Chamberlain College of Nursing

Chamberlain College of Nursing

Chamberlain College of Nursing is a private sector nursing school that offers bachelor and master degree programs in nursing. Campuses are currently located in Phoenix, Arizona, Jacksonville, Florida, Miramar, Florida, Addison, Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri, Houston, Texas, Columbus, Ohio, and Arlington, Virginia. Chamberlain also offers online nursing degree programs. Chamberlain College of Nursing’s mission is to provide quality and innovative healthcare education.



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 Theodore Fliedner of Kaiserswerth, Germany, established the first Deaconess Home and Hospital in 1836. The word deaconess means “one who is devoted to service.”

The college was originally established as a nurses’ training program associated with the United Church of Christ’s Deaconess Hospital. It became Deaconess College of Nursing in the early 1980s. In March 2005, DeVry, Inc. acquired Deaconess. A term of the acquisition agreement was that DeVry's use of the Deaconess name would expire as of September 30, 2006. The school was later renamed to Chamberlain College of Nursing.

Chamberlain has since evolved from a diploma school of nursing to a college of nursing. It offers undergraduate nursing degree programs at campuses in Phoenix, AZ; Jacksonville, FL; Mirmar, FL; Addison, IL; Chicago, IL; St. Louis, MO; Columbus, OH; Houston, TX; Arlington, VA and online. Chamberlain also offers an RN-BSN to MSN Online Bridge Option and a Master of Science in Nursing online degree program.


Chamberlain College of Nursing offers undergraduate programs enabling students to earn either an Associate Degree in Nursing (available in Columbus, OH only) or 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 3 years, instead of the typical four years with summers off.

Chamberlain's Second Degree BSN Option is an accelerated program of study available to adults who have already earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The Second Degree BSN uses the same curriculum as the three-year BSN, and allows adults to apply credits from an existing bachelor’s degree so they may earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in as few as 13 months.

Chamberlain also offers a RN to BSN online degree completion program for registered nurses. This online program allows registered nurses to earn a BSN degree in as few as 3 semesters. The program offers the flexibility of online learning with no on-site clinical requirements.

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.

Chamberlain also offers a Master of Science in Nursing online degree program with three tracks: Educator,Executive, or Nursing Informatics. Each track allows registered nurses to earn an MSN degree in as few as 6 semesters. The Educator Track includes courses designed to prepare students to teach in an academic or clinical-practice setting. Courses in the MSN Educator track include educational foundations, instructional methods, program assessment and evaluation, and curriculum development.

The Executive Track This program allows registered nurses to earn an MSN degree in as few as 6 semesters. The Executive track 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 builds the foundational skills essential to informatics nurse specialists. Courses in the MSN Informatics specialty track include the practice of nursing informatics, management of data and information, and healthcare information workflow and project management. Students also learn to interpret, analyze and utilize electronic health record technology, as well as ways to provide greater efficiency and effectiveness in healthcare practices.

Admissions Requirements

Chamberlain looks for candidates that have a minimum composite ACT score of 21, a minimum SAT critical reading and mathematics reasoning (CR-M) score of 990, or minimum A2 Admission Assessment score of 75. They look for students with a high school cumulative GPA of 2.75 from all previously attended institutions or successful completion of the General Education Development Examination (GED).

For RN to BSN students, a CGPA of 2.0 is accepted for the diploma or associate degree. Candidates must have an unencumbered nursing license (RNs and LPNs), a minimum grade of C in all nursing courses from any previous nursing education, and demonstrate mastery of English. More RN to BSN requirements information is available on the Chamberlain website.

For the MSN program, Chamberlain looks for candidates who have earned a bachelor degree of science in nursing (BSN), a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the BSN degree, completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or better, and are an unrestricted U.S. RN. More MSN requirement information is available on the Chamberlain website.


Chamberlain College of Nursing is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools,, 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 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 campuses 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 campuses are candidates for accreditation by NLNAC. Candidacy is the first step toward NLNAC accreditation. (NLNAC, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404-975-5000). Accreditation provides assurance to the public and to prospective students that standards of quality have been met. Program availability varies by location. AC0103.

Chamberlain is certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, 101 N 14th Street, Richmond, VA 23219 (804) 224-2600. The VA Board of Nursing has provided Chamberlain College of Nursing with the authority to advertise the program and to admit student to its Arlington campus location. Chamberlain College of Nursing Arlington Campus is located at 2450 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.

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