Top Online Nursing Programs at Chamberlain College of Nursing

by Ann Steele Community Director, NurseJournal.org   

[block]0[/block]Chamberlain College of Nursing is a very popular nursing school. It is for-profit, which means tuition tends to be above the national average. However, the quality of education is also higher. The school offers nursing programs at Associate, Bachelor, Master and Doctorate levels and they have 14 campuses across the country. Most interesting of all, however, are the online programs they offer. This is done because the school wants to be at the forefront of modern technology, while retaining the quality they are famous for.

Brief History

The school was first established in 1889 in St. Louis, Missouri. It was then known as the Deaconess School of Nursing. They followed on the German, 19th century tradition established by Theodor Fliedner of Kaiserwerth, who started the Deaconess in 1836. Deaconess means devotion to service, and it is the female form. When established, it was associated with the United Church of Christ’s Deaconess Hospital. This mean that only women were able to apply for the program. In the 1980s, it became the Deaconess College of Nursing. It was purchased by DeVry, Inc. in 2005, who renamed it to its current name in September 2006.

Since then, it has gone from a diploma school to a college of nursing. In terms of online programs, they have an RN to BSN option, the MSN option and the DNP program. They also offer the ADN option, but this is not available online. Let’s explore these in greater detail.

BSN Programs

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at Chamberlain College of Nursing exists in three options. The first is the full BSN, which is not available online. The second is the online RN to BSN program and, finally, there is the online RN-BSN to MSN option.

RN to BSN program in particularThe takes as little as three semesters to complete. The learning experience is 100% online and fully flexible, meaning students can complete it in a way that is convenient to them. Tuition is $590 per credit hour, but it is important to understand there are various other associated costs.

The RN-BSN to MSN option is designed for those who want to study on towards a Master’s Degree but do not currently hold a BSN, or who hold one but in a non-nursing field. It is one of the most cost-effective ways of obtaining an MSN, as it offers the training in an accelerated way.

All BSN options are CCNE accredited, which means they are valid nationally and even internationally. Furthermore, the school itself is HLC accredited as well. Again, this demonstrates the validity of the degrees.

MSN Programs

The Master of Science in Nursing programs at Chamberlain College of Nursing are becoming increasingly popular. The degree is available online and can be completed in as little as two years. Furthermore, they have a number of different scholarships available, which can help cover the cost of the $650 per credit hour tuition. No GRE is required to take part in the CCNE accredited program. When studying towards the MSN degree, students will need to choose one of five areas of specialization:

  1. Nurse Executive
  2. Nurse Educator
  3. Family Nurse Practitioner
  4. Health Care Policy
  5. Informatics

Doctorate Programs

Finally, Chamberlain College of Nursing offers fully online doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) programs. These programs are designed to help students research and find new knowledge and translate this into practice. Furthermore, they will be at the forefront of improving patient outcomes. Someone who holds a DNP will also be able to identify new system efficiencies and help to implement these. Finally, they will work in senior leadership positions in a variety of healthcare establishments. The course is 100% online and can be completed in as little as five semesters. Tuition currently stands at $750 per credit hour. The degree includes a four part practicum, which can be personalized to the needs of the student. All students will also receive personalized advice for the duration of their course and any practicum that has to be completed will be arranged in a geographical location convenient for the student. There are two tracks available for the students:

  1. Healthcare systems leadership
  2. Advanced practice leadership

The degree is accredited by the AACN, which focuses solely on post-graduate programs.

As you can see, Chamberlain College of Nursing is focused on delivering some of the best nurses in the field. They do this by offering comprehensive programs that are available fully online. Any work that have to be done as a practicum is arranged in a way that is convenient for the student rather than the school, which is one of the many reasons why this school is so popular.



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