The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program is a six-semester, year-round program and is only available at Chamberlain College of Nursing’s Columbus, Ohio campus. The ADN program prepares students with the skills and knowledge needed to assume the role of a registered nurse. Graduates of the program will have a solid foundation to build on for continued learning and career advancement.
The pre-licensure Associate Degree in Nursing program is a six-semester, year-round program. The ﬁrst year is designed for students with no prior nursing education and includes the fundamentals of nursing, beginning patient-care experiences and liberal arts and science courses. The second year includes additional liberal arts and science courses and courses pertaining to nursing care with specialized populations.
ADN students have the option of on-site or online learning for instruction in both nursing and liberal arts and sciences courses.
Online courses are structured with weekly assignments and regular testing, and include virtual labs live interactive chat sessions with students and faculty. While the coursework can be completed online, the clinical requirements must be fulfilled at the Columbus, Ohio campus.
Students in the on-site option meet in a traditional classroom setting and participate in group clinical learning experiences.
Prospective students must complete an application and interview with a Chamberlain admission representative. When all admission requirements are fulfilled, applicants are notified in writing of their admission status to a specific Chamberlain program and location. Registration and orientation schedules are arranged by each location or online program.
ADN Admission Requirements:
For more detailed admission information, please see the Chamberlain Undergraduate Catalog (PDF) or speak with an admission representative at 888-556-8226.
The Clinical Experience | Clinical FAQ
Hands-on experience in both the Chamberlain SIMCare Center™ and the on-site clinical setting allow nursing students to work side-by-side with faculty, mentors, peers, and experienced professional nurses as they refine their direct patient-care nursing skills. These skills include technical proficiency, as well as those determined by the National Student Nurses’ Association as necessary for practicing professional nursing. These skills require an eagerness to learn, determination, confidence, acceptance, caring, and “unbiased compassion for all” (NSNA, 2008).
Students who actively assume responsibility for their own clinical learning get much more out of clinical rotations than those who just passively observe. Accepting accountability for their academic and practical responsibilities, good mental and physical health, stamina and endurance, and the development of a sense of humor are all keys to success throughout your clinical rotations. In a clinical setting, patient census and care needs constantly change. Students must maintain a flexible attitude as clinical assignments change in order to maximize their learning experience. This is good practice for the role of a professional nurse.
What are the Competencies and Functional Abilities?
Chamberlain College of Nursing recognizes that nursing is an intellectually, mentally, and physically demanding profession. Students seeking admission should be aware that all graduates are expected to assimilate basic competencies and abilities throughout their education with or without reasonable accommodation.
When do I participate in clinicals?
Regardless of whether a student is enrolled in the associate- or bachelor-level nursing program, all students begin their hands-on learning in high technology SIMCare™ Centers located on each campus. Once fundamental skills have been mastered and validated, students begin on-site, direct patient-care learning opportunities, or “clinicals”. Generally, clinicals last for the duration of the clinical course. Clinical shifts average six to eight hours, one to two days per week. Most clinicals are scheduled during the week. However, second shift and weekends may be possible. The associate degree program has a total of eight clinical courses. The bachelor degree program has a total of nine. Initial clinical courses provide students their first opportunities to interact directly with professional nurses, their patients and patient families, providing immediate reinforcement of assessment and other skills learned in the lab.
From there, nursing students in both degree programs will develop a mastery of medical/surgical nursing concepts and skills and experience two levels of adult health, with focuses on health promotion and the management of conditions that require acute and chronic care. All students experience both observational and hands-on learning in mental health, maternal-child also called “obstetrics”, and pediatric nursing.
The final associate degree program clinical rotations relate to multi-system alterations in adult patients, including complex interactions among various body systems and their implications for nursing care. There is also an advanced medical/surgical opportunity that explores acute and chronic complications, as well as patient and family discharge education. These experiences could occur in intensive-care units, acute-care units, and/or emergency departments/rooms.
Bachelor degree students experience two unique clinical-based courses: community health and collaborative healthcare, sometimes referred to as management or leadership. Community health clinical experiences occur within a community, where students, assigned to a mentor or preceptor, experience one-to-one or very small group settings in which health promotion or community-based healthcare is delivered. The collaborative healthcare clinical experience promotes critical thinking, patient care planning, delegation, relationships building, and confidence. This clinical usually takes place in an acute-care setting with an assigned mentor or preceptor.
Professional and proficient nursing doesn’t just occur in hospitals and neither should a nursing student’s clinical experiences. Chamberlain College of Nursing students may have opportunities to experience practice settings that include large and small hospitals, long-term care facilities, community and public-health agencies, faith-based service organizations, independent practices, ambulatory care centers, public health agencies, military services (Army, Navy, and Air Force), Veteran’s Administration Medical Centers, schools, home health environments… anywhere healthcare is delivered. Students also may participate in service-based learning in other countries via international nursing service project opportunities.
Tuition & Fees | Financial Aid
The total cost for the ADN degree program is $56,261. The total cost for the LPN to RN bridge option is $47,781. For more detailed information, download the Tuition, Fees & Expenses Cost Calculations (PDF).
Effective July 2013, the total cost for the ADN degree program is $55,961. For more detailed information, download the Tuition and Fees Grid Effective July 2013 (PDF).
At Chamberlain, we’ll do everything we can to help you earn your nursing degree and focus on your career.
That includes helping you identify all your financing options, as well as helping you apply for and get the financial assistance you need. More than 85% of Chamberlain students receive some form of financial aid. Financial aid is available in the form of federal and private loans, scholarships, grants and work-study to those who qualify.
Financial Aid Resources
Thank you for your interest in pursuing your nursing education at Chamberlain College of Nursing. For your convenience, Chamberlain College of Nursing offers three methods for submitting an application for admission. Please be sure to review the Instructions for Application prior to beginning your application process.
For your convenience, Chamberlain College of Nursing offers an online application for admission.
Call us toll free at 888.556.8CCN (8226) and apply over the phone. The Chamberlain admissions team will assist you in filing your application. We'll even request your transcripts for you.
Download our Application Form and complete on your own time. You can either mail in your application or send it to us by fax.
On-Time Completion Rate
91% of students who completed this program between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 graduated on-time (within the published length of the program).
Median Loan Debt
Graduates of this program between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 had a median loan debt and are obligated to repay:
$31,098 in federal student loan debt
$0 in private loan debt
$0 in institutional financing plan debt
Note: There were 117 graduates from this program during this reporting period.
Program Cost Information
The total cost for the ADN degree program is $56,261. The total cost for the LPN to RN bridge option is $47,781. For more detailed information, download the Tuition, Fees & Expenses Cost Calculations (PDF). Program Cost Information - Effective July 2013
The total cost for the ADN degree program is $55,961. The total cost for the LPN to RN bridge option is $48,031. For more detailed information, download the Tuition and Fees Grid Effective July 2013 (PDF).
Program Occupation Information
The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code assigned to the ADN degree program and the LPN to RN bridge option is 51.3801: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse. Associated Standard Occupational codes related to this CIP code, and detailed information about the occupations graduates of this program enter, can be found at this link:29-1111 : Registered Nurses: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-1111.00
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