Chamberlain College of Nursing | 81% 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.”

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  1. Visit liz2000 profile page
    Jul 24, 2:57 pm by
    Overall: 1.0 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 1 stars
    Experience: 1 stars
    Staff: 1 stars
    Academics: 1 stars
    Costs: 1 stars
    Support: 1 stars

    Status: Student
    Program: RN-to-BSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2018

    My Experience

    I have been trying to get copy of my BSN degree for several weeks graduated over 13 weeks ago and no one is calling me back. I call and left several messages at student services and administrative offices and no one even bothers to get back to you. Student services says they will research the issue and let it slip that Jostens does their diplomas so I called them and was told a diploma in my name was not ordered now no one wants to take responsibility. I had a problem with them while attending as well crediting someone else' account with my payment which I went through weeks trying to get straight. Run don't walk from this school not worth the headaches.

    About The Staff

    Staff- what can I say that can be printed here...they refuse to take responsibility for their actions and the place they work. They do not return phone calls when they say they will they lie continuously even when caught in it. I have never this many problems with anywhere and then when you are annoyed they tell you they don't like the way you speak to them. Seriously I never once used expletives or called you names or did anything but sound annoyed what about what you are doing to me I don't like that!

    Things To Know

    I cannot say enough do not give this school your money they are not responsible or credible university and I would not be surprised to see them lose accreditation soon.

  2. Anonymous
    Mar 28, 2:50 pm by
    Overall: 1.8 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 2 stars
    Experience: 2 stars
    Staff: 2 stars
    Academics: 2 stars
    Costs: 1 stars
    Support: 2 stars

    Program: Accelerated BSN, BSN
    Classes: On Campus, Online

    My Experience

    Very quick ADMISSIONS and very quick DISMISSALS. They drop you like flies even if you are 1 or 2 points off the expected final grade. 76% in your core assignments which is all 3 exams and like 20% ATI. ATI systems I thought was an okay learning tool but soon later found that it tricks student into thinking that their resources are reliable. Just launched Fall 2017 and we were the guinea pigs. Most questions are based on the ATI style questions but re-worded on the actual exams which confuses innocent Nursing students like myself. Went to CAS (center for academic success) almost daily but barely helped. May 2017- Feb 2018 spent 15K even with financial aid all for nothing. WATCH OUT FOR YOUR TIME & MONEY THEY WILL GET YOU!
    "CHAMBERLAIN ONLY CARES FOR $$$$$$$, I'M 1000000000000x SERIOUS"
    #NorthBrunswickCampus

    About The Staff

    They say they care but they don't.

  3. Anonymous
    Mar 17, 4:07 pm by
    Overall: 1.0 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 1 stars
    Experience: 1 stars
    Staff: 1 stars
    Academics: 1 stars
    Costs: 1 stars
    Support: 1 stars

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

    My Experience

    This program is not efficient for individuals who work full time and have families. But I have heard that Liberty is the WORST. You need to work part-time to go to chamberlain.

    My over-all experience has been medium to low. I have a family to care for so I found the program to be a little difficult in juggling the needs of the classes and also the needs of my family. I feel more equipped for AA rather than being beneficial to patients than I was before I came into the program. It is too stressful!! NOT A PROGRAM FOR PEOPLE WITH A FAMILY THAT ACTUALLY WANT TO SPEND TIME WITH THEIR FAMLY!

    About The Staff

    Most of the staff are very helpful but you still have to teach yourself the material because all classes are online Most of the instructors are helpful but there was 1 whom absolutely would not help you.

    Things To Know

    I graduated with a 4.0 but serioulsy who the heck looks as your GPA except you! This degree is useless
    Having a BSN doesn't better equip a nurse to care for patients. This degree should be eliminated from the nursing profession. It is a meaningless degree. One you don't get paid more and 2 I didn't learn anything more in the BSN program than I did in my Associates. The BSN only makes you research a lot of unnecessary material. Unless you have a desire to go into management or are required to .... I suggest you don't! It is a worthless degree.

  4. Visit Regina_Phalange profile page
    Mar 1, 6:47 pm by
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    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 3 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Status: Student
    Program: BSN
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 2020

    My Experience

    I attend the Sacramento campus and my experience so far has been amazing! The teachers are all so helpful and really give you a sense of wanting you to succeed. Every week there are optional workshops you can attend to really grasp the concepts you are learning. The students in the cohorts above me are also extremely helpful and try to make your experience as best as it can be. I love the 8 week courses! It can be intense for people who aren't familiar with accelerated semesters, but I have always done better with the 8 week format rather than the 16 week format. Chamberlain gets a bad rap because of the costs, however I do not find it to be all that pricey. I finished all my pre reqs before attending and I was awarded the Chamberlain opportunity scholarship which is applied to every semester I am there, so my out of pocket is very minimal. I would not recommended people attending this school who do not have pre reqs done though, that is when it is way too expensive.

    About The Staff

    The staff are all extremely helpful! They all make themselves very available to you for any issues or concerns. They have tutors on campus to help with any material you are struggling with and they make it clear that their only mission is to have their students succeed.

  5. Visit Dimpled_dani profile page
    Dec 19, '17, 4:45 pm by
    Overall: 1.2 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 1 stars
    Experience: 1 stars
    Staff: 2 stars
    Academics: 1 stars
    Costs: 1 stars
    Support: 1 stars

    Status: Student
    Program: BSN
    Classes: On Campus, Online

    My Experience

    I was kicked out last April. I was 4 classes away from graduation when my daughter who has hydrocephalus suffered complications and required two surgeries of which 1 was major and even after providing documentation they would not let me come back to the program. I even contacted corporate which basically didn't do much either. The school has obvious race issues which you'll notice very quickly if not in your favor. Organization was poor at all times by staff. When students raise an issue about faculty it's ignored. I wish I never went there but we live and we learn. The only good thing that I gained from that place is my best friend I've found.

    About The Staff

    Some staff members were amazing and some were horrible. Some Professors literally would read from the book during lecture and some had no clue what they were teaching us. Some staff members were amazing however and helped push you to succeed.

  6. Visit Hospital2017 profile page
    Dec 6, '17, 10:46 am by
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    Recommend: 1 stars
    Experience: 1 stars
    Staff: 1 stars
    Academics: 1 stars
    Costs: 1 stars
    Support: 1 stars

    Status: Student
    Program: Master's
    Classes: Online

    My Experience

    I had a terrible experience because I was unable to get help with my last class. They asked me retake my last class of FNP program as well as my clinic. To pass the last class of FNP program NR661 students have to get 70% on APEA predictor exam. I got 69%.

    About The Staff

    When I contact my professor, he basically said I am driving and good luck.

    Things To Know

    If you want to choose a FNP program, you need to be cautions: if you can't pass APEA predictor exam, you unable to graduate and take the AANP or ANCC exam. You have to retake the class and re-do your clinics. God knows how difficult it is to find a clinic site!

  7. Anonymous
    Dec 2, '17, 10:54 am by
    Overall: 4.0 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 4 stars
    Staff: 4 stars
    Academics: 4 stars
    Costs: 3 stars
    Support: 4 stars

    Program: RN-to-BSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2011

    My Experience

    I was very happy with Chamberlain. It was a bit pricey, but I was able to complete my BSN in timely manner. The online format was great!

    About The Staff

    The professors were accessible and responsive.

  8. Anonymous
    Jul 12, '17, 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.

  9. Visit SopranoKris profile page
    May 23, '17, 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

  10. Anonymous
    May 4, '17, 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.

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