Chamberlain College of Nursing Offers New Master of Science in Nursing Healthcare Policy Specialty Track — July 10, 2012

Contact: Sean McCarthy
MSL Chicago
For Chamberlain College of Nursing


Specialization prepares nurses to influence and shape healthcare policy to improve patient outcomes

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – July 10, 2012 – Addressing the need to educate more nurses about health policy, Chamberlain College of Nursing launched its Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Healthcare Policy specialty track. This new specialty track prepares nurses for leadership positions that require an understanding of economic, political and social issues to influence healthcare policy and improve patient outcomes.

In its call-to-action report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) emphasizes that nurses need a voice during health policymaking and must engage in implementation efforts related to healthcare reform. Additionally, the IOM recommends that nurses serve on advisory committees, commissions and boards where policy decisions are made to further improve healthcare systems. By achieving higher and more specialized levels of educa­tion, nurses can be positioned to help transform the profession and reform the delivery of care.

“As debates regarding healthcare reform intensify, nurses need to lend their expertise and drive critical policy discussions,” said Dr. Diana Meeks-Sjostrom, dean of graduate programs for Chamberlain College of Nursing. “Chamberlain’s MSN Healthcare Policy specialty track helps expand the professional focus of our nursing students and educates them to influence policy on local, national and global levels.”

Chamberlain is now accepting applications for the fall semester, which begins on Sept. 3, 2012. The MSN Healthcare Policy specialty track can be completed in two years of full-time study and provides a foundation for nurses to become healthcare policy leaders, researchers, advocates and activists. Coursework includes the study of healthcare systems, politics and policy, as well as economics and global health.

Chamberlain’s MSN degree program is a post-baccalaureate professional post-baccalaureate professional degree designed to prepare nurses for expanding roles in healthcare and enhance their opportunities for professional advancement. In addition to the completion of the core nursing courses, MSN students can select one of four specialty tracks: Educator, Executive, Healthcare Policy or Informatics. Qualified Chamberlain students also have the opportunity to earn both a MSN degree from Chamberlain and with additional coursework, a Master of Business Administration degree from DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management.

For more information about Chamberlain College of Nursing’s MSN Healthcare Policy specialty track, 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 in addition to online programs.

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 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 Associate Degree in Nursing program at the Columbus location is 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.

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.

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