Chamberlain University Reviews of Master's in Nurse Practitioner (Family)

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Patience Faith Karsten
  • Reviewed: 6/24/2021
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Before starting Chamberlain University, I did my research. I did not want to just have a degree, I wanted to be the nurse and FNP who knows what she was dong with an exception. During my research, I saw that Chamberlain had this "Head-To-Toe" assessment class in their curriculum. I decided on the RN-MSN program. During my BSN program we had to memorize the assessment, record, and submit for grading. Now, I am in the FNP program and in NR509 Advanced Physical Assessment course, same thing happened. Meanwhile, after the BSN part of my program Chamberlain organized a virtual career fair and I got hired by a hospital in Michigan. As a new hire, I had to go through training. I had to give my first report to 2 oncoming nurses. I started by asking the first nurse if we could give a bedside report and she agreed. I gave my report on 3 of my patients. When I asked the other nurse if I could give her a report by patient bedside she was a little hesitant. The first nurse told her, "You want to receive a bedside report from Patience. She gives a good report. She gave from Head-To-Toe assessment and system report. You will love her report." I was amazed! I did not know that I had actually done the "Head-To-Toe assessment," unknowingly and unconsciously. I have my assessments not only memorized for passing my grades and having a degree only but in my unconscious mind (so to speak) with the right attitude to use it in my future practice. I have had amazing professors especially Dr. Nancy Baltz who facilitated this success. Her feedbacks were a teaching moments and did not criticize. Her quick responses and guidance helped in every step of the way. She prepared us ahead of time for the next week's assignment and debriefing, sent reminders and they were detailed and understandable. She is very diligent because she is so passionate for your students' success. I am very happy I chose Chamberlain University."
Don't do it
  • Reviewed: 6/9/2021
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Just don't do it. I completed both my RN-BSN with the school then my FNP. This was in 2020 and my clinicals were impacted by COVID, while they did allow us to put them on hold, they did not then or ever help us find preceptors. That part was such a massive lie, it really affected many of my classmates, some of whom just finished a year later because of this. So first of all, if you cannot find a solid preceptor (and back up preceptor because stuff does happen/my preceptor quit mid-term) ... pick a different school. Secondly, no instructor time is real time, all the instruction if there is any was pre-recorded years ago and was not useful. So, unlike some online programs, you never hear your actual instructor's voice even because you never meet them/they do not actually instruct, they just grade. This leaves you to learn everything about being a family NP from books. What I missed was being with an instructor and listening to them say "when I was working at such a such job this is how I dealt with this particular situation." You get no nuance, just book answers, which as nurses we all know is far too basic and not centered with reality. I feel robbed of an actual education, especially for the money I paid. They do good exam prep at the end, however the capstone project is actually just a massive culmination of papers you wrote ... and objectives you just write over and over how you proved you met. I would have far preferred to be treated like a respected MSN student and done a project in the community or written a dissertation. It was a joke. I want to be proud of the work I put out. Lastly, something I will never, ever forgive them for is the 10 minute graduation we had. Sure it was COVID, sure it had to be planned, but they knew in March (Graduated late June) that we wouldn't be in person for graduation. We had the dean and then someone else talk, all each on pre recorded zooms for 2 minutes each. I had my family outside with me, balloons everywhere, we all got ready for a big send off and ... then it was over in 10 minutes. No commencement speaker. Nothing. The dean doesn't care at all about us. It was truly the most embarrassing moment of my academic career. Don't go, it's just not worth the money."
Bitter student
  • Reviewed: 4/28/2021
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"This used to be a good university, that cared about the students. Not anymore. The dean will blow you off. If you are smart, they don’t like it. The nurse practitioner instructors purposely humiliate you. They are also obsessed with cheating. I am not sure who did what in the past, but they ruined it for the rest of us. You will not get any feedback from the exams, so no learning there. If one doesn’t like you, none of them like you. My lawyer said “that’s what you get if you go to a nut school”. Oh well."
Yaa P.D.
  • Reviewed: 12/8/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"From the admission process to starting in the FNP program at Chamberlain University this past July of 2020, I have felt so supported by the faculty and that was very important to me prior to applying to the school. I have been out of school working as a Registered BSN Nurse for 16 years and it was hard for me to come back to school while raising my 4 kids but the transition has been so positive and I encourage and recommend this school and the FNP Program to anyone who is afraid of online grad programs just like I was. The curriculum at Chamberlain is straightforward to follow and the professors have all been so phenomenal and very accessible to me. Online education requires independent work but the assignments and faculty are always available to help students and I truly appreciate that especially as this is my first online program. I am beyond happy with my choice to attend Chamberlain and I encourage anyone reading this review to take a chance in the right direction in choosing their graduate program and choose Chamberlain. I am glad I did and I can't wait to become a future FNP one day. Don't wait!!! Chamberlain is awesome!"
Marie Jose Antoine
  • Reviewed: 11/27/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"I am proud to be a Chamberlain University Grad because Chamberlain is genuinely an excellent school. From the time you make your first call to learn more about the MSN-FNP program, the academic and financial advisors' approach that helps me navigate throughout the program has just been very remarkable. Chamberlains' reputation and schedule are one of the best in the nation. I honestly believe that chamberlain is a school that anybody should consider when joining the MSN or DNP programs."
Andrea Douglas
  • Reviewed: 11/23/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"The msn program is very doable. Chamberlain university makes it very compatible with other online university and chamberlain university is in 1st place. The FNP specialty track is great and if I can do it working full time then anyone can do it. You get out what you put in. The program is challenging as it should be but you have phenomenal facility that is there for you every step of the way. Go chamberlain university."
Jessica Kilty
  • Reviewed: 10/16/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Chamberlain has been a great experience. They have great communication and have been really helpful with scheduling. My student advisor reaches out to “just check in” and makes me feel well supported in my studies. Even as a completely online platform, there has not been any sort of disconnect. I would recommend Chamberlain to family and friends."
  • Reviewed: 4/21/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"When I started the MSN program it was manageable and instructors were fine. When my actual FNP program started, tge classes are not even close to being manageable. Not to mention each class differs depending on instructor. The classes are set for failure and guess what you are stuck unable to transfer, unable to even claim a MSN degree until you graduate as an NP - good luck! They expect the students to find own clinical sites. Then the work load and communication is so poor you are set up to fail. If you fail their class and not your clinical site. Oh well , good luck finding another clinical site to set up on your own again! Frustrating when you’ve worked so hard, failed your family, have tremendous debt , and now wish you would have attended a local college. All this time work and money and I have nothing else to show for it! Chamberlain is all talk and all about grabbing the money. I am very disappointed to say the least! If you are reading this, please turn away . I warned you. You will be set for failure in your last classes and also be very stressed and unhappy."
  • Reviewed: 2/25/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"I am about to start my last session for the FNP program at Chamberlain. I chose this program based on recommendations of coworkers who were enrolled in the program. The pro for Chamberlain University is that the online learning environment is flexible. A con for Chamberlain University is the practicum coordination is not organized well. The practicum coordination team reported to me that they are so far behind they will not complete the final review of the applications until just prior to the session (regardless of when it was submitted). This leaves little time to find alternative placement if needed. It has become extremely difficult to find preceptors willing to take NP students in my area (the midwest). This makes submitting multiple preceptors for one session unrealistic. Chamberlain does not assist with clinical placement. The entire process of finding your own preceptor, obtaining their required credentials and awaiting approval was extremely stressful. Another standout issue I had was regarding testing. The questions that were missed are not identified and no feedback is given other than the overall score. This makes it very difficult to use tests as learning tools to identify areas for improvement. If I would have the opportunity to do this over again, I would do more research prior to choosing Chamberlain."
FNP Alumni
  • Reviewed: 1/22/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Chamberlain is a good school. Pros: Classes are every 8 weeks, the program is doable with a full time job, due dates for assignments are consistent, class sizes are small, well rounded faculty who actually work in the field, students can get significant tuition discount depending on job or military status, Chamberlain is continuously making changes to improve the programs and they take student feedback, has a great online support system for students run by current students and for specific cohorts, helps students who are unable to find a preceptor match with a preceptor within 100 miles of the student. Students are smart, determined, and professional, most working full time and with families. The immersion and Review weekends were fun, made a lot of friends. It was the best part of the program. Cons: high enrollment; many online professors, lack of consistency in grading depending on the professor, tedious/busy work...more so than other FNP prgrams (I know because I did clinicals with students from other NP programs, they had a lot less bust work) varied quality of practicum coordinators. I luckily had a great one who got things done on time, some other students were not so lucky, can delay graduation time, help finding a preceptor can be tedious. Chamberlain requires students make and document a good faith effort to find preceptors, student must document 5 rejections and reasons for rejection, receive coaching for finding a preceptor before Chamberlain will find a preceptor for student. This much be done at least 2 courses before the clinical course or a student may have to sit out a start early, document preceptor rejections, and stay in contact with practicum coordinator. This program is for students who are self directed. No hand holding is done. They give you instructions on what you need to be compliant and rubrics on assignments. To be a successful student in this program you should be a self starter, get things done early or on time and be organized. You can't wait for them to tell you, there are documents/paperwork/clearance forms. If you are not compliant or your practicum contract is not approved you will have to wait and may not be able to enroll in your clinical courses and be delayed. The online groups for current students is a great support system for students. This program was hard but I am satisfied with the education I received. I worked hard and all my friends in the program did as well. Many students passed the boards before we graduated. I"
FNP student
  • Reviewed: 12/18/2019
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"I received my BSN in 2018 in Chamberlain and attended the FNP program right after I graduated. The online BSN program is fantastic. It is perfect for nurses who need to work and go to school at the same time. I will recommend the BSN for other ADNs. Regarding the FNP program, I read many comments about securing the practicum sites. I agreed with them that the school provided little or no help about finding practicum sites. You are on your own. However, I find it is easy to find the community doctors for practicum. The community doctors are private, busy, and understaffs. They are very willing to accept you as a "helper" for their clinics. You are free labor. Why not? In turns of the learning environment, the program itself is not easy. It requires time, commitments, and discipline to succeed. Yes, some professors are easier than others. You just need to work hard and put more effort if you are bad luck and meet those hard professions. Otherwise, you will be fine. The NR 509 (the first practicum course) and the NR 603 are the most challengeable courses in the FNP program. Other courses are fine (not too hard). I am working full-time before practicum and working part-time during practicum. I have one more class to finish. I will still recommend this program to many of the "busy nurses," even the program is expensive compared to other schools. However, we are making more than other majority. It's affordable to "us." Right? The staffs are very nice. I have no issue to communicate with student service and other departments. I am not sure about the pre-licensure RN students. I just provided my honest opinion about BSN (post-license) and FNP program."
  • Reviewed: 11/25/2019
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Chamberlain FNP program is tough and labor intensive but the students get a lot of support form student advisers, faculty, and head of faculty. I reached out to the student advising office after 10% was deducted from my grade for lateness on a discussion I was not late on. After a back and forth communication with my instructor for days without resolve, she told me to ask for a blind review. The student advisor, Ms. Noor assisted me and my points were given back after a review by the head of faculty on my evidences on time stamp on my discussions and my communications with the instructor. It is encouraging to know that you're never alone in the journey. Thank you"
  • Reviewed: 11/17/2019
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Received my BSN here and was very pleased. Felt the higher cost was well worth the overall experience. The MSN has had its ups and downs. The staff is not on the same page- i.e. students services, financial aide etc. In several classes I have felt as though questions irritated the instructor and thus quit asking. There is zero assistance with establishing practicums and the course load is heavy and redundant. It makes one wonder why it needs to be so overtly overwhelming. There are drastic differences among professors and very little information for preceptors. The cost to attend this school is over $225 per credit more compared to some universities! During my BSN year I raved about Chamberlain. Not so much over my MSN and am less likely to encourage anyone to attend for their graduate degree."
Lourdes Rivera
  • Reviewed: 11/14/2019
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"I transferred to Chamberlain from another school. My experience with Chamberlain has been outstanding. The professors are very well educated and experienced as well as very involved (unlike the other school). I am thrilled with the school. My professors respond quickly to my question and some have even worked with me when I was hospitalized. My Practicum Coordinator got my contracts easily. I had to locate my own preceptors but she took care of the rest. I have felt encouragement and support from the staff. I highly recommend this school. Only downer is that I found it more expensive than the other school. I’m paying for better quality."
  • Reviewed: 10/31/2019
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"This school was helpful and supportive, right up until the clinical courses. The school has a massive problem with the culture in the graduate program. First problem: the school does not assist you in finding clinical placement in any way, and provide numerous obstacles to both the student and preceptors. Second: Students that have difficulty with a professor, even outright unprofessional professor behavior and retaliation, are not permitted to change instructors. Third: Faculty managers immediately dismiss any student grievance without any solution or recourse, instead attributing all professor actions as the student's fault. Students have had recorded phone calls with managers during which the students were directly insulted. Fourth: Habitual problem professors are not corrected or removed, encouraging more and escalating bad behavior. Finally: Students that withdraw from classes, even on the first day, are still charged all fees and percentage of tuition; which you then will have to pay again to retake the course, so the school actually profits from abusing students."
  • Reviewed: 9/18/2019
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"I had no issues with Chamberlain up until the practicum experiences began. I have already sat out one semester of the FNP program due to lack of clinical placements in my area and I am about to sit out another. I have been searching for Practicums in 3 states which are all hours away. The practicum coordinators attempt to help but after calling each place they suggested all I got told was no we are not accepting students. I reached out for help following this but was not assisted much. The program does tell you to locate your own clinical sites but does not tell you how difficult it will be. Chamberlain has a very poor reputation leading to sites not wanting to commit to their students. DO NOT GO HERE. I wish I listened to the poor reviews I read as I am now in debt a very large amount of money and no guarantee of completing my degree."
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2019
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Not sure what all the complaints about Chamberlain are about- it's an online graduate level program. I expected a large amount of course work coupled with self study and tests, thats pretty much what it is. I think people are expecting an easy experience from an online program, which it is not. Any online program is what you make of it. If you study what they tell you to study, you should do well, but if you slack, fall behind, and neglect your studies, you won't. Don't be discouraged by the amount of course work required, because it is a masters degree, after completion of which, you will be prescribing and treating patients, in some states, without the supervision of a doctor. I am satisfied with the program, as it is challenging, invigorating, and I am learning more in this program on my own than I would have with a traditional brick and mortar school, for nearly a third of the price. Course assignments are due at a certain time, and you complete them at your leisure, day or night. It works well for those who require flexibility (nearly all RNs, am I right?)."
  • Reviewed: 4/30/2019
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"I am currently in the family nurse practitioner (FNP) track at Chamberlain and have enjoyed the program so far. I got my BSN in 2013 from a 4 year university (in WI) and got a lot out of that program, but for my masters, I wanted to take classes online so I could work while going to school. Chamberlain has allowed me to do that and I have had nothing but good experiences so far (and have been in the program for over a year now). I specifically wanted to recommend Dr. G, as a professor, for the NR509 Advanced Physical Assessment class to anyone pursuing the FNP program at Chamberlain. He was not only very knowledgeable, but also approachable and engaging. After finishing case studies every week, we would call in the next week to discuss the case studies and how we managed our patients in those studies (we would discuss as a class, in something called "debriefings" where we video conferenced in). After speaking with other students (from different classes) about the debriefings, many other professors would simply just read the information off from the case study websites and not add any of their own input into the debriefings. Other professors also would not call on students and challenge their thought processes, and did not discuss what "red flags" students should be aware of in future practice. Many people may read this and think they do not want to be called on; however, I found it to be much more engaging- and Dr. G was always so thoughtful in his responses and very approachable! Dr. G held my attention throughout the debriefings, and I found myself speaking with classmates about what I learned (because I found it to be so interesting) and I actually wanted the debriefings to be longer (and that really is saying something coming from me!). As much as I love the independence of this program and not having to physically go to class, the debriefings were so refreshing and I think I learned the most in this class so far. The tips and tricks Dr. G impressed upon us will stay with me for the rest of my career and I really think he is a great professor. I also think it was a disservice for other students to not have a professor as engaging as Dr. G was, as he really made us think critically throughout these case studies. We are going to be future providers, and understanding "red flags" and remembering critical things to look out for are essential to us being effective, safe, competent providers. So I cannot say enough great things about him as a professor. I highly recommend him for this class!"
  • Reviewed: 4/16/2019
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"This school is worthless; they're no help. Most of the instructors are very evil and ruthless. Save your money and run to a different school if you can. Chamberlain is not set for work adult student. I had no problem with the financial department, but student service was very conflicting"
Ashley Sudduth, MSN FNP
  • Reviewed: 3/25/2019
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Chamberlain University was able to set me up for success with the ADN to MSN program. Every department from admissions to the instructors have been nothing short of fabulous. I felt that I was well prepared to care for my patient population. I loved the Chamberlain experience so much that I am currently attending the DNP program and anticipate to graduate December 2019."