Chamberlain College of Nursing Opens New Campus in Miramar, Fla.—May 23, 2011
Contact: Amy Christenson
Jasculca/Terman and Associates, Inc.
for Chamberlain College of Nursing
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — May 23, 2011 — Chamberlain College of Nursing is opening a new campus in Miramar, Fla. with classes beginning in July 2011. This expansion reinforces Chamberlain’s commitment to prepare additional nurses in the southern portion of the state in response to the growing demand for nurses. The Miramar campus is Chamberlain’s second location in Florida; Chamberlain’s Jacksonville campus opened in 2009.
“We are excited to see the opening of the Miramar campus of Chamberlain College of Nursing,” stated Senator Anitere Flores, R-Miami. “South Florida needs more well-trained nurses in our system, and we look forward to Chamberlain helping to meet our growing need. This opening is another example of how public and private educational institutions can work together to help resolve the nursing shortage in Florida.”
In less than 10 years, the United States is projected to have a shortage of one million nurses, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration . While the Florida Center for Nursing predicts that Florida alone will face a nursing shortage of 20,600 by 2025 , they also estimate that 60 percent of qualified applicants to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree programs in south Florida were turned away in 2010 due to lack of space at current nursing schools .
“If the U.S. is going to prevent the anticipated nursing shortage, we must work to address the issue now,” said Susan Groenwald, president of Chamberlain College of Nursing. “The current reports on the projected nurse shortage do not account for the increased demand for nurses that will result from recent healthcare reforms. By opening a second campus in Florida, we are increasing access to high quality nursing education to prepare nurses that the state will need in the coming years.”
The Miramar campus will offer an on-site BSN degree program which includes a broad educational foundation and extensive clinical practice that can be completed in as few as three years of year-round study instead of the typical four years with summers off. The Miramar BSN degree program was approved by the Florida Board of Nursing at its February 2, 2011 meeting, and the campus location was approved by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools at its May 16, 2011 meeting.
Chamberlain’s Miramar campus will be led by recently appointed campus dean Harriet Myers, PhD, MSN, RN. Dr. Myers joins Chamberlain with 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry, including practice, instruction, higher education administration and research. Previously, Dr. Myers served as associate dean of student affairs, associate professor of Behavioral Sciences and director of the Academic Success Program for Ross University School of Medicine.
“Chamberlain has a history of providing students with quality nursing education,” said Dr. Myers. “I look forward to preparing competent, compassionate and highly skilled nurses during this critical time of need.”
Chamberlain’s Miramar campus is the 122-year-old college’s ninth location in the U.S. The campus is located at 2300 Southwest 145th Avenue and will be co-located with DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management, Becker Professional Education and a clinical location for Ross University School of Medicine, all part of DeVry Inc.
The new Chamberlain facilities feature nursing skills laboratories, including a simulation lab composed of an intensive care unit, a coronary care unit, an obstetrics area and pediatric beds, as well as two general skills labs and a health assessment lab. Chamberlain students will benefit from a student-centric learning environment enhanced by small class sizes, personalized attention from faculty, diversified clinical learning opportunities and a singular focus on preparing nurses for successful careers.
Chamberlain is currently accepting applications for the three-year BSN degree program for its summer class semester, which will begin July 5, 2011. Open houses for prospective students will be held on campus on Thursday, June 2 from 3-7 p.m., Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday, June 7 from 3-7 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, visit www.chamberlain.edu/events.
For more information about Chamberlain College of Nursing’s Miramar campus, visit www.chamberlain.edu/nursing-school/florida/miramar.
About Chamberlain College of Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in nursing. Campuses are 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 campuses 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, GA 30326, 404.975.5000). Accreditation provides assurance to the public and to prospective students that standards of quality have been met.
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/about/accreditation.
Chamberlain College of Nursing, LLC is a part of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), a global provider of educational services. © 2011 Chamberlain College of Nursing, LLC. All rights reserved. www.chamberlain.edu.