Chamberlain College of Nursing Reviews
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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.
I was surprised to read so many negative reviews about this school. Prior to attending CCN, I had my doubts--It's a new program in my state, there are many negative reviews, etc. However, after one year in the program, I would still choose CCN over other nursing programs. The professors have real world expertise in the field and are committed to student success, there are tons of resources (tutoring, advisors, etc), and the classes are only 8 weeks! This is great because if you aren't crazy about a certain class, you only have to endure it for 8 weeks as opposed to traditional 16 week programs. Although there are many complaints about clinical placement, I've been placed at well known hospitals within close proximity to my home. I am able to work part time while still maintaining the school load. No, it's not easy, but it has been worth it every step of the way. I recommend this school to high school graduates, working people, moms, dads, etc. If you put in the effort, you will not be disappointed.
SAVE YOUR TIME & MONEY !!! School is worthless in all regards. Instructors are terrible, admin is totally worthless as well. All they are in business for is your $$$, they could care less about helping you further your program. When it comes time for clinicals, be prepared for headaches all around. You do all the work to line up preceptor only for the school to tell you "no contract, keep checking". Find another one local, after having driven 3 hours one way everyday on previous one, Only to have school say it takes 2-3 months to get contract. EXCUSES EXCUSES EXCUSES all designed to make you fail or drop out, but they still get the $$$. They could truly care less about students, Only concerned about $$$. SAVE YOURSELF THE HEADACHES & AVOID CHAMBERLAIN AT ALL COSTS !!!
I believe that with any program you get what you put into it. I have read some of the reviews, as far as the clinical portion, They tell you in the start that you are responsible for your one clinical rotations. If you are that in need you can attempt to contact the nearest campus and they will assist in you rotation. I agree that some of the teachers are less then desirable. However, with any institution they do not reimburse for failed courses.
They give you the courses, but when it comes time to do clinicals you are on your own. Have tried contacting them for help over and over. No reply or contact your local hospital. My advice is to pay more for a college or University that is linked with a local hospital.