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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 attended Chamberlain for my undergraduate degree and liked it so much that I'm now back for my masters degree as a family nurse practitioner. This graduate degree program isn't for the faint of heart, or for those who want to have their hand held. This is a challenging program, and rightfully so.
Great school! Great instructors! There are some issues with finding preceptors for clinical, but I've heard that every single FNP program, including on-campus FNP programs, has this problem. Greatly satisfied with this school and would (and already did) this school to many of my co-workers. Some of them already started their journey with CCN.
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.
I completed my BSN through this program and am currently working on my MSN. So far the program has been challenging but not so overwhelming that I have had to reduce working, I also have a 3 year old. The school is responsive to any help that I need.
Student services are helpful with scheduling, financial aid and tons of other questions. Core courses are tough and must put in several hours of time and research. Only downfall is all the legwork to find preceptors but this is true of a majority of schools. I had no issues in my area, but started early. You must be willing to put work in, which again is true of any student, school, and program.
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!!
This program is continually trying to challenge their students and push them to pursue the most appropriate learning environments for their learning. As a distance learning student I was grateful for the guidance and support towards my masters degree.