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

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  • Reviewed: 10/31/2022
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Graduated in 2022 and as a previous student in the BSN program, I did pass the AANP. This program is not made for full-time workers or those with busy lives even though they tell you it is when signing up and getting through the application process. The basic rundown of your courses is initial posts or discussions by Wednesday of the week with at least two replies for a total of three different days' posts. then there is the occasional double discussion where you have to post by Tuesday of the week and Thursday of the week with 4 replies on different days. they did add in this clinical program simulator called Ihuman which is practically impossible to pass or get a decent grade on if you aren't allowed to take it more than once because scenarios are based on 1 (clinical expert) opinion and what they would do our class got two attempts later classes get 1. The assignments are essentially busy work and at the end of your program, you have to create a pointless capstone project that is all about you explaining how chamberlain helped you achieve your goals 3 assignments per class are uploaded into a portfolio, DNP paper, and narrative that's about 23 pages long of repeating yourself. Throughout your initial classes and application process you are told this is a program for working nurses etc. however later in the program they suggest (vehemently) you cut down or stop working. In an 8-week course of clinical you need a minimum of 16 ish hours a week, however, your end courses push for you to have them done by week 7 or the last day of clinical mid-week of week 8 and hours are patient contact hours, not clinical hours you are expected to find a preceptor that has an empanelment of at least 20 patients a day to meet this requirement in later courses. there is absolutely no support for the clinical placement you will get back emails stating they prefer you to do it on your own (for success). leaving many students to pay for clinical sites which cost roughly $12-15 an hour, for perspective on the low end you'll pay $1500 plus administration fees to a company totaling about 2k per clinical rotation additional cost added to your already expensive education. There is exam prep for national certification they give you access to APEA which is an alright program you don't get full access to it until the capstone class in which you are required to watch videos weekly, work on your capstone, participate in class discussions, and then attend a live review course in Illinois from the APEA people (flights and room at additional cost). *****************IF YOU MADE IT THIS FAR********* Stressful yes but that is typical of any FNP program however there are more cost-effective schools. Once you hit the physical assessment class I suggest you subscribe to a test prep program there are many to choose from. I took two months from graduation to test and passed certification however quite a few from my graduating class tried to take it immediately and did not pass I can't speak for their preparation techniques or study habits but will tell you the actual learning didn't begin until I started using the preparatory work. you will spend a lot of time regurgitating reading material and (clinical practice guidelines) in the program. If you still decided to go with chamberlain good luck you can do it although busy and hard I was able to graduate with a respectable GPA."
  • Reviewed: 10/20/2022
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Don't attend this school! It is true they charge an enormous amount of fees, the professors are not supportive, there grading is not consistent either. I had to find my own preceptors and had preceptors cancel on me during the clinical rotation. With all the stress you would think there would have been resources available but it was not. Long story short. I completed the program, did ALL clinical hours, passed the EXIT exam and ended with a gpa of 2.96. I even sent them the police report showing that while in school, I was dealing with leaving a domestic violent relationship and moving around because of that. I was denied my degree. They told me that because I didn't have a 3.0 no degree. The same class in which I received a C in at Chamberlain, I took that class at Walden University and received an A. Different program, a different explanation of terms, etc. Chamberlain doesn't care about the working nurses trying to pursue higher learning. They don't care about you as a person. They just want the stats and the money. Don't do it! Graduated from Walden University. Felt supported from day one and they took most of my classes as transfer credit and clinicals too completely different."
Jasmine Higa
  • Reviewed: 3/16/2022
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"My name is Jasmine. I am a mom of 3 boys, and a full time registered nurse. Chamberlains MSN to NP track is amazing. I am able to work, and spend time with my family while getting my degree. I am so excited to become an NP. Chamberlain is very flexible with my hectic life. It really is the ideal university for anyone to further their education."
John Romeo
  • Reviewed: 3/11/2022
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"I am in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. It is on-line and works with my busy busy life. I am a father of 3, married, have a full-time, salaried job and am taking an outside leadership course currently as well. Admissions was simple and they assisted me through the process. We discussed work-life balance and all the challenges I can expect. It is terrific program and I look forward to completing my Master's in Nursing and getting my certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2024. Chamberlain has a terrific program and I highly recommend it to busy adult learners."
Emily C
  • Reviewed: 3/10/2022
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"I was hesitant to join an online program because in the past I have felt abandoned during online classes. I am glad I decided to give Chamberlain a chance. You do have to be self-motivated to dedicate time to reading, assignments etc. but the workload is very reasonable. I work full time as a nurse and I am in the FNP program and I could not be happier. The professors are very clear on their expectations. They lay out the entire class for you to see what is coming up next so nothing is a surprise which is great. The librarians are phenomenal and incredibly helpful. This session I am also in a Peer tutoring course which gives me the opportunity to log in live with a peer tutor to ask questions and get clarifications. The best part is, they understand we all work and have lives so everything is recorded to be viewed later in case we cannot make the live session. I have not started clinicals and I know we have to find our own which might be a bit intimidating but I am honestly not too worried. If you are thinking about it, just do it. It is worth it."
  • Reviewed: 1/27/2022
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Chamberlain definitely came through on allowing me to work and earn my degree. I completed the program with the skills necessary to start as a NP. I always found student services accessible and helpful. Fortunately I was able to Secure my preceptors without assist except for pediatrics, Chamberlain did not help to match with a pediatrics preceptor so I had to use a preceptor service that is quite costly. Other than that I was satisfied with the program Even with the pandemic and its affecting EVERYTHING"
Do not attend
  • Reviewed: 1/4/2022
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Stay far away, and find a different program. They are impossible to get on the phone to register class with, and will in no way shape or form assist with clinical placement. I work full time and attend school, they advertise as helping find placement but that does not happen. I paid an outside company 1,800 to help me find placement because the school does not help. After finding placement the school has yet to approve the site and will not let me register for class in the meantime. I will now be losing out on 1,800 dollars and be delayed a semester. Do not go here."
Andrea Constance Douglas
  • Reviewed: 11/10/2021
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Chamberlain University strives to deliver extraordinary nurses, at the bachelor, master's, and DNP levels. I graduated with my BSN in 2018 and returned in 2019 for my master's and it is one of the best decisions that I have ever made. The faculty is well educated and knowledgeable in their field of practice and they truly want each and every student to achieve their goals. Each facility member has been where I am today and their knowledge and experience shows, as I am a product of that knowledge and experience. I took my ANCC today and was successful on my first attempt, and I appreciate everyone that contribute to my success. Thanks, Chamberlian University, it was well worth it."
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"