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For Chamberlain College of Nursing
Karilyn Van Oosten Joins Chamberlain College of Nursing as Director of Strategic Alliances Van Oosten's expertise in alliance building further integrates Chamberlain's clinical and educational development
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — October 6, 2011 — Chamberlain College of Nursing announces the
appointment of Karilyn Lesassier Van Oosten, MA, as director of strategic alliances. Van Oosten will secure
regional and national alliances with healthcare organizations to further expand the diverse educational
opportunities Chamberlain provides for its students and enhance the level of nurses' education to improve
healthcare outcomes. In this newly created role, she will be responsible for leading the strategic direction of
the healthcare and clinical development teams as well as expanding clinical opportunities.
"Van Oosten's rich history in business development, her experience securing successful educational
alliances and her proven leadership skills will be an asset to Chamberlain," said Susan Groenwald, PhD(c),
MSN, president of Chamberlain College of Nursing. "By integrating clinical and educational outreach,
Chamberlain will be creating alliances to collaboratively transform healthcare worldwide."
Van Oosten has more than 10 years of experience developing business alliances for nursing education
institutions, most recently leading efforts at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix as senior director of
enrollment and director of strategic business alliances in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Prior
to joining Grand Canyon University, she spent three years at University of Phoenix in business development
and several years at ING Financial Services as an emerging markets manager.
Throughout her career, Van Oosten has instituted more than 85 healthcare and 20 educational alliances
nationwide. In addition, she helped establish the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at Grand
Canyon University with the Hospital Association of Southern Arizona in Tucson and Presbyterian Hospital in
"As healthcare institutions are seeking more collaborative relationships with nursing schools that offer both
clinical and educational opportunities, I am confident that Chamberlain can meet their needs," said Van
Oosten. "I look forward to building on Chamberlain's deep tradition of providing quality education and hope
to secure more alliances in the coming years."
Van Oosten earned a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Belmont Abby College in Belmont,
N.C., and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. She earned a
Master of Arts in language and culture from Arizona State University in Tempe and is currently a candidate
for a Doctorate of Psychology in applied cognitive neuroscience at Universidad Maimónides in Buenos
Van Oosten is an active board member of several organizations, including the Arizona Organization Project,
Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council and Fresh Start Women's Foundation.
For more information about Chamberlain College of Nursing, visit chamberlain.edu.
~ ~ ~ About Chamberlain College of Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in nursing. Chamberlain is
currently located in Phoenix, Arizona; Jacksonville and Miramar, Florida; Addison and Chicago, Illinois; St.
Louis, Missouri; Columbus, Ohio; Houston, Texas; and Arlington, Virginia.
Chamberlain College of Nursing is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member
of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, ncahlc.org. HLC is one of the six regional
agencies that accredit U.S. colleges and universities at the institutional level. The Bachelor of Science in
Nursing degree program at the Addison, Arlington, Chicago, Columbus, Houston, Jacksonville, Phoenix and
St. Louis locations and the Master of Science in Nursing degree program are accredited by the Commission
on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036,
202.887.6791). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at the St. Louis and Columbus
locations and the Associate Degree in Nursing program are accredited by the National League for Nursing
Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs at the Phoenix
and the Addison locations are candidates for accreditation by NLNAC. Candidacy is the first step toward
NLNAC accreditation (NLNAC, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.975.5000).
Accreditation provides assurance to the public and to prospective students that standards of quality have
Chamberlain College of Nursing 2450 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202 is certified to operate by the State
Council of Higher Education for Virginia, 101 N. 14th Street, 10th Floor, James Monroe Building, Richmond,
VA 23219, 804.225.2600. Chamberlain College of Nursing has provisional approval from the Virginia Board
of Nursing, Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico, VA 23233-1463, 804.367.4515.
Program availability varies by location. Chamberlain reserves the right to update information as it becomes
available. Information is current at the time of posting. For the most updated accreditation information, visit chamberlain.edu/accreditation. Comprehensive consumer information is available at chamberlain.edu/studentconsumerinfo.
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