Chamberlain College of Nursing and Walgreens Join to Create New Advanced Practice Clinical and Education Opportunities for Nurses — March 18, 2014

Contact: Jenna Simenic
For Chamberlain College of Nursing


Nation’s largest drugstore chain collaborates with nursing educator to provide clinical opportunities in a retail health clinic setting

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – March 18, 2014 – Chamberlain College of Nursing and Walgreens are working together to provide Chamberlain’s advanced practice nursing students the opportunity to gain retail-based clinical practicum experience at Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens locations nationwide. In addition, the relationship offers Walgreens registered and advanced practice nurses a group tuition rate for Chamberlain’s post-licensure degree programs to advance their education.

Responding to the rising consumer demand for access to affordable, convenient and quality primary care, the relationship helps prepare highly skilled advanced practice nurses to provide primary care in non-traditional settings, and to address the health care needs of an increasingly diversified population.

“Patients today are looking to community health care providers who offer convenient, cost-effective options for care, and this provides invaluable clinical experience for Chamberlain’s students,” said Heidi Wold, MSN, ARNP, ANP-BC, vice president of operations for Walgreens Consumer Solutions Group. “There’s great synergy between our organizations to make a difference in health care, creating a pipeline of advanced practice nurses who are prepared to serve the needs of patients in the communities where they live and work.”

“Advanced practice nurses in the retail health clinic setting provide services spanning personal wellness and prevention and disease management for a broad patient population ranging in age and ethnicity,” said Carole Eldridge, DNP, RN, CNE, NEA-BC, director of graduate programs at Chamberlain College of Nursing. “This relationship gives registered nurses employed by Walgreens and Healthcare Clinic access to educational opportunities critical to this role and benefits Chamberlain’s advanced practice nursing students by offering necessary hands-on clinical experience.”

Preparing Advanced Practice Nurses for Emerging Health Care Settings

Growing demand for primary care services spurred by the Affordable Care Act and an aging population has fueled the increased use of retail health clinics, where nurse practitioners provide quality care in a convenient, accessible environment.

Through the relationship, students enrolled in Chamberlain’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialty track and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree programs may participate in a clinical practicum experience at Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens locations.

Improving Health Care Outcomes through Education

Walgreens 70,000 affiliated health care professionals, including adult and family nurse practitioners and registered nurses, work in Walgreens pharmacy, infusion services, specialty pharmacy and other lines of business. Through the relationship, Walgreens affiliated providers who meet admission requirements can receive a group tuition rate for Chamberlain’s Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) online degree completion option, RN-BSN to MSN online option, MSN degree program including the FNP specialty track, DNP degree program and graduate certificates.

For more information about Chamberlain’s partnership with Walgreens, visit




About Chamberlain College of Nursing
For 125 years, Chamberlain College of Nursing has been at the forefront of excellence in nursing education. Chamberlain is increasing access to nursing education nationwide with campuses offering the three-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and flexible online programs such as the RN to BSN option, Master of Science in Nursing degree program, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program and Graduate Certificates.

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 eight 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 at Chamberlain College of Nursing 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 with conditions by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, 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.

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About Walgreens
As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2013 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens ( vision is to be the first choice for health and daily living for everyone in America, and beyond. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,206 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers, provider practices and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 750 locations throughout the country.