Guide To Getting Started
How Do I get Started?
Have you picked a college? Have you decided on a major? Have you completed an application? Regardless of your decisions, here are some general preparations everyone needs to make to get started.
Be sure to allow plenty of time for getting forms and transcripts, obtaining letters of recommendation, writing essays and meeting other admissions requirements. If you are considering a nursing degree, you may want to apply to Chamberlain College of Nursing. For more information, visit chamberlain.edu/admissions.
How do I pick a school?
Once you have decided on your potential majors, it is time to pick a college. There are a variety of criteria to consider when choosing a college and those criteria may vary based on your selected area of study. However, there are certain universal criteria for you to consider:
If nursing is your chosen field of study, there are some additional criteria to consider. Does the school have:
- State approved and accredited programs?
- General education and nursing classes?
- Classroom instruction and hands-on clinical experiences?
- Preparation for the NCLEX exam?
- Top NCLEX exam pass rates?
No matter what your criteria, you should evaluate and apply to several schools. Do not limit your possibilities.
How Will I Pay For It?
Investing in your future can be an expensive proposition. Do not let the cost of college hinder your education plan or your future. Your lifetime earning potential as a college graduate could far exceed the investment in your education.
In addition, when savings and current earnings are not enough, financial aid is designed to fill the gap. Generally, there are three categories of financial aid: grants (no repayment required), loans (repaid after graduation), and work-study (part-time, educationally related student or community employment).
When exploring your financial aid options be sure to:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Consult college Financial Aid Advisors
- Collect all necessary documentation including: driver’s license, Social Security card, tax returns, parent’s tax returns (if applicable), W2 forms, bank statements.
Take a step-by-step walk-through of the Chamberlain Financial Aid Process at chamberlain.edu/financialaidvideo. To consult a Chamberlain College of Nursing financial aid advisor visit chamberlain.edu/financialaid.*
Get Your Future Started!
Many colleges close admissions early. Some scholarships and financial aid are on a first come, first served basis. Be sure to take advantage of campus tours and participate in preview programs.
Chamberlain College of Nursing offers numerous events to give prospective students a closer look at a career in nursing and the chance to experience campus life. Check out our Experience Nursing Days, Open Houses and all of our upcoming events in your area at chamberlain.edu/events.
Start early, explore all of your options and take advantage of all that is out there. Chamberlain’s admissions and financial aid advisors are here to help you every step of the way.
For more information call 877.213.3408
* Financial aid available for those who qualify.
Navigate to Nursing Scholarship Program
High school seniors, start your journey towards a rewarding career in nursing!
Beginning your senior year of high school, you can qualify to take college courses online and on-site and earn credit towards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Chamberlain College of Nursing. The Navigate to Nursing (N2N) Scholarship Program is your chance to explore a rewarding career in nursing while earning college credit.
Save Time & Tuition
Receive up to $8,775 in scholarship assistance.*
Navigate to Nursing (N2N) Scholarship Program recipients receive tuition credit for all coursework completed under the N2N Scholarship Program.
The more courses you take, the more scholarship money you can receive.**
- Explore nursing career opportunities while earning college credit
- Maximize your scholarship dollars by taking additional credits at Chamberlain College of Nursing during your senior year
- Download the N2N Curriculum Plan (PDF)
Tuition: up to $8,775
Credit hours: 13 credits
Additional scholarship opportunities are available once enrolled full-time.
Apply for the Navigate to Nursing Scholarship Program
- Submission of official high school transcripts
- Submission of application and parental consent form for applicants under the age of 18
- Limited to seniors from high schools recognized by Chamberlain
- Minimum high school CGPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
* Scholarship amounts may vary.
** To be eligible, course and credits must be a part of the Chamberlain N2N/BSN curriculum.
*** For applicants under 18 years of age, the parental consent section of the Enrollment Agreement must be completed.
NOTE: Program availability varies by location.
To apply to the Navigate to Nursing (N2N) Scholarship Program, please complete the N2N inquiry form or contact an admissions representative at 855.639.6877.
Information for Parents
It’s a day that always seems so far away – until it’s here. At Chamberlain, we want you to be comfortable and confident throughout the experience of choosing a nursing college for your student.
We draw upon our 125-year history of educating exceptional nurses. As a single-purpose nursing college, each and every resource is dedicated to helping your child meet their full potential and setting them up for success. Read more about what it means to be a Chamberlain nurse.
We’re here to help guide your student through the admissions process. Please reach out to your student’s advisor, or call us at 888-556-8226 if you have any questions as you make your way through the following steps:
Visit a Campus
Experience Nursing Day
High school juniors and seniors are invited to experience a day in the life of our nursing students. Your child will be able to attend a class, get hands-on experience in our SIMCARE CENTERTM, and speak with faculty members and current students.
Attend an Open House
Take a campus tour and meet with Chamberlain students, faculty and staff.
Explore Financial Aid Options
More than 80% of Chamberlain students receive some form of financial aid, including grants, loans and work-study.
How much will my student’s education cost my family?
Chamberlain’s net price calculator takes into account estimated educational costs and potential financial assistance your student may receive. Get started on an estimate today.
Tips for Financing a Chamberlain Education
Your student’s education will be one of the most important investments you make. Read some tips on how to navigate the financial aid process and develop a financial plan.
Navigate to Nursing (N2N) Scholarship Program
Your student can start earning college credits towards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree while still in high school and receive up to $8,500 in tuition assistance. Scholarship amounts may vary.
From our Global Health Education Program to the student-founded event, Hydration for the Homeless, Chamberlain students work to actively make a difference in their communities.
Patient simulators react much like a live patient would — and many of our students report their time in the center as the first time they felt like a “real nurse.”
We are committed to our students’ success, and recognize the hard work of selected students through membership in the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.
Beyond the classroom or clinical setting, Chamberlain students can take on leadership roles and contribute to a number of organizations, including the Student Government Association.
Our Chamberlain College of Nursing blog features the latest Chamberlain student news, nursing career advice, commentary on hot topics in the nursing industry, and much more.