Chamberlain College of Nursing Reviews - Nursing Masters
Review of Nursing Masters Degrees
I haven't had any problems with this school and I have learned a great deal. The only issue I have had is finding preceptors, but that would have been an issue with any school. As with any online institution, you have to be disciplined, focused, and study, and you will get out of it what you put in.
I graduated from Chamberlain in 2014 with my BSN. Then I enrolled in their FNP program, graduating February 2017. I'm so glad I did. Best thing I every did. I'm learning so much from the online program. The immersion weekend was a blast. Now I'm doing clinical and loving it!!!
I truly believe Chamberlain has prepared me well to pursue a successful career as a family nurse practitioner. Of course, it depends on how much effort we put in to it as well. But I found it totally comparable to other schools around, including some of the public universities.
Best online school there is. What you put into it reflects what you get from the program. Independence and autonomy are a must! It is Perfect for full time workers and those who have a family. Financial aid services are amazing! They really go the distance to make sure you know what to do next!
I obtained both my ADN-BSN and my MSN-FNP through Chamberlain. I feel that my overall experiences and knowledge gained have allowed me to successfully find a career as a FNP. I have recommended this program to many of my nursing friends. After seeing and hearing of my success with Chamberlain severally of them have enrolled.
The program when I entered was a new program for Chamberlain and, as expected, had a few bumps in the road. Through student feedback and some changes, vast improvements were seen in regards to clinical. I was aware from the start I would need to find my own clinical site and was fine with that and was able to have my sites approved without a lot of trouble (the red tape is on both the site side and the school). The online learning environment allowed me to complete work on my own schedule and provided me the resources I needed and a solid foundation to build on.
I have no problem with the program itself. My issues lie with the coordination of practicum and the absurdity of time it takes to move things along. Students having to sit out sessions due to "legalities" of paperwork despite being turned in on time is frustrating. This directly impacted the education process. However , there are changes being attempted so that is good. The case studies are relevant although full of typos and at times missing information. Example: patient complains of left ankle injury, left ankle is wrapped, yet physical exam reveals abnormalities of the right ankle. Seriously. After time you just move along and deal with this. At the end of the day, you get out of what you put into your education. It's my opinion you have to study more than what is provided in class BUT that is with ANY program. I do appreciate the flexible class structure.
The support staff and instructors are all focused on helping students to be successful in attaining their degree. I have been very satisfied with the format, instructor involvement, and instructor feedback. The student services department is very helpful and able to answer all questions and help with whatever is needed. My practicum coordinator is very knowledgeable and helpful in approving my practicum sites and making sure all requirements are met.
I worked hard & followed the syllabus as closely as possible. Completing classes online is difficult but this program keeps you interactive and deadlines for assignments are straightforward and realistic. CCN's library & resources were very impressive. It takes a little time to realize all that they have available in their student resources but it is wise to get acquainted with it early on because it will save you so much time when searching for EBP. I felt prepared coming out of the program. CCN offers a review course at the end of their program. It not only prepares you for boards but also in daily practice with utilization of practice guidelines and EBP. As with anything, you get out of it what you put into it. I had a job offer prior to graduation and have accepted a position!!
Pros- Instructors are great and provide excellent feedbacks. I've learned a lot and enjoying being able to learn in an online environment that is flexible to my schedule. Weekly case studies are challenging but help so much with clinicals and for future practice. Cons- Need to find own clinical sites which is a difficult process, however, most schools require the same.