care ceremony so for me should be around This time next year if I’m guessing correctly, Yay!!

As far as I know the first semester of clinical is: year 2-semester 2-session 1, so that’s the session with NR 293 and NR 226  

 

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Did any of you guys apply elsewhere besides Chamberlain? I hear bad things about this school from two of my friends. They say the teachers are horrible and you have to learn on your own a lot. AND they make you commute twice per week outside of Sacramento, like Stockton. 

I looked into Delta College in Stockton and I’m thinking if Chamberlian is going to make me drive there why not just attend Delta which is so much cheaper. Chamberlain is extremely  expensive... and they make you pay the loan 6 months out of school when you might not even have a job yet considering it’s so hard to get one without nursing experience...

Does anyone know how employers look at graduates from private schools? Typically private schools have bad rep.... 

I have an AS degree from a private school that was accredited but now some colleges/universities will not transfer my classes.  I ended up graduating with a 21k loan and no job for years... 

. Not sure if waiting to get into locals schools is better for me, I qualify for all schools except Sac State... I’m in my early 30s and have a kid. 

I  just want to hear some honest thoughts from you guys...

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Hey @Lady2020, so I know 4 people going through the program at the Sacramento campus. They have said nothing but amazing things about the professors and said they are set up to succeed. Before tests, there is a review session held in the CAS center. I also know 2 people that have graduated from there and got jobs with local hospitals almost instantly. The Sacramento campus has a 100% NCLEX pass rate which really stands out to me, so if it’s hard it must be do able and worth it since it prepares you for the board exam. I think all nursing schools would be hard. I’m not sure what the full price of chamberlain is but I know if you transfer all the pre reqs and get financial aid the program comes out to about half the price tag. With grants, it may go down even more. To me a BSN-RN is worth it because you will make more money, and have more opportunities to grow. My mom who is a nurse says that by 2022 they will be phasing out LVNs and ADN-RN and only hiring those with a BSN-RN so if needed in the long run, why not invest in your self now?

I have family members that work for Kaiser and Sutter and they said that’s a Chamberlain students are actually really eager to learn and have said nothing but great things. I even know a recent graduate from this program that was just offered a ft position w/ benefits at a hospital in this area.

As as far as clinical commuting goes I was told the first clinical for everyone is one 12 hour shift/week at a clinic in Lodi, after that they will become more local and shouldn’t travel further than Sacramento or Davis(on rare occasions). All the people I know in the program love their clinical sights and have been to Sutter hospitals , Dignity Health, Vibra Hospital and I think Kaiser (not 100% sure about Kaiser) all within the Roseville/Sacramento area. With any program you’re going to have to commute a little depending on where you live. 

I think all schools require you to pay within 6 months of graduating. At least that was the case with my medical assisting degree as well as the state school I attended before applying to Chamberlain. 

I can’t say anything about applying to other schools because up until this next fall the only program I could apply to is Chamberlain since I have pre requisites in progress. I applied to chamberlain last year, and was rejected since they only have 30 spots. However, I did go to delta for my associates degree before moving back to roseville and it sounded like a good program, I know MJC has a program as well as Stanislaus State. 

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VANurseCA has 5 years experience as a LVN and specializes in BA clinical psychology/ ER dept.

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6 hours ago, Lady2020 said:

@Lady2020

Chamberlain is CCNE, bottom line...BSN RN that has the CCNE is what employers seek. As far as different school choices, that is a personal decision for the student. Only you will know what learning environment works best for you. 

I have found it is up to the student to make the most out of the education they receive.  I went to Carrington for my LVN and it was up to the student to really show motivation to be a self starter. For my Bachelor's I  went to Norte Dame de Namur University. People said that employers would not hire me because I went to Carrington. But I have never had a problem getting and maintaining a job. 

I applied to Chamberlain because I looked around at other places and Chamberlain was the best fit for my situation.  Nursing school is not easy, so wherever you decide to go, you will have to really study.  Good luck to you! I hope you find a good fit for you. 

 

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VANurseCA has 5 years experience as a LVN and specializes in BA clinical psychology/ ER dept.

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12 hours ago, Dani_Sanchez777 said:

@VANurseCA Yes! I literally have no clue how I even found this website. I think I was anxiously googling one night when I couldn't sleep... probably because I was freaking out over not getting accepted lol.. and bam, here we are lol. 

@EWKstudent_nurse I believe I will start with some nursing classes as well as I only have the A&P courses, Micro and Stats to complete (which I noticed isn't right away on the example schedule) and then all of my other pre-reqs are done. Do any of you know how quickly clinical's start? I know in some schools it doesn't happen until year 2, other's (my sister in law went to Sierra) started almost right away and continued the whole two years. I too am antsy. I've waited 29 years for this 😅

Dani_Sanchez777

That is how I found this website too! I was googling Chamberlain reviews. Lol 

@EWKstudent_nurse

I am sure once we go to orientation and meet with  academic counselors we will know a lot more about classes and clinicals. I understand your excitement and wanting to start right away. This will be my 6th year of higher education to get me to my goal. We are almost there! As long as we all encourage and support each other...we will have a fantastic cohort! 

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Dani_Sanchez777 has 6 years experience and specializes in Urgent Care.

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@Lady2020 hi there! I’m gonna try to answer the best that I can.

I always knew I was going  to go to private route for nursing school. My options were Holy Names, Samuel Merritt and Chamberlain. I live in the Bay Area and I work at a reputable organization and according to our hiring managers (nurses), they are looking for your license and that you have a BSN. Our company will no longer be hiring ADN grads unless they are currently getting their BSN. In our area, Samuel Merritt has a great rep. I chose Chamberlain because I am also about to be 30 and for me to get into a public school could be another 2-5 years. I’m personally in a situation at my job where all I need to do is get my degree and I’ll have a lot of help getting into a job / new grad which is an absolute blessing but that’s why I’ve prioritized getting in sooner because I do have job security.

I think what it really comes down to, maybe with your friends, is learning style and perhaps personality conflicts? I know for my current school I constantly butt heads with the teacher because she expects us to learn everything from reading and I’m a hands on learner and it just doesn’t work for me which leads me to feel like I’m literally teaching myself everything.  

Also, with any nursing school, be prepared to travel up to 100 miles for clinicals. It’s just how the game goes. I know some community colleges maybe don’t, like Sierra college I believe they did a lot of Roseville rotations and even some in Elk Grove. But it’s literally a toss up. Personally I’m fine with it I know it’s temporary and for my own good. Also when you travel to different cities, you’ll hit a different demographic of people. For example if you come to Walnut Creek you’ll get a different demographic of patients than you would at Highland Hospital which is Oakland’s county hospital. It’s good to do that, at least in my eyes, because you really get a feel for what you like and different opportunities you might not get somewhere else? Just a diff perspective. 

I also went to western career college (now carrington) and I actually got a job right away with Sutter in SF. However I know some of their RN’s that don’t have a BSN don’t alwahs get the jobs they want. My other sister in law got her ADN and works at the prison in Ione and that works for her but she is going back for a BSN somewhere else. 

You just have to do what works best for you at the end of the day. If you can afford to wait a few more years and go to a CC, you will save a ton of money and get a great education. If you want to go private, find a way that it works for you. It will all fall into place in the end just as it should ❤️

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For those of us that start in September, have you guys found out when we need to pay for our seats, do background/drug test and attend orientation? I was accepted a month ago and at the time my advisor said would get back to me with dates but I haven’t heard. I am trying to plan a family vacation this summer but want to make sure I will be here to do everything! 🙂

thanks in advance. 

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VANurseCA has 5 years experience as a LVN and specializes in BA clinical psychology/ ER dept.

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39 minutes ago, EWKstudent_nurse said:

"For those of us that start in September, have you guys found out when we need to pay for our seats, do background/drug test and attend orientation? I was accepted a month ago and at the time my advisor said would get back to me with dates but I haven’t heard. I am trying to plan a family vacation this summer but want to make sure I will be here to do everything! 🙂

thanks in advance."

 

I think they will give us all that information when the deadline for applications has passed. So I am thinking we should hear something around 3rd week of April or so.

Have you already signed the documents?

 

 

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Oh okay sounds good 🙂 yes I did all the docusigns and got my acceptance letter in the mail the second week of March!

i also spoke with my advisor last Monday and had her “okay” a summer class I was taking and she said she would update me as soon as possible on everything once all acceptance letters are sent out and the cohort is full. 

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VANurseCA has 5 years experience as a LVN and specializes in BA clinical psychology/ ER dept.

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Yeah, I would not expect to hear to much until they fill the spots. Has your advisor mentioned anything in the way of placement testing?

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