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I graduated from CCN this last December of 2016. I began my BSN completion in 2007 with breaks along the way due to life unexpected challenges. CCN was expensive compared to other BSN completion programs but, the other online programs was not conducive to my work schedule. The BSN program will require work from you so if you think "online" is easy well think again. Also, the quality of knowledge I received from CCN was better than the University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center or UTMB at Galveston provided their graduates. I notice this when I was awarded the Chairmanship of my organizations Quality Practice Council seat. The information taught to me by my CCN Professor provided me with superior knowledge to other BSN UT Houston and Galveston graduates. Most of the other graduates had no idea of how to based nursing care on any evidence base practices or even where to find them. The other graduates had some idea but was really lost on how to formulate a search or reference a scholarly article with proper scoring for submittal for a nursing policy to be based upon. So, the proof to me is CCN; although expansive, is worth it. Some people want a great deal for nothing. You won't get that at CCN, if you apply yourself. Alan Harvey BSN, RNC-NIC
I was first told about the RN-BSN program offered through Chamberlain College of Nursing from a coworker of mine. At the time, I was working as a full time critical care nurse on night shift and was enrolled in a different university that required in class presence, a long commute, long lectures, and standard sixteen week courses and traditional semesters. These factors made my goal of attaining my degree in a shorter amount of time impossible and my work-life balance extremely difficult to maintain. I take reviews from close friends and family to heart, so when my coworker urged me to call and just check it out, I was happy to find that all the great things that were said about this program looked to be true from the very beginning. The process of applying to a new school and transferring transcripts along with other personal information can be grueling and daunting on many levels. Chamberlain College of Nursing made it extremely easy and fool-proof for someone like me. The admissions representative that helped me was extremely personable and answered my many questions and concerns with the utmost patience and knowledge. After experiencing great customer service through the ease of contact by phone or email and very quick response times, I made the decision to finish up the current course I was enrolled in at a different college and make the switch to Chamberlain. My course ended in the middle of May 2013 and within a week, I had applied, was accepted, and enrolled in courses at Chamberlain to start in the beginning of June 2013. My transition from one institution to another was very smooth and stress free. One of the main reasons why I loved this program was that it fit around my personal and professional life and not the other way around. All courses were 100% online and were offered every 8 weeks throughout the year. I was given the opportunity to progress throughout the program on a full-time or part-time basis, had adequate guidance with registration of courses, and felt extremely prepared once a new course started. The financial aid representative was extremely pleasant to work as well as she helped me understand how financial aid works and assisted me with applying my school loans to my tuition each semester, which I had never done on my own before. Each course layout was user friendly and course readings and assignments were divided by week. Each course had their own specific designated deadlines that required student to post or submit work by and these guidelines helped me stay on top of my coursework throughout the program. The course instructors were involved in discussion threads, offered great feedback on assignments, and responded quickly and efficiently within 24 hours of any question or concern that I had. Objectives for each course were clearly defined and rubrics were made available for written assignment so I knew what was required for a desired grade. I started this program June 2013 and completed my degree October 2014 while continuing to work full time, go on vacation, and spend time with friends and family. Overall, I cant recommend or say enough great things about this school and the excellent education that I received during my time there. They made the transition and experience for me, as a returning non-traditional student, so warm, welcoming, and memorable.
Good luck on getting into Chamberlain. I completed my application, HESI test and had my transcripts from other schools sent over. After completing all these things, I received a call from the admissions advisor stating that I did not put all my colleges on my application, so I would need to have those transcripts sent over. One of the colleges I started, but drop the classes before I was able to get a fraction of a transcript. The college closed permanently and I was unable to get any documentation from them. Keep in mind this was seventeen years ago. I explained this and all I was got was Thank you, sorry to hear that. So if you have any school you went to even if it was for 1 day, put that on your app and hipefully the school isn't closed. I had to go back in time to remember that minute in my life. Good luck
I love Chamberlain. I've been attending since May 2015, and I will finish in May 2018 because I had to do all of my prerequisites here. All in all, every school has issues, but Chamberlain offers a great program. The downside is if you fail, your graduation date is immediately pushed back. You only have 2 fails (test average for a course of less than 76%) and two withdrawals before being dropped from the program. I've had a couple of professors who were just generally not the best, but that's with any program. All in all, I am having a great learning experience. It's a bit pricey, but for me, this was the best option so that I could start my prereqs and be done with my BSN in 3 years. Otherwise, it would have taken me additional years.
If I knew what I know now I wouldn't go to chamberlain college of nursing Houston campus. The program at Houston campus constantly changes with testing. Students are making it as far as capstone courses and being kicked out the program with nothing to show for it. This is a for profit institution and all it's really doing is bleeding people out of there money through financial aid and out of pocket expenses. Students are too focused on trying to pass a class when we should be focused on just getting a foundation and prepare for NCLEX. I think people/students get this idea that chamberlain is the type of vocational school, like ITT tech, or UTI and just like those schools you pay and your guaranteed to graduate. Like those schools they get you to the finish line. Because that's what your paying for. That's what "for profit" school system is suppose to do! Chamberlain doesn't operate that way. My suggestion is go somewhere ALOT cheaper for the same degree or even less amount of time and get your BSN. Lots of the students think, even myself believe it would be almost as quick just getting an LVN in a year, work and gain experience, go back to school somewhere for 9 months or less and get your BSN and the hospital may even pay for most at least half of it. And you'll you end up spending way less then coming to chamberlain. On the positive side some of the teachers actually understand the issues at chamberlain and really go out there way to help students. And it seems that the teachers are bound to whatever it is the chamberlain mandates. Another issue some of the better teachers are or have left the school. I whole heartedly regret coming to this school and currently looking for ways to get out of this school. And that's another thing. The school won't let you transfer to another chamberlain school that's better! Like who does that! The fact that, that's even aloud is ludicrous. The school is also on probation. My suggestion is just really do your homework. Consider all options, even the least popular route of going LVN/LPN.
Finally done! Chamberlain is expensive for sure... but if you are working full time., family bread winner which was my case I would have never finished if I had to go to a brick and mortar class. They will not baby you... either do the work on your own or don't bother. Some classes are tougher than others and the instructors get tougher on you as time goes by. I have talked to brick and mortar students and I don't see any difference except you have to look for parking. I have maybe wait on the phone to solve a problem because I did have issues at times but it was always resolved once I found the right person to talk to.
Excellent program with very knowledgeable, well educated instructors. Problem-based approach of teaching, drawing upon personal experiences. Evidenced-based practice was strongly impressed upon. I felt very motivated to learn and am now in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program through Chamberlain College. I have worked full-time during this process, and while it is difficult at times, I have be able to be successful. I would highly recommend this program to any nurse who is interested in furthering their degree. It won't always be easy, but it WILL always be worth it!
Chamberlain College of Nursing allowed be to work full time while earning my BSN. The course work was not overwhelming, professors easily accessible and the best it was ALL online. I never had to travel for school and I could use my mobile devices and so home work while traveling.
I can really appreciate the classes available. When I was in pursuit of my degree the staff allowed me to use my time, classes, and finances wisely. Because my hospital is pursuing a platinum status I am already ahead of the curve. Lastly, because I have acquired my BSN it has allowed for me pursue management and leadership which directly correlates with the type of education that was given from Chamberlain.
The program is very expensive. The curriculums are poorly coordinated. Prerequisite classes had nothing to do with required classes. Never had the same advisor. No one would listen to an A student with suggestions. Do not waste your time or money on this program.