Chamberlain College of Nursing Offers New Graduate Certificates in Nursing Education and Informatics — October 30, 2012

Contact: Susie White
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For Chamberlain College of Nursing


Specialized knowledge helps prepare nurses for in-demand roles in healthcare


DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – Oct. 30, 2012 – Demand is growing for nurses with higher levels of education and specialized knowledge for an increasingly complex healthcare system. Chamberlain College of Nursing is launching graduate certificates in nursing education and nursing informatics to prepare nurses to apply for certification in these critical focus areas. With enhanced proficiency in new skills, nurses can expand their scope of practice and make a valuable impact on the delivery of patient care and their careers.

“Chamberlain’s graduate certificates can give nurses the knowledge and education they need to deliver advanced quality care and take on integral roles in the evolution of healthcare,” said Carole Eldridge,  DNP, RN, CNE, NEA-BC, director of graduate programs for Chamberlain College of Nursing. “By diversifying a nurse’s skill set, specialty certification can facilitate upward professional mobility and career advancement."

Registered nurses with Master of Science in Nursing degrees can enroll in Chamberlain’s online Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education or Graduate Certificate in Nursing Informatics, with or without practicums. Practicum is optional for students with practical application experience in their area of study. Chamberlain is now accepting applications for the spring semester, which begins on Jan. 7, 2013.

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education
Coursework for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education includes education foundations, instructional methods, assessment and evaluation and curriculum development that can be completed in 12 to 15 semester credit hours. If needed, the 100-hour education practicum provides students with the opportunity to further develop their educational skills. Chamberlain’s certificate provides the core competencies identified by the National League for Nursing (NLN) and places a distinct focus on preparing its graduates to take NLN’s Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam. A nationwide faculty shortage has heightened demand for CNEs, who can serve as faculty at the vocational, associate or bachelor’s level in traditional and non-traditional settings. These certificates can be ideal for current nurse educators and practicing nurses looking to learn new skills or make a career change to roles including case worker, community health leader and patient educator.

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Informatics
The healthcare informatics field has grown dramatically with increased adoption of electronic health records and other new information technologies in the healthcare setting. Chamberlain’s Graduate Certificate in Nursing Informatics comprises nine to 15 credit hours of curriculum examining nursing informatics, data management and information workflow in healthcare. If needed, students may take two 100-hour informatics practicums which provide an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills. The certificate in nursing informatics helps prepare its graduates to be eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center Informatics Nursing exam. Informatics nurses are skilled at utilizing the new technology and practices required to deliver a higher level of patient care and play a fundamental role in making seamless functioning of the new, digital healthcare setting possible. The certificates can prepare nurses for a variety of roles, including clinical informatics analyst, informatics nurse specialist and chief nursing information officer.

For more information about Chamberlain College of Nursing’s graduate certificates, 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; Cleveland and 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.

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

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