Chamberlain College of Nursing Establishes New Campus in Atlanta’s Perimeter Center — March 5, 2012

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Chamberlain’s first Georgia campus aims to help alleviate state’s nursing shortage

For Immediate Release

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — March 5, 2012 — Chamberlain College of Nursing is opening a new campus in Perimeter Center in Atlanta and is now accepting applications for admission to the summer semester, which begins April 30, 2012. The Atlanta campus features Chamberlain’s SIMCARE CENTERTM, which provides high-tech simulated patient care in clinical learning environments, and a Center for Academic Success, which provides students with comprehensive academic resources and support. This new campus opening reinforces Chamberlain’s commitment to increasing access to nursing education and addresses the growing demand for nurses in Georgia.

“There is a high interest in nursing careers by students in Georgia, but we don’t have enough classroom space or faculty to keep up with the demand,” said U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson. “Chamberlain College of Nursing’s new Atlanta campus will help meet this demand and provide more opportunities for Georgia students in this growing field.”

According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, Georgia faces a projected shortage of more than 32,000 nurses by 2020.1 Yet, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing estimates that more than 2,000 qualified nursing students were turned away from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in Georgia due to budget constraints and a lack of faculty and classroom space.2

“If Georgia is going to prevent the anticipated nursing shortage, we must work to address the issue now,” said Susan Groenwald, PhD(c), MSN, national president of Chamberlain College of Nursing. “The current shortage will be exacerbated by the aging nursing workforce and growing number of retirees who will require more healthcare in the coming years. By opening the Atlanta campus, we can increase access to high quality nursing education and provide the nurses that Georgia residents need.”

Chamberlain’s Atlanta campus offers an on-site Bachelor of Science of Nursing (BSN) degree program that can be completed in as few as three years of year-round study instead of the typical four years with summers off. The Atlanta BSN degree program was approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing at its Sept. 14-16, 2011 meeting, and the campus was approved by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools at its Feb. 20, 2012 meeting. 

Leila McKinney, DNP, MSN, APRN, NP-C, has been appointed president of the new campus. Dr. McKinney has more than 18 years of experience in the healthcare industry, including practice, instruction and administration. Previously, Dr. McKinney served as national director for online nursing education and dean of nursing at Rasmussen College in Tampa, Fla.

This is Chamberlain’s first campus in Georgia, and its 11th in the nation. Located at 5775 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, NE, Building A, the new Chamberlain campus features 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, experiential learning and a singular focus on preparing nurses for successful careers.

Open houses for prospective students will be held at the Atlanta campus on Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Tuesday, March 27 from 3–7 p.m. and Thursday, March 29 from 3–7 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, visit  

For more information about Chamberlain College of Nursing’s Atlanta campus, visit


About Chamberlain College of Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in nursing. Chamberlain is currently located in Phoenix, Arizona; Jacksonville and Miramar, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Addison and Chicago, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; 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, 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, Miramar, Phoenix and St. Louis locations 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 locations and the Associate Degree in Nursing program are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (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. This program is not approved or regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission.

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 Comprehensive consumer information is available at

Chamberlain College of Nursing, LLC is a part of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), a global provider of educational services. ©2012 Chamberlain College of Nursing, LLC. All rights reserved.


1Projected Supply, Demand, and Shortages of Registered Nurses: 2002-2020,” (2002): Health Resources and Services Administration:

2“Georgia: An Overview of Nursing Education and Research Funding,” (2011): American Association of Colleges of Nursing: