Chamberlain College of Nursing Expands with Second Houston-Area Campus — June 3, 2014

Contact: Susie White
For Chamberlain College of Nursing


Pearland campus aims to alleviate state’s nursing shortage

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – June 3, 2014 – Chamberlain College of Nursing is opening a new campus in Pearland, Texas and is now accepting applications for admission to the fall semester, which begins Sept. 1. The Pearland campus is Chamberlain’s second in Texas and 14th in the nation.

Chamberlain’s Houston campus, 25 miles from the Pearland campus in the northwest area of the city, opened in 2011. Since then, Texas’ population has grown faster than that of any other state, with Houston among the nation’s fastest-growing cities.[1] Nurses are in high demand to provide care for Texas’ growing patient population, including those over age 60.[2]

"Located so close to the Medical Center, Pearland maintains a large footprint for folks involved in the healthcare field,” said state Rep. Ed Thompson (R-29) from Pearland. “Chamberlain College of Nursing is a great addition to our community and will be an important asset in satisfying the needs of the Medical Center, our reputable hospitals and other esteemed facilities located in our area."

Texas’ ratio of licensed registered nurses (RNs) per 100,000 people is far lower than the national average – 720 compared to 874.[3] Despite a climbing RN vacancy rate in Texas hospitals,[4] more than 5,600 qualified applicants were turned away from local baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs last year due to capacity issues.[5] With the addition of its Pearland campus, Chamberlain increases access to nursing education for students in Texas.

"The demand for nursing education and nurses in Texas reflects a nationwide trend,” said Susan Groenwald, PhD, MSN, RN, national president of Chamberlain College of Nursing. “Chamberlain is committed to providing a superior nursing education to prepare extraordinary nurses who can step up to meet this challenge. Pearland is thriving with new healthcare facilities that will benefit future nurses as they begin their education and clinical experiences with Chamberlain.”

Located at 12000 Shadow Creek Parkway, Chamberlain’s new Pearland campus offers an on-site Bachelor of Science in Nursing 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 campus features Chamberlain’s SIMCARE CENTER™, which provides high-tech simulated patient care in clinical learning environments, and a Center for Academic Success, which delivers comprehensive academic resources and support for students. Chamberlain students benefit from a student-centric learning environment enhanced by small class sizes, personalized attention from faculty, diverse clinical-learning opportunities, experiential learning and a singular focus on preparing nurses for successful careers.

The Pearland campus president, Kacie A. Spencer, DNP, MSN, RN, has more than a decade of experience in clinical nursing and academics. Dr. Spencer’s previous roles at Chamberlain include faculty chair and dean of academic affairs at the Arlington campus and, most recently, dean of academic affairs at the Houston campus. Her clinical experience includes emergency nursing, quality management, regulatory agency compliance and staff development. Dr. Spencer earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a specialization in leadership and management in nursing systems with highest honors from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree focused in leadership and management from The George Washington University.

The Pearland campus open house event for prospective students will be held at the Houston campus, located at 11025 Equity Drive, on July 10 from 4-7 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, visit

For more information about Chamberlain College of Nursing’s Pearland campus, 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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[1] U.S. Census Bureau. Texas Cities Lead Nation in Population Growth, Census Bureau Reports. Newsroom. N.p., 23 May 2013. Web.

[2] Policy Academy State Profile - Texas. Rep. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in Partnership with the U.S. Administration on Aging, 2 Apr. 2012. Web.

[3] State Health Facts: Registered Nurses per 100,000 Population. Rep. Kaiser Family Foundation, n.d. Web.

[4] 2012 Hospital Nurse Staffing Survey - Vacancy and Turnover. Rep. N.p.: Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies, 2013. Print.

[5] American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2014) 2013-2014 Enrollment and Graduations in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing. Washington, DC.