Chamberlain University Reviews
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Horrible, horrible, horrible! This particular campus in North Brunswick, New Jersey was easily the work school I have ever attended. They are so disorganized, every other month they were implementing new rules, new teaching styles, new software to do your homework on and take exams on, and new staff (professors & advisers) there was never a sense of security/stability. Sometimes the students knew more than the professors about the school's software because the constant change was so confusing. This school is way too expensive to be as "all over the place" as it is. I should have known this school would be a mess because their campus just opened three years ago. They sure know how to reel you in, but dont fall for it.
I attended the Chamberlain University's College of Nursing at the Pearland, TX campus. It was definitely an amazing experience for nursing school! I came in with my basic classes done, so I only had to go through their nursing classes and that took about 2 years to complete. The professors were a mixed bag as with any other University. Some were really good and knew how to present the material well-enough for you to really learn it, while others relied on you to do most of the work. I'll admit that some professors left something to be desired, but the one common thing among all of them was that they really did care about your success. They check in with you when they see you in the hallway (there's one large central hallway and one set of bathrooms) and it's nice to see that they care about how you're doing even when done with their classes. It's a fast-paced program, and it's pricy, so it's not for everyone. I've had a handful of classmates that weren't able to continue due to financial shortcomings or because they were not able to keep up with the material. So, this program is not for you if you don't do well with pressure or are not willing to make some accommodations in your personal life to add more time for studying. I've known many student types that were successful (single, married, divorced, single parent-household, lots of kids, full-time job, part-time job, no job, etc.) and also those same types that were unsuccessful. It really just was up to the individual about how much they wanted to make it. Pretty much everyone tells you to not work during school, but I did and made decent grades. (I just minimized vacation travels and cut down on friend time). Clinicals are done at a lot of the hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, so that is a huge plus! Just like with anywhere else, the clinical experience is what you make it, so some people complained that they didn't get to do anything, but they won't tell you that they couldn't answer simple questions that the nurse would ask before allowing them to do a skill or assess a patient. As long as you hold on to what you learn in class, you should be fine. And if a nurse is having a bad day and not wanting a student, be assertive and thank them for the opportunity and find the charge nurse to ask to be placed with another nurse! It makes your experience so much better and I have been offered a job a a couple hospitals by being assertive and proactive with my clinical! From the cohorts that graduated in front of me, they have been saying that they are running circles around students from other local nursing schools and that their units love Chamberlain grads! A lot of students have been complaining about the transition to ATI as the teaching mode, and I can agree with their complaints. The change has been a bit choppy and has been causing a lot of stress to both the professors and the students. However, just like any change that happens while a school is open, it's bound to cause some bumps along the way, and the administration really listens and works to help make things better. The improvements take a long time to happen, but what doesn't? Overall, although the program is tough and can be discouraging at times, it really does pay off in the end. I would recommend this school 100% to people that are willing to make some temporary life changes to achieve their goal of getting a BSN, RN. It will be expensive, it will be very discouraging at times, and you might want to quit a few times, (pretty much describing any nursing school) but if you push through, it'll be great.
Rules were constantly changing. Student services didn't even know what to tell us as policy continued to change. There have been many deans and interim deans all of which have differing degrees of understanding to a situation or circumstance. If they chose to write you off, you're done. I had to pay an Atty to get a recorded call played and secure my spot back into the program, as I was given incorrect information and management refused to hear me or pull the call until I hired an education Law specialist. I have been hurt financially and mentally from the poor educators. They not only didn't give us what we needed to succeed at chamberlain they treated people awful. Degrading, demoralizing , not to mention zero compassion. I had to fight fight fight for every single grade during my preceptor classes. Only one, Dr T.S., was amazing, high energy, positive attitude and feedback at nearly anytime you needed him. He was far from easy, maybe one of the hardest in terms of weekly expectations, but he saw that we understood and provided quality, useful feedback.
Ok, now for a more objective review, not an emotional rant. Judge Chamberlain on the basis of the individual campus. I live in a city where there are 3 campuses and all 3 are not the same. The graduation rate, NCLEX pass rate, professor satisfaction is not the same with each. The campus I attend is great and many who attend the other 2 eventually transfer to the one I attend. To give a little background on myself, I already have a 2 degrees in another field and 2 diplomas. I have been to 2 major universities and 2 smaller colleges. As far as costs, I think it depends on the individual. Personally I will be spending under 25k and I consider that nothing. Whats expensive for one may not be expensive for another. The advice given on loans is to not borrow more than you would make in a year in your chosen profession so I am well below that. You have to do your research on the campus you want to attend and not judge the entire institution as the same. For example, a McDonalds at one location may have terrible customer service, but the one a mile away is great. Hope this helps and good luck. If you want something, go and get it.
I chose Chamberlain based on its flexibility of classes, and accessibility as I needed to work on my degree while having children. I was able to focus on school and family while obtaining my education,which would not have been feasible at a traditional school. I am grateful for the opportunity to become a FNP. I have worked very hard, and this program has allowed me to be successful at achieving my dream. So I applaud Chamberlain for charting new waters with their innovative learning experiences. If you are looking at this school, I would highly recommend it. Just know that being an excellent FNP is often up to you and how much you care about actually helping others achieve their health goals. Its not all about you and your job. So if you are highly motivated,have strong analytical skills, and care about people, by all means, go to Chamberlain, serve your community, help people heal, and enjoy the journey. If youre just looking to get more money, please dont become a FNP.
Pearland Campus is a joke. First of all they are not organized at all. They are basically playing around with people's money and they honestly don't care. When I first applied to the school they accepted me right away because they needed students because everyone was transferring over to other schools. I joined the school and was so happy ( i thought). I decided to join and get more involved with the school so they elected me as a Senator. I used to promote that school like nobody's business. I used to look up to them and to me I was in a good place in my life. They just wanted you to see the good in them because they wanted your money. Not too mention how expensive that school was. Lord i went through 2 loans, financial aid, and I still had to pay 1500 out of pocket every month. The teacher were the worst of them all. They didnt care whether you passed or failed what so ever. This school is a waste of your time. There are so many school that you can go too. Ignore there stupid adds on the radio and internet. They are trying to pull you into the dark.
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.