Chamberlain University Reviews of Master's in Nurse Practitioner (Family)

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  • Reviewed: 3/24/2023
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"DO NOT GO! Choose a school that is actually supported and has staff to work on things properly. They force the student to submit their clinical sites for approval 120 days before clinicals are supposed to start, yet they do not approve the sites and create contracts. Therefore, students lose their clinical spots and have delays in their education. They do not have enough staff to actually create contracts, work on site approvals and lack communication through out the entire process. The school does not care that you become behind in the track and still have you pay for the terms. As a student, you can do everything correctly and submit every document that is needed, but they will not take blame for their wrongdoings- or attempt to rectify the situation in a timely manner. It is irritating beyond belief! The professors have been kind thus far and supportive, but they cannot help with clinical needs. I am learning some new things because of the courses, but I feel like my experience and education has already provided me with knowledge more than the current curriculum offers. Overall, choose a different school. Chamberlain is a waste of time, money, and adds an immense amount of unnecessary stress."
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2023
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"This ride has been rough. I read in previous review that the first 18 months was doable, which I totally agree. Once practicums started it has been a whole different story. There has been a large volume of information that has been regurgitated to students in conjunction with clinical hours. The videos for each section have been good, but everything else has been incredibly challenging. This semester there has been a huuuuuuge delay in getting registered and the new requirement of pediatric specifics hours is near impossible at this stage of the game. Arranging your own family practice hours is challenging in my area given the brick and mortar schools along with the online programs. Finding pediatric specific sites has been rough. I do not have much time left to the program, so changing the requirements at this point is really unfair to the students. Prior to the first practicum students are told to allot six months to finding appropriate sites. With less than four months we were given the new requirement rather than applying it to students who were beginning the practicum process. I agree with the comments about communication. I was out of school for a semester and no one contacted me about why there was a gap and what the plan was to get back on track. Financial services got in touch with me though, several times. There's not a lot of personal care with this program and I wouldn't recommend it."
  • Reviewed: 3/7/2023
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"There's so much to cover concerning my experience with Chamberlain. I went to Chamberlain as an undergrad and had a wonderful experience (minus the cost), but graduate school was an entirely different beast. I recently graduated, and I'm still studying and waiting to take my boards. Some of the major complaints I have in regards to attending Chamberlain include their horrible communication, their constant changing of curriculums, the cost, and their inability to appropriately match students with practicum sites. Much has been said about Chamberlain's experiential learning coordination team (ELC), and I have to say that I agree with almost everyone's opinion regarding the ELC's lack of communication. It was extremely difficult, from the beginning of practicum sessions to the end, to get in contact with your ELC coordinator. The ELC always advocated for students to have their information for their practicum site submitted 1-2 months early, which I always did, but due to their poor management skills or being understaffed, I was never able to begin practicum on time. I had to argue with my advisor to register me on time for classes due to issues caused by the ELC. This caused me to fall behind at least 1 week in every single practicum course. I wasn't able to log clinical hours for the first 1-2 weeks and this created an immense burden for me. It was even more devastating because my late starts were always due to something completely out of my control. It was always very difficult to get in touch with my ELC team member, although I would leave messages and emails. It became so hard that I eventually starting emailing other departments and even reached out to the dean to get things done. I even started going behind the back of the ELC team and speaking with sites directly because I had absolutely no confidence in their ability to get things done. It was unimaginably stressful. To give them some credit, they did help me find a practicum site--1 hr 30 min away from my home. In regards to interactions with the ELC, my advise is 'the squeaky wheel gets the grease.' You literally have to make these people sick of you, or else you can forget about help. Chamberlain is a very expensive school. Between tuition, books, immersion, and traveling for practicum, it's upwards of $40K. I was able to secure a scholarship for school so that helped me immensely, and I would highly suggest applying for scholarships if cost is of concern. Chamberlain is a for-profit university, which really correlates to the institution and the higher-ups not caring a whole lot about their students. If money is an issue, you could probably get a little more bang for your buck elsewhere. I don't feel that I got the support I needed for the amount of money I had to spend. I was able to save money during immersion, but only because I'm a local. Otherwise, immersion costs in total around $2K, for each trip. Absolutely insane. The curriculum was changed during the middle of school. Everything was going pretty smoothly up until iHuman was added to the mix. I think iHuman is probably a good program for medical students, but for FNPs I don't think it was helpful or appropriate at all. For example, one of the iHuman scenarios involved a patient with ACS, which is fine, except the care for this patient far exceeded the amount of care an FNP would provide to a patient with ACS. iHuman had us ordering diagnostic tests that a cardiologist would order, and creating treatment plans for patients that would have definitely been inpatient. The ACS patient is just one example, with the patients and scenarios becoming increasingly more difficult throughout the sessions. Also, you only have one attempt. iHuman encounters were a significant chunk of your grade, so if you messed up during one encounter your grade was in jeopardy for the remainder of the session. This was extremely stressful. My advice to future students when dealing with iHuman is to watch the iHuman videos they provide, as these turned out to be very useful and often gave significant clues on how to proceed with the cases. Overall, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend Chamberlain to the working student. If you have the ability and the time to completely focus on school, then I say go for it. Otherwise, consider another institution. Chamberlain is really ideal for self-driven individuals that are ok with not getting too much help from others. If you are strongly motivated by others, and have a hard time with initiation and follow through I would suggest finding a different school, because Chamberlain staff and professionals were almost no help at all."
  • Reviewed: 2/28/2023
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Where to even begin with this review. If you are considering Chamberlain hopefully you are smart enough to do research. Apparently I was not so here I am. I only lack 4 courses before graduating and I have maintained a 3.85 GPA. I am currently in the certificate program as I already have a masters from another institution. Having said that I am considering looking at other schools and having to redo some of this coursework just to get away from this school. The ELC team is a joke. They don't answer emails or calls, always claiming they are too busy working on the current term when in fact they ask you for documents a minimum of 2 months in advance. So what did they do with all that time?? The fin aid office does not bother to respond and your "advisor" is some kid working from home somewhere in this country that does not have a clue or a care about you or your situation. The turn over in the ELC and the advisor team should be a clue to you, and to them, that something is NOT working. Run far and fast away from this joke of an institution and find someplace that has not grown too big for their own good. I certainly wish I had."
  • Reviewed: 2/22/2023
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"BSN to MSN was great. MSN had been an utter nightmare. Please know that this school WILL NOT help you get a practicum site. They say they will after coaching calls and documentation of site refusal but they will still not help you. Trying to get a hold of your coordinator in experiential learning is IMPOSSIBLE and they are unorganized and give you tasks that are not even needed yet simply hinder your progress towards practicum sites. I am very close to transferring to another school at this point. The professors are unsupportive and the tests impossible (and not because we are all not trying but bc the material does not support our learning)."
  • Reviewed: 2/7/2023
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"I am currently attending Chamberlain for my FNP and everything has been somewhat ok up until now, with no thanks to the "professors". I am currently in Health Assessment and the past five weeks have been a nightmare, because of the structure of the class and ESPECIALLY an unsupportive professor who is honestly making me feel attacked by the way he picks and chooses what he is taking points off for. Always saying reference the syllabus when there is nothing to reference because he is just making up rules and marking things incomplete despite me doing them as instructed. Since when does a DISCUSSION POST need a title page and separate reference page??? Then taking off points for that because he can not find anything else wrong with the content which thoroughly addressed what was asked! ALSO when asking a question to clarify VAGUE instructions then being given a VAGUE response is of zero help, so you just have to hope whatever you choose to do it correct otherwise points will be deducted. ALSO, when asking for clarification on a quiz password and being immediately deferred to student services just to be told "your professor can do that" is frustrating. THANKS FOR ALL THE HELP AND SUPPORT "PROFESSOR". Don't waste your money, Stay away from this school. It is a shame my money and my future are at the mercy of these people. They have no right to call themselves "professors"."
  • Reviewed: 1/25/2023
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"I currently have been working on my MSN/FNP classes for the 18 months at chamberlain and the first 18 months were smooth sailing with a little difficulty here and there. However health assessment has been a nightmare it has been so disorganized and road blocks at every turn not to mention the flying to Chicago for immersion and having to pay almost another grand out of pocket. On top of all of the stress, I go accused of integrity violations on a minor assignment. The assignment was an ihuman virtual lab, and we were allowed to review it 5 times. I completed all 5 attempts and reviewed the answers each time. However I was told my answers were too similar to the suggested answers from the review, I was given a B on the assignment but I am awaiting the Deans decision. Also to add insult to injury my quiz would not open on the previous week. When I contacted my professor she told me that it worked for all the other students (I messaged her 24 hours prior and attempted to call student services but never received a call back). After defending myself this rude instructor emailed me thanking me for emailing her but stated " I feel like you were unprepared and rushed through this. She politely called me lazy, and unprepared even though I have done well up till this point with no issues. This program has went from doable to a nightmare in a 3 week span. I feel like you are at the mercy of a professor that is a hundreds of miles away and doesn't care about your future. Avoid this place please going is rapidly becoming one of my biggest mistakes."
  • Reviewed: 1/11/2023
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Please save yourself the time, energy, and stress and choose another school. Any other school. It's already hard enough and this school puts up extra road blocks every step of the way. It often takes an hour to get through to student services. The experiential learning coordinator is supposed to call back within 24 hours and often never calls back. They say they will escalate it to the next level, which means nothing. They say the management will then respond within 48 hrs and they never call back either. They don't care about you or your ability to get registered, finish the program, or graduate. I did my BSN with Chamberlain and it was fine. My MSN-FNP program has been an absolute nightmare. Save yourself from going through what I have gone through."
Student Beware
  • Reviewed: 1/4/2023
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"I already have another masters degree in nursing and I wanted to become a provider. I went to a state school for my other nursing degree and felt that Chamberlain was a better option as it was all online and they did well promoting the military discount. However, almost every semester I had to contact the school because they don't seem to talk to one another in departments, they tell you one thing but mess it all up every single time. They tell you that you are registered for classes and when you go to log in, nope. They tell you that they are waiting for the go ahead from one department so you contact them and nope its something else. They are extremely unorganized, teachers all grade differently so in one class you are A material and another barely C. They don't help with anything and when you miss your GPA by 0.03, they kick you out and you have to reapply and get a waiver. They they tell you that you have to pass or you will have to ask for another exception and it takes all semester to hear back from anyone so you end up wasting your time chasing things around. You also lose your military discount when you get kicked out. Also if this class is one where you have to go to St. Charles- all out of pocket- you have to do it again the next semester- all out of pocket. I should have gone to the state college. I used to recommend this school to several people- now I recommend they go somewhere else to be successful. Its a shame- I know a lot of nurses who would have come to this school. Get your stuff together- COMMUNICATE!!!!"
  • Reviewed: 10/31/2022
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Graduated in 2022 and as a previous student in the BSN program, I did pass the AANP. This program is not made for full-time workers or those with busy lives even though they tell you it is when signing up and getting through the application process. The basic rundown of your courses is initial posts or discussions by Wednesday of the week with at least two replies for a total of three different days' posts. then there is the occasional double discussion where you have to post by Tuesday of the week and Thursday of the week with 4 replies on different days. they did add in this clinical program simulator called Ihuman which is practically impossible to pass or get a decent grade on if you aren't allowed to take it more than once because scenarios are based on 1 (clinical expert) opinion and what they would do our class got two attempts later classes get 1. The assignments are essentially busy work and at the end of your program, you have to create a pointless capstone project that is all about you explaining how chamberlain helped you achieve your goals 3 assignments per class are uploaded into a portfolio, DNP paper, and narrative that's about 23 pages long of repeating yourself. Throughout your initial classes and application process you are told this is a program for working nurses etc. however later in the program they suggest (vehemently) you cut down or stop working. In an 8-week course of clinical you need a minimum of 16 ish hours a week, however, your end courses push for you to have them done by week 7 or the last day of clinical mid-week of week 8 and hours are patient contact hours, not clinical hours you are expected to find a preceptor that has an empanelment of at least 20 patients a day to meet this requirement in later courses. there is absolutely no support for the clinical placement you will get back emails stating they prefer you to do it on your own (for success). leaving many students to pay for clinical sites which cost roughly $12-15 an hour, for perspective on the low end you'll pay $1500 plus administration fees to a company totaling about 2k per clinical rotation additional cost added to your already expensive education. There is exam prep for national certification they give you access to APEA which is an alright program you don't get full access to it until the capstone class in which you are required to watch videos weekly, work on your capstone, participate in class discussions, and then attend a live review course in Illinois from the APEA people (flights and room at additional cost). *****************IF YOU MADE IT THIS FAR********* Stressful yes but that is typical of any FNP program however there are more cost-effective schools. Once you hit the physical assessment class I suggest you subscribe to a test prep program there are many to choose from. I took two months from graduation to test and passed certification however quite a few from my graduating class tried to take it immediately and did not pass I can't speak for their preparation techniques or study habits but will tell you the actual learning didn't begin until I started using the preparatory work. you will spend a lot of time regurgitating reading material and (clinical practice guidelines) in the program. If you still decided to go with chamberlain good luck you can do it although busy and hard I was able to graduate with a respectable GPA."
  • Reviewed: 10/20/2022
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Don't attend this school! It is true they charge an enormous amount of fees, the professors are not supportive, there grading is not consistent either. I had to find my own preceptors and had preceptors cancel on me during the clinical rotation. With all the stress you would think there would have been resources available but it was not. Long story short. I completed the program, did ALL clinical hours, passed the EXIT exam and ended with a gpa of 2.96. I even sent them the police report showing that while in school, I was dealing with leaving a domestic violent relationship and moving around because of that. I was denied my degree. They told me that because I didn't have a 3.0 no degree. The same class in which I received a C in at Chamberlain, I took that class at Walden University and received an A. Different program, a different explanation of terms, etc. Chamberlain doesn't care about the working nurses trying to pursue higher learning. They don't care about you as a person. They just want the stats and the money. Don't do it! Graduated from Walden University. Felt supported from day one and they took most of my classes as transfer credit and clinicals too completely different."
Jasmine Higa
  • Reviewed: 3/16/2022
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"My name is Jasmine. I am a mom of 3 boys, and a full time registered nurse. Chamberlains MSN to NP track is amazing. I am able to work, and spend time with my family while getting my degree. I am so excited to become an NP. Chamberlain is very flexible with my hectic life. It really is the ideal university for anyone to further their education."
John Romeo
  • Reviewed: 3/11/2022
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"I am in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. It is on-line and works with my busy busy life. I am a father of 3, married, have a full-time, salaried job and am taking an outside leadership course currently as well. Admissions was simple and they assisted me through the process. We discussed work-life balance and all the challenges I can expect. It is terrific program and I look forward to completing my Master's in Nursing and getting my certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2024. Chamberlain has a terrific program and I highly recommend it to busy adult learners."
Emily C
  • Reviewed: 3/10/2022
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"I was hesitant to join an online program because in the past I have felt abandoned during online classes. I am glad I decided to give Chamberlain a chance. You do have to be self-motivated to dedicate time to reading, assignments etc. but the workload is very reasonable. I work full time as a nurse and I am in the FNP program and I could not be happier. The professors are very clear on their expectations. They lay out the entire class for you to see what is coming up next so nothing is a surprise which is great. The librarians are phenomenal and incredibly helpful. This session I am also in a Peer tutoring course which gives me the opportunity to log in live with a peer tutor to ask questions and get clarifications. The best part is, they understand we all work and have lives so everything is recorded to be viewed later in case we cannot make the live session. I have not started clinicals and I know we have to find our own which might be a bit intimidating but I am honestly not too worried. If you are thinking about it, just do it. It is worth it."
  • Reviewed: 1/27/2022
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Chamberlain definitely came through on allowing me to work and earn my degree. I completed the program with the skills necessary to start as a NP. I always found student services accessible and helpful. Fortunately I was able to Secure my preceptors without assist except for pediatrics, Chamberlain did not help to match with a pediatrics preceptor so I had to use a preceptor service that is quite costly. Other than that I was satisfied with the program Even with the pandemic and its affecting EVERYTHING"
Do not attend
  • Reviewed: 1/4/2022
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Stay far away, and find a different program. They are impossible to get on the phone to register class with, and will in no way shape or form assist with clinical placement. I work full time and attend school, they advertise as helping find placement but that does not happen. I paid an outside company 1,800 to help me find placement because the school does not help. After finding placement the school has yet to approve the site and will not let me register for class in the meantime. I will now be losing out on 1,800 dollars and be delayed a semester. Do not go here."
Andrea Constance Douglas
  • Reviewed: 11/10/2021
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Chamberlain University strives to deliver extraordinary nurses, at the bachelor, master's, and DNP levels. I graduated with my BSN in 2018 and returned in 2019 for my master's and it is one of the best decisions that I have ever made. The faculty is well educated and knowledgeable in their field of practice and they truly want each and every student to achieve their goals. Each facility member has been where I am today and their knowledge and experience shows, as I am a product of that knowledge and experience. I took my ANCC today and was successful on my first attempt, and I appreciate everyone that contribute to my success. Thanks, Chamberlian University, it was well worth it."
Patience Faith Karsten
  • Reviewed: 6/24/2021
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Before starting Chamberlain University, I did my research. I did not want to just have a degree, I wanted to be the nurse and FNP who knows what she was dong with an exception. During my research, I saw that Chamberlain had this "Head-To-Toe" assessment class in their curriculum. I decided on the RN-MSN program. During my BSN program we had to memorize the assessment, record, and submit for grading. Now, I am in the FNP program and in NR509 Advanced Physical Assessment course, same thing happened. Meanwhile, after the BSN part of my program Chamberlain organized a virtual career fair and I got hired by a hospital in Michigan. As a new hire, I had to go through training. I had to give my first report to 2 oncoming nurses. I started by asking the first nurse if we could give a bedside report and she agreed. I gave my report on 3 of my patients. When I asked the other nurse if I could give her a report by patient bedside she was a little hesitant. The first nurse told her, "You want to receive a bedside report from Patience. She gives a good report. She gave from Head-To-Toe assessment and system report. You will love her report." I was amazed! I did not know that I had actually done the "Head-To-Toe assessment," unknowingly and unconsciously. I have my assessments not only memorized for passing my grades and having a degree only but in my unconscious mind (so to speak) with the right attitude to use it in my future practice. I have had amazing professors especially Dr. Nancy Baltz who facilitated this success. Her feedbacks were a teaching moments and did not criticize. Her quick responses and guidance helped in every step of the way. She prepared us ahead of time for the next week's assignment and debriefing, sent reminders and they were detailed and understandable. She is very diligent because she is so passionate for your students' success. I am very happy I chose Chamberlain University."
Don't do it
  • Reviewed: 6/9/2021
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Just don't do it. I completed both my RN-BSN with the school then my FNP. This was in 2020 and my clinicals were impacted by COVID, while they did allow us to put them on hold, they did not then or ever help us find preceptors. That part was such a massive lie, it really affected many of my classmates, some of whom just finished a year later because of this. So first of all, if you cannot find a solid preceptor (and back up preceptor because stuff does happen/my preceptor quit mid-term) ... pick a different school. Secondly, no instructor time is real time, all the instruction if there is any was pre-recorded years ago and was not useful. So, unlike some online programs, you never hear your actual instructor's voice even because you never meet them/they do not actually instruct, they just grade. This leaves you to learn everything about being a family NP from books. What I missed was being with an instructor and listening to them say "when I was working at such a such job this is how I dealt with this particular situation." You get no nuance, just book answers, which as nurses we all know is far too basic and not centered with reality. I feel robbed of an actual education, especially for the money I paid. They do good exam prep at the end, however the capstone project is actually just a massive culmination of papers you wrote ... and objectives you just write over and over how you proved you met. I would have far preferred to be treated like a respected MSN student and done a project in the community or written a dissertation. It was a joke. I want to be proud of the work I put out. Lastly, something I will never, ever forgive them for is the 10 minute graduation we had. Sure it was COVID, sure it had to be planned, but they knew in March (Graduated late June) that we wouldn't be in person for graduation. We had the dean and then someone else talk, all each on pre recorded zooms for 2 minutes each. I had my family outside with me, balloons everywhere, we all got ready for a big send off and ... then it was over in 10 minutes. No commencement speaker. Nothing. The dean doesn't care at all about us. It was truly the most embarrassing moment of my academic career. Don't go, it's just not worth the money."
Bitter student
  • Reviewed: 4/28/2021
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"This used to be a good university, that cared about the students. Not anymore. The dean will blow you off. If you are smart, they don’t like it. The nurse practitioner instructors purposely humiliate you. They are also obsessed with cheating. I am not sure who did what in the past, but they ruined it for the rest of us. You will not get any feedback from the exams, so no learning there. If one doesn’t like you, none of them like you. My lawyer said “that’s what you get if you go to a nut school”. Oh well."