Chamberlain College of Nursing Reviews
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disappointed with course profs.
Immersion weekend at chamberlain is a joke and is very expensive. It is a good 45 mins outside of Chicago and the hotel they recommend has a twin bed. They claim the weekend has a 100% pass rate but I know they have failed numerous students each term. Also, you do not get a second chance as they claim! On the second day they send you home after testing and you get your results within a day or two of starting your next possible clinicals.
Don't go to this school. All the negative reviews are true. I have lived it. Clinicals are a disaster. Professors are terrible. I have spent many nights crying. Go to another school. Immersion weekend will cost you and its nothing but stress. You dont really learn about the real world as your soap notes in reality will be 1 page, your soap notes in class will be 4. Teachers are so terrible. Practicum coorindators as useful as toilet paper. And when you get a teacher that doesnt like you they give you bad grades and forget the blind review process ! Its the worst ... stay away far Inwish I did
Chamberlain is the most unorganized, dysfunctional organization I've ever dealt with. When I first was looking into attending I was told by the admissions woman that if I chose the FNP program I could choose to do my Capstone clinicals in psychiatry as that is the field I'm most interested in. After a year in the program when it was time to set up my practicums I was informed that that is not allowed under any circumstance and never has been. So I was already feeling very frustrated with the fact that I wouldn't be prepared for the area I wanted to work in like I was initially told. Then I went a period of time without a practicum coordinator because of turn over issues within the school. At this time I called the school to find out what to do and was told to submit all of the paperwork and requirements directly to my clinical site so that I would be able to start on time. 1 week before the start of my clinical rotation they emailed me saying I needed to complete another background check, a two step PPD, physical, and drug screen. Not only was in impossible to get all of these things done within that time frame, some of them I had already done through my clinical site but was instructed that wasn't good enough, and they wanted me to submit all of this information into a 3rd party website which would take 3 business days to process the info. I was told there was absolutely nothing that could be done about expediting the process through the 3rd party (complio). After crying and speaking on the phone to 7 different people over the course of 3 days I finally was able to speak to a manager after threatening to call the board of education. Prior to that I was continually told by everyone I spoke with that nothing could be done. Eventually I was registered for my course 3 days late, having been required to miss 2 clinical days because I wasn't allowed to be there since I wasn't registered for the course, and an assignment. On top of all of this, many of the instructors don't actually read or grade your assignments which is great if all you're looking for is an easy A, but when it comes to preparedness for clinicals and your subsequent career, you're out of luck. I feel as though we are not prepared to enter into the clinical setting and that we lack advocates at the school. The whole program is a disaster and I would not recommend it to anyone. My advice is do not attend a for profit college.
This school/program is a scam. Point blank. The school is in an office building with a few classrooms and lobby area. The administration staff is heinous. There was absolutely zero support from them when you were able to reach them. The main number did not work after a few weeks of going there and my student services advisor only returned 1 of my 100 phone calls. Emails and voicemails were never answered and her line most always went to voicemail. A majority of my general education courses were not a "match" for their system which was very frustrating as I felt it was very subjective to whatever was convenient for their pockets. This was fishy because two friends of mine who went to the same school and transferred to Chamberlain had different experiences when transferring courses. One friends' course was accepted while the others' was not. Mind you, they took the same course, class in the same college. Overall, look elsewhere for a legit program. Don't be a fool like I was. If you have a funny feeling or hesitation about this program, believe it. I can't believe they are still in business.
After spending all the time and money to take the 30 credits of core classes, some of which were taught by knowledgable, committed DNPs, some not, practicum is a huge disappointment. You are ON. YOUR. OWN. and you will NOT have an advocate for any reason. No one cares if the clinical affiliation agreement terms are violated or not. And if you are mistreated, do not receive the education or time you need, that is on you. No one will speak up for you, and you are stuck with whatever your preceptor writes about you on your permanent record. Good or bad. I regret choosing Chamberlain because you are really just a number, no matter how many "helpful" programs they offer. Student Services personnel are good listeners, kind, and supportive, but basically powerless. Like I said, you're on your own. It is not in any way the same as a local university, where they can see your face...
To those that are considering on attending this school, PLEASE think wisely. There are better opportunities for you to earn your nursing degree somewhere else. From my experience on attending Chamberlain (the Las Vegas campus) is that this school is unorganized and unprofessional. I honestly don't know how I made it this far on attending this school when there were so many times I wanted to drop out. I finally realized that this school is not the best to earn your BSN. Chamberlain is unorganized because they recently incorporated ATI into their program. The professors do not know how to even use it, and they confuse their students on the assignments. It is very frustrating when they don't even know the ATI material and they expect the students to complete the assignment on their own. A majority of the students that I have talked to had to teach themselves on the classes they are taking. Chamberlain offers prerequisites, and even these are unorganized. For example, a classmate of mine is taking anatomy and physiology with a new professor they hired and he doesn't even know the material he is supposed to be teaching. He is unsure on how to answer the student's questions. I took chemistry and microbiology and the same issue occurred. The professors that taught chemistry and microbiology were unorganized and did not teach the material correctly. My classmates and I basically had to teach ourselves the material. I am currently taking health assessment, pathophysiology, and speech. My health assessment and pathophysiology professors are unorganized and unprofessional. I'll start off with my health assessment professor. First off, my classmates and I didn't have her for lab for two weeks. Our first week in lab we had a substitute. We washed our hands like 20 times and did blood pressure. The next week of lab, we had another substitute and he did a majority of talking about his life and career. He barely showed us how to assess a patient, and we had very little time to practice. In our third week, we finally had our original teacher and she showed us what we needed to do/know. Last week, she got mad at us because we didn't have the material down. She should have given her collegues that covered for her better direction on what we needed to know. I would suggest on her having better teaching skills and compassion because she lacks that for her students. Her lectures are not helpful at all because she just says you gotta know everything because that will be on the exam. She expects you to read all the chapters before coming to class because she gives a quiz on it. Honestly, some of her questions are about anything and it doesn't really correlate with the chapter. As for pathophysiology professor, she gives us hints on what's going to be on the exam but it is not even on the exam. She doesn't really lecture well on the chapters. For example, she played an hour long Youtube video on the respiratory system and didn't really lecture on it. She didn't tell us what we needed take out of from the respiratory chapter from the Youtube video we saw. Another thing about Chamberlain is their student services. I would meet up with one of their student services advisors and she would sometimes give off a bad vibe. She just felt like she didn't care or really help me out when I met up with her.
I chose this online program because I need the flexibility to go back to school on my own time as I juggle FT work and family. Chamberlain provides a good education as long as you put all the work into it and don't cut corners (complete all the readings and activities within the allotted time frames). Nearly all of my professors have been amazing; very knowledgeable, engaged, and receptive to my questions and needs. Personally, I am half way through my MSN and find that I have become a stronger leader within my field, having applied the concepts to my everyday interactions with colleagues and other professionals. There's something to be said for nurses being life-long learners!
This is my first class at Chamberlain. I am not impressed at all. The purpose of an instructor is to educate. The instructor gives grades with inadequate feedback. I teach a CNA class and have a firm belief in explaining inaccuracies to the students to ensure a productive learning environment. If a student does not understand it is the job of the instructor to explain or give an example of the correct way to do it.This online program has not impressed me thus far.
Online programs are for self starters. This program gave me all the tools to complete my degree and succeed in my career. I graduated with honors and passed the boards with no problems. I feel well prepared for interviews and feel I will be highly valued as an FNP based on the education I received.