To Our Chamberlain Community:
For more than 130 years, Chamberlain has been an institution solely dedicated to advancing healthcare outcomes by offering access to educational opportunities in communities across the country and around the world. Chamberlain Care® has always been a part of who we are, and the care we provide for our students, our colleagues and each other defines our institution.
As we collectively respond to COVID-19, we stand together with the nurses, physicians and healthcare professionals—many of them Chamberlain students and alumni—who are stepping forward and putting their lives on the front line. We are deeply grateful for your dedication and hard work.
With one of the largest nursing schools in the nation, we are uniquely positioned to respond to the evolving situation, the needs of our students and alumni as well as the communities we live in. We take this very seriously and will continue to seek ways we can lead and assist.
We are approaching the one-year mark of navigating this pandemic and continue to keep the well-being of our colleagues and students at the forefront as we support you throughout your educational journey. Please know that Chamberlain continues to closely monitor the public health situation and take the necessary precautions to lower the risk of exposure and do our part in curbing the spread of the virus. While the news and health situation itself can be disruptive to our everyday lives, our focus remains clear: continue delivering on our mission of educating and supporting extraordinary healthcare professionals who care for our communities.
We are utilizing our breadth of experience as an online education provider, and we are committed to having the right tools in place to further educate, empower and embolden diverse healthcare professionals who advance the health of people, families, communities and nations. We successfully transitioned our campuses to an online learning platform. Our faculty are ready and prepared to serve our students in interactive, online environments that engage students across structured and self-paced programs which are critical to student success. For our post-licensure and graduate students, we developed and rolled out a continuity plan for alternative clinical experiences and coursework to help them stay on track while limited placements are available.
We appreciate your dedication and support during this unprecedented time, and we will continue to update you as new information is available.
As requested by the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, the following plans pertain to Chamberlain University’s programs offered to New Jersey residents:
North Brunswick Campus Bachelor of Science in Nursing Students:
North Brunswick Campus Reopening Plan PDF
New Jersey Residents Enrolled In An Online Program:
New Jersey Online Programs Reopening Plan PDF
As Chamberlain receives additional health guidance, it may update its plans. These plans do not supersede any relevant state or federal level guidance that is in place and Chamberlain continues to adhere to compliance with such guidance.
As requested by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the following plan pertains to Chamberlain University’s Tysons Corner, Virginia campus. As Chamberlain receives additional health guidance, it may update its plans. These plans do not supersede any relevant state or federal level guidance that is in place and Chamberlain continues to adhere to compliance with such guidance. This plan has been reviewed by the State Council of Higher Education and has been found to be compliant in containing the required components of the Higher Education Reopening Guidance, which was developed in consultation with the Virginia Department of Health.
Frequently Asked Questions
Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs
According to the World Health Organization,common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. The CDC believes that symptoms may appear in as few as two days or up to 14 days after exposure.
COVID-19 and Chamberlain FAQs
The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our main priority, and we are taking a proactive approach to addressing all potential threats to health and safety.
Online delivery of all BSN campus coursework has been extended through at least April 24, 2021.
We are delivering pre-licensure classes through an online learning format to keep students on track for graduation and the following on-campus activities will resume:
Federal Work Study in labs
gen-ed science lab
As a precautionary measure, all campuses have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected following CDC guidelines. This Level-1 cleaning will continue as long as necessary per CDC guidelines. In addition, community activities have been suspended until further notice. When they start back up, we will notify students and colleagues through SIREN and email communications.
In an effort to minimize disruption and provide continuity, we have decided to extend remote learning activities through the March session, which ends on April 24, 2021. Please watch your email for communications on future sessions, which we will update as the situation evolves.
For Current Students
Clinical and Practicum Site FAQs
Our clinical partners’ main priority is to maintain a safe environment for students, their patients and staff. As you begin preparing for the March 2021 session, we encourage you to find a practicum site that works best for you. Given the current challenges surrounding COVID-19, many sites are expanding their telehealth and virtual options to accommodate students. However, if you are unable to secure an approved practicum site, you will still be able to register for practicum courses for the March 2021 session. Students that are registering without a practicum site within the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty track should work with their Experiential Learning Coordinator to ensure they remain on track with practicum progression requirements. Five hundred direct care patient hours are still required for MSN-FNP program completion and to sit for national certification.
Limited clinical placements will resume as available, and your campus will reach out to you with more information.
Our campuses developed a continuity plan for students’ clinical experience. Academic leadership will be reaching out to students, if they haven’t already, with plans for an alternative clinical experience for students to remain on track within their educational journey.
Our team has developed a contingency plan to keep you on track with your practicum experience. Please continue your course registration process and information regarding program and course-specific next steps will be posted in your course during week one.
Our MSN FNP specialty track leadership team has developed a continuity plan for alternative clinical experiences and coursework in order for students to remain on track within their educational journey. Students should reach out to their faculty leaders for an alternative clinical experience.
The MSW program faculty has prepared a detailed contingency plan to assist with preparing for remote field practicum, if needed. The contingency plan can be found here. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue to search for practicum sites.
MSN FNP Intensive Review Session/ Immersion Assignment FAQs
The in-person intensive review that was scheduled to take place in St. Charles, Illinois, April 19-21 was canceled. The intensive review will still be required as an assignment and offered virtually. Information regarding the live streaming of the intensive review has been shared with your faculty. Please reach out to your course faculty with any additional questions.
The MSN FNP specialty track will no longer require mandatory attendance at the Physical Health Assessment immersion assignment that was scheduled in St. Charles, Illinois, April 17-19, 2020 since the in-person event has been canceled due to COVID-19. The immersion physical assessment test-off will still be required as an assignment and offered virtually. Please reach out to your faculty with any additional questions.
MSN/DNP Evaluations FAQs
While some practicum sites have discontinued practicum experiences, many of our students have secured practicum sites. Preceptors and mentors will participate in formative and summative evaluations of MSN students for those completing on-ground practicum experiences. For those students on ground, they will also complete preceptor/mentor and practicum site evaluations.
While some practicum sites have discontinued practicum experiences, many of our students have secured practicum sites. Preceptors and mentors will participate in formative and summative evaluations of DNP students for those completing on-ground practicum experiences. For those students on ground, they will also complete preceptor/mentor and practicum site evaluations.
Interim Policy Questions
Please instruct your previous institution(s) to send all official transcripts to [email protected] They can also be sent to our National Registrar Services Office at the following address:
Chamberlain University - Registrar Services
3005 Highland Parkway
Downers Grove, IL 60515-5799
We accept faxed transcripts as official; a seal is not required as long as the transcript is signed by a school official and accompanied by the institution cover sheet. The fax number to use is 630.572.5958. At minimum, an unofficial transcript can be downloaded and submitted to this email address: [email protected].
If the institution you have requested transcripts from is closed, determine what web-based self-service options the institution has available (i.e., a student portal) or email to [email protected] as stated above. If neither an official nor unofficial transcript can be obtained, please work with your admission representative to determine the best course of action.
Due to the challenges brought on by COVID-19, we understand that there may be significant delays in the ability to obtain official transcripts and/or documents. As a result, we are making a temporary change to the acceptance policy to support students during this unprecedented time. In the event official documentation cannot be collected before your semester start date, you may be granted full acceptance and the submission of official documentation will become a progression requirement.
Students who started in the January 2021 session must submit all official documentation prior to Friday, January 22, 2021. Students starting in the March 2021 session must submit all official documentation prior to Friday March 19, 2021.
Official documentation includes official proof of graduation, official transcripts, and official proof of proficiency of the English language. Official licensure is also needed for certain programs of study. Failure to meet these requirements will stop the students’ program progression, and students will not be able to enroll in future courses until the official documents are received.
For more information, please review the official transcript section of the Chamberlain interim policies catalog addendum at chamberlain.edu/catalog-addendum-interim-policies.
Chamberlain will continue to monitor the situation and will update this interim policy, as needed.
Review the Chamberlain interim policies catalog addendum here.
Due to the challenges brought on by COVID-19, we understand that there may be significant delays in the ability to sit for the NCLEX exam. As a result, we are making a temporary change to the acceptance policy for RN to BSN, and MSN and Post Baccalaureate Certificate programs to support students during this unprecedented time. In the event licensure cannot be collected before your semester start date and you have met all admission requirements for your program, you may be granted full acceptance and the submission of permanent licensure will become a progression requirement. For more information please review the RN to BSN, RN-BSN to MSN, MSN and Post Baccalaureate Licensure Requirement section of the Chamberlain interim policies catalog addendum at chamberlain.edu/catalog-addendum-interim-policies.
For New BSN Students
BSN Admissions FAQs
You can begin or continue your admission process. We will continue to work with our applicants for the March 2021 and May 2021 class starts. You have already taken a significant step toward achieving your dream of becoming a healthcare professional, and now more than ever this decision is critical to raise the standard of nursing and advance healthcare outcomes in service to our communities. We acknowledge and applaud your decision to continue to pursue this decision to be part of our Chamberlain mission to transform the health of people worldwide.
Chamberlain is taking the necessary precautions to lower the risk of exposure and to do our part to keep our communities safe. For our current students, classes are being delivered online through Canvas to ensure they stay on course with their educational journey. We have excellent experiential, online opportunities that allow for an engaged classroom and continuous, uninterrupted learning. Our simulation labs and clinical experiences are now being held as on-campus activities following guidance from local and national governments, as well as direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with careful consideration of the challenges of healthcare.
We are thankful to have this flexibility in educational options for our students – and moved quickly to continue their learning. As the largest nursing school, we have been offering post-licensure programs online for many years and, in this health situation, we are able to leverage our expertise and technology for our pre-licensure BSN campus based program.
New applicants who apply on or after July 29, 2020 for the January 2021 session and beyond will be required to complete the HESI Admission Assessment (A2) via remote proctoring as part of the admission process and prior to Admission Committee review. In addition, any applicants who decide to change their anticipated start date beyond January 2021 will fall under the standard Chamberlain admission policies, not the interim policies, regardless of their application date.
If you fall under the interim policies and are deemed academically eligible by the Admission Committee, we will require that you take the HESI Admission Assessment (A2) as a progression requirement at a later date. Please reach out to your Student Support Advisor for your HESI A2 deadline. The results of your HESI A2 will not impact your enrollment, however, the HESI A2 must be completed by your deadline in order to register for future sessions.
Students who fall within the interim policies and earned “C” grades in their Science coursework have the option to enroll in University Seminar for Science course transfer credit consideration. If students “Satisfactorily” complete the University Seminar course with an 80% or greater, they will receive transfer credit for previous Science courses in which they earned a "C."*
Now that a remote proctoring solution is in place, all applicants deemed academically eligible will be required to take the HESI Admission Assessment (A2) either as a progression requirement or as part of the admission process (dependent upon application date). The results of the HESI A2 may be used to determine transfer credit in accordance with our current transfer credit policy.
For new campus pre-licensure BSN applicants who apply on or after July 29, 2020 for the January 2021 session and beyond, the standard transfer credit policy will apply. “C” grades earned in science courses may be accepted for transfer if the score earned within the corresponding science section of the HESI A2 is 72 or greater. University Seminar will not be offered as an option for “C” Science transfer credit consideration to this population.
Proficiency Assessment(s) can also be taken now that a virtual proctoring solution is available.
*Not an option for applicants who had already taken the HESI A2 twice.
Any applicants who decide to change their anticipated start date beyond January 2021 will fall under the standard Chamberlain admission policies, not the interim policies, regardless of their application date. These applicants will be required to complete the HESI A2 as part of the admission process for Admission Committee review. In addition, the results of the HESI A2 will be used to determine “C” Science transfer credit in accordance with our current transfer credit policy.
Yes. Our Admission Committees still meet virtually on a regular basis.
The drug screening, fingerprinting and background check can still be initiated virtually. Work with your admission representative on this process as well as completing the payment through the student portal.
Our Admission teams are still available to serve you. You can reach your admission representative directly by their respective email address or by calling 877.751.5783.
No. Your scheduled appointment will still take place virtually over the phone and with a Microsoft Teams option. Your admission representative will reach out to you directly with this information. Please plan to keep your scheduled time available.
Our current campus closure is in effect until at least April 24, 2021. We will continue to offer online learning and our new class will still begin as scheduled, virtually.
New Student Orientations will be held virtually via WebEx during the regularly scheduled date and time.
Student Resources FAQs
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has guidance about protecting yourself financially from coronavirus impacts. Here you’ll find information on mortgage relief options, contacting loan lenders servicers if you’re unable to make payments, and ways to protect your credit.
The Office of Federal Student Aid has information for borrowers including information on the 0% interest period and those on income-driven repayment.
The Department of Labor offers information on filing for unemployment insurance benefits.
Chamberlain students and alumni can access ASPIRE for support with personal challenges you may be facing at home including:
Locating child-care solutions in your area
Locating low-cost laptops or other distance learning supplies
Finding local housing, food banks and community resources
Providing referrals for job search assistance
ASPIRE also has a number of resources that can help if you’re in need of food banks and nutritional assistance, unemployment assistance, and virtual camps and programs. ASPIRE specialists are available 24/7 to assist with any need. For more information please visit acispecialtybenefits.com/eblast/aspire/covid-19-support/, call ASPIRE at 888.470.1531, email [email protected] or visit myASPIREonline.com to learn more about support and referral services available.
Data shows that since the outbreak of COVID-19, domestic violence against women and girls has intensified. If you are in need of support, please visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline for information on speaking with a Hotline advocate – available to assist for free, 24/7.
Through our partnership with ASPIRE, you can speak with a professional clinician who can help you with any increased emotional stress you may be experiencing. The ASPIRE Student Assistance program is confidential and free to use for students and their family members.
For graduate and post-licensure students who are unable to continue in their courses due to extenuating circumstances related to COVID-19, and have reached out to the Student Services team to withdraw, Chamberlain University is offering A Caring Pause option that gives students the opportunity to take time off from their courses.
Please contact your student support advisor for more information or review the Chamberlain interim policies catalog addendum here. See the Caring Pause sections.