Chamberlain College of Nursing Reviews
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Classes were adequate, teachers varied as I think they would with any school. Most instructors responded to questions quickly. Be sure to read syllabus and follow to the letter. No assistance with finding Practicum Site, I was worried that I would not be able to find one in time. I have found that an MSN Executive Track degree is basically useless. Pick a different track!
As a newer program it definitely had some kinks but overall I feel I have earned a quality education working around my work and family schedule. Just like ANY school, brick and mortar or online, you get what you put into it! I felt like my learning process was an ongoing collaboration between the class work and practicum experiences. I know one big frustration for some of my classmates was finding practicum sites. This is not a unique problem to Chamberlain. Every FNP program has this issue as students are flooding into programs. In the end... I am responsible for my own learning and my own knowledge, as in any program.
I was very pleased with my education at Chamberlain. I have my BSN and 2 MSN degrees from this school and I highly recommend it for anyone needing flexibility. The online programs are tough but they teach you discipline, which is very important in this field. You have to be focused and ready to learn. I felt very prepared when I graduated and was able to pass my FNP board exam on the first try 2 weeks after graduation. I now have a great job with excellent pay and benefits. I would not have been able to make it this far without this educational opportunity. I am a proud Chamberlian graduate and highly recommend this school!
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 know some are skeptical when having to find their own clinical sites. I work for a hospital and just stayed within my hospital. That made it easier because I only had to get the place approved one time then from there it was just my NP information that needed provided. I recommend staying within the same health system when possible. I never had issues with finding a clinical site or getting it approved.
I personally have not had any problems with the School. Every time I call everyone is very helpful. I wish they would assist in finding site location, but at the same time I feel it is beneficial if we find our own location it helps the student network with Doctors offices. The classes are not to easy a bit challenging, just like any online program. I would recommend this school.
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!!!
There are good and things with every program. Chamberlain's program is ever-changing as they are continuously attempting to make updates to improve the curriculum. I have made recommendations that have come to fruition. They hold town halls every semester to receive feedback from students and have multiple ways in which to give feedback. They do not help with finding a preceptor - but neither do a lot of other programs out there. There is an extra fee for your specialty-track classes only at this time. There is some inconsistency between instructors and their expectations which can sometimes be frustrating, but I also think this is normal for any program. They need to work on how they allocate the credit hours for didactic in clinical courses because students put in a lot more hours worth of work than what is currently reflected in the credit hour allotment. To their credit, Chamberlain has been very innovative however in their design of their capstone course, and their newer approach to testing and quizzes. Students have the ability to truly learn for learning's sake and not be so stressed out that they miss the big picture as I have seen from students in other programs. The coursework, however, is still aggressive and quite rigorous throughout the clinical courses. Students are forced to thoroughly research a multitude of topics that directly relate to things they see in practice.
My instructors have been very good and helpful so far. The only problem is finding your on preceptor. I suggest starting very early on so you won't be stressed. Other that, Chamberlain has been a blessing. There are no waiting list, they start several times a year vs. only one start date. You're able to work and do clinical. You set your own clinical schedule,, as long as you get your hours in you are good. I did my BSN there and I'm now 4 classes away from being complete with the MSN-FNP program!!
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.