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.