Learn About Nursing Schools

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Nursing School

    Learn About Nursing Schools1.    Accreditation:
    Seeking a nursing school with the required accreditations should be the first step in your search for a nursing school. You’ll want to make sure that the nursing school you wish to enroll in is accredited by the appropriate higher education accrediting bodies so upon graduation you will be able to practice nursing with your new degree. Nursing schools can be accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which is one of the six regional agencies that accredit U.S. colleges and universities at the institutional level. Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

    2.    Onsite or Online Nursing Programs:
    Evaluate your schedule and the nursing schools and programs available in your area to determine if an on-site school or online school would be best for you. Campus programs allow you to have individual attention with faculty and those in your nursing cohort. Online programs allow students to join classes anytime that works the best with their schedules.

    3.    Tuition & Financial Aid:
    Tuition is a major consideration for students deciding where to attend nursing college. Be sure you understand the total cost of the nursing program you are pursuing and what financing options could be available to you before you enroll. Keep in mind some nursing schools also offer educational partnership tuition rates depending on the partnership between your association or employer. Other nursing colleges will offer qualified registered nurses special military tuition rates or alumni tuition rates.

    4.    Experienced Faculty:
    Your interactions with faculty in your program will be a major part of your learning experience.  You’ll want to make sure that the faculty in your program are qualified, well-trained and experts in their respective fields.

    5.    Clinical Requirements:
    Whether you plan to enroll in an onsite or online program, be aware of any clinical requirements that will be required for graduation.

Committed to Student Success

As a single-purpose nursing college, every resource is dedicated solely to setting our student nurses up for success— from Career Services to our Centers for Academic Success. Class sizes are small, and our nursing faculty members are easily accessible to students. U.S. News recently ranked Chamberlain among the top five online graduate nursing programs in the faculty credentials and training category.

Student Support Through Admissions Process

Admission representatives at Chamberlain assist students from the beginning of the admissions process to the end.

They can obtain your transcripts for you and walk you through registration and anywhere along the line you need a helping hand.

Year-round nursing programs

As nurses, we understand the challenges of balancing the pursuit of an education with personal and professional considerations. For students hoping to become a nurse, our programs are offered in locations across the United States. With no waiting lists and classes offered year-round, Chamberlain students have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in as few as 3 years*. For licensed nurses aspiring to take the next step in their career, Chamberlain offers online options tailored to fit the needs of busy nurses. Students are able to learn online, on their time.

*The onsite Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program can be completed in three years with  year-round study instead of the typical four years with summers off.

Overcoming Obstacles – Life and Education Meet

Learn about how one Chamberlain graduate was able to overcome life’s obstacles and pursue an advancement in her nursing education.

“I went through a horrendous cancer treatment five years ago. And for me that was somewhat life changing because it made me reexamine my priorities of what I want to accomplish in my life. Signing up with Chamberlain and becoming involved in the program helped me really get it together. It has now given me what I have always wanted to achieve professionally. Being a mother of five kids, having so much responsibility already and a full time job, and even the disease or the illness of itself – all of those things took up so much of my time – where Chamberlain was able to squeeze right in there. And before long, I was as at the end and I just can’t believe that it’s already here.” 

– Kathleen, RN to BSN Graduate, mother of five 

US News Ranking

U.S. News & World Report ranked Chamberlain College of Nursing among the top five online graduate nursing programs in the faculty credentials and training category. Read about it here

Top-Notch and Experienced Nursing Professors

“I really feel like my professors were very approachable and knowledgeable about the information.”

– Marisol, RN to BSN Graduate

 “Not only did she have a doctorate in nursing but she also had a master’s in business. So when we were learning about budgeting and accounting, this was someone who was an expert not just as a nurse but also an expert in the business area. It was really unbelievable how someone who was an online contact was so accessible to you. These are professors who are leaders in their own institutions who are also teaching online. So you are getting a variety of people from all over North America.”

– Kathleen, RN to BSN Graduate

“The professors and the faculty that I interacted with in class were top notch professionals always available to answer my questions.”

– Barb, RN to BSN Graduate

“That is one reason why I decided to come to Chamberlain, because of the professionalism.”

– Phyliss, RN to BSN Graduate

Accreditation and Approvals

Chamberlain College of Nursing is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC, www.hlcommission.org). HLC is one of the eight regional agencies that accredit U.S. colleges and universities at the institutional level. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program, the Master of Science in Nursing degree program and the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791). The Associate Degree in Nursing program at the Columbus location is accredited with warning for good cause by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, 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 been met. For the most updated accreditation information, visit chamberlain.edu/accreditation.

Chamberlain College of Nursing 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 is approved to operate by the Virginia Board of Nursing Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico, VA 23233-1463, 804.367.4515. Chamberlain College of Nursing is authorized for operation by the THEC, http://www.tn.gov/thec. For the most updated approvals by state information, visit chamberlain.edu/stateapprovals.

Program/program option availability varies by state/location. Chamberlain reserves the right to update information as it becomes available. Information is current at the time of publication. Comprehensive consumer information is available at chamberlain.edu/studentconsumerinfo

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