Chamberlain College of Nursing Offers New Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program — March 5, 2013

Contact: Susie White
MSL Chicago
For Chamberlain College of Nursing


DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — March 5, 2013 — Responding to the Institute of Medicine’s call for more advanced nursing education opportunities, Chamberlain College of Nursing has launched a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program designed for the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). Chamberlain’s DNP degree program is focused on clinical practice and implementing solutions within the patient microsystem, where healthcare professionals, administrators and family work together to improve patient outcomes and transform healthcare delivery.

“Chamberlain’s evidence-based project and practicum focus prepares APRNs to implement solutions for some of the most pressing issues they will confront in their professional roles,” said Patricia Fedorka, PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CNE, professor in Chamberlain College of Nursing’s DNP degree program. “APRNs who earn this DNP degree will have the knowledge to apply proven research in direct patient care to improve delivery processes and strengthen the foundation of healthcare.”

In the 2010 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, the Institute of Medicine recommended doubling the proportion of nurses with a doctoral degree by 20201. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing echoed this recommendation, supporting a change in the level of preparation required for advanced nursing practice from the master’s to the doctoral degree2 .

“Healthcare delivery is evolving to focus more heavily on illness prevention and specialized models of care that address a diverse patient population,” said Carole Eldridge, DNP, RN, CNE, NEA-BC, director of graduate programs for Chamberlain College of Nursing. “Chamberlain’s DNP degree program prepares nurses to fill critical leadership roles in a variety of healthcare settings, overseeing the implementation of such reforms. Graduates will bridge the knowledge gap between research and practice to provide greater patient safety and continuous quality improvement.”

Chamberlain’s DNP degree program is a post-master’s professional degree program designed to give experienced nurses the advanced education necessary to assume a leadership role in the healthcare system. The curriculum focuses on understanding and applying research in advanced nursing practice, organizational leadership, population health, informatics and healthcare policy.

The 10-course degree program comprises 30 semester credit hours, which may be completed online in five semesters, or fewer than two years of full-time study. This includes four, 125-hour evidence-based clinical project/practicum courses that allow graduates to acquire advanced proficiency in the clinical setting.

With the addition of the DNP degree program, Chamberlain demonstrates its commitment to lifelong learning, career progression for nurses and providing greater access to nursing education. Chamberlain now offers nursing degrees at all levels, from associate to doctoral, furthering its mission to advance excellence in nursing education to transform healthcare worldwide. Chamberlain is now accepting applications for the DNP degree program for courses beginning on May 6, 2013.

For more information about Chamberlain College of Nursing’s DNP degree program, visit


About Chamberlain College of Nursing

Chamberlain College of Nursing offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in nursing. Chamberlain has campuses in Phoenix, Arizona; Jacksonville and Miramar, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Addison, Chicago and Tinley Park, 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

Chamberlain College of Nursing, LLC is a part of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), a global provider of educational services. ©2013 Chamberlain College of Nursing, LLC. All rights reserved.


1The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Rep. Institute of Medicine, 5 Oct. 2010. Web.

2The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. P.4. American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Oct. 2006. Web. 29 Jan. 2013.