Chamberlain College of Nursing was first established in St. Louis in 1889, under the name Deaconess School of Nursing. The Deaconess tradition began in 19th-Century Europe when Theodor Fliedner of Kaiserswerth, Germany, established the first Deaconess Home and Hospital in 1836. The word deaconess means “one who is devoted to service,” being the feminine gender of the word deacon. Their headquarters is located in Downers Grove, IL at the following address: 3005 Highland Parkway Downers Grove, IL 60515.
Chamberlain College of Nursing offers undergraduate programs enabling students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (available at all campus locations). The BSN degree program does not require any prior experience and allows students to complete their degree in as few as three years, instead of the typical four years with summers off.
Chamberlain also offers an RN to BSN online degree completion option for registered nurses. This online option allows registered nurses to earn a BSN degree in as few as 3 semesters. The option offers the flexibility of online learning, with 24/7 access to courses and no mandatory login times.
The RN-BSN to MSN Online Bridge Option is for RNs who wish to earn both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN). The program allows students to earn a MSN degree in one less semester total.
Chamberlain also offers a Master of Science in Nursing online degree program with five tracks: Educator, Executive, Healthcare Policy, Family Nurse Practitioner or Nursing Informatics. Each track allows registered nurses to earn an MSN degree in as few as two and a half years.
The Educator Specialty Track prepares students to teach in academic and clinical-practice settings, as well as continue on for further graduate study. Coursework includes educational foundations, instructional methods, program assessment and evaluation and curriculum development. Students complete a 100-hour practicum in their own geographic location, allowing them to further develop their skills with the support of an experienced nurse educator.
The Executive Specialty Track promotes the skills and knowledge essential to nurse leaders.
The Executive Specialty Track allows registered nurses to earn an MSN degree in as few as six semesters. It helps build the skills essential to nurse leaders. Courses in the MSN Executive track include the foundations of organizational leadership, including managerial communication, organizational change, and decision-making. All MSN students are required to complete a 100-hour practicum in their own geographic location. Graduates of the MSN Executive Track have the option to apply to DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program. Qualifying Chamberlain credits transfer so students can earn their MBA with six additional courses.
The Informatics Specialty Track prepares students for a variety of roles that leverage technology to aid patient care.
The Informatics curriculum teaches students to interpret, analyze and use electronic health record technology, as well as empowers students to be more efficient and effective in healthcare practices. Coursework includes the practice of nursing informatics, management of data and information, healthcare information workflow and project management.
Students also complete a 200-hour informatics practicum with the support of an experienced informatics nurse, allowing them to strengthen and apply the knowledge and skills acquired from coursework.
The Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track prepares students to expand their nursing practice. Through 100% online coursework, the FNP curriculum integrates theory and practical application through online discussion threads, simulation and clinical experiences.
Graduates of the program are prepared to sit for national certification as an FNP and enhance their role and opportunity for advancement in a wide range of healthcare settings.
Healthcare Policy Specialty Track prepares students for a variety of roles that direct the path of healthcare policies, benefiting patients and the community.
The Healthcare Policy curriculum trains nurses in the research, design and implementation of policies, as well as evaluation of policy outcomes. Coursework includes the foundations of healthcare policy, principles of healthcare systems, politics, economics and policy, global health, and nursing leadership in the public policy arena.
A practicum experience provides students with the opportunity to apply newly developed skills and theoretical knowledge to real-world practice situations with the support of an experienced leader in the field.
The DNP program is designed for registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses who are ready to take their practice to the next level and act as champions for a more effective healthcare system.