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 the largest nursing school 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. 

Please know that Chamberlain is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving public health situation and is taking necessary precautions to lower the risk of exposure and doing 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.

We appreciate your dedication and support during this unprecedented time, and we will continue to update you as new information is available.  

Below is an update on some ways we are ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our communities:

Frequently Asked Questions

Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

What is novel coronavirus?

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), commonly known as a coronavirus, is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. For additional information visit the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website

What are the symptoms?

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

What precautions is Chamberlain taking to prevent members of its campus community from exposure to COVID-19?

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.

All 22 BSN campus locations are closed through at least Saturday, June 27, 2020, and we are delivering pre-licensure classes through an online learning format to keep students on track for graduation. 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.

Are Chamberlain campuses closed?

Yes, after careful consideration regarding the public health situation, we have closed all 22 BSN campus locations and have decided to extend remote learning activities for an additional two weeks through at least June 27, 2020.

For Current Students

Clinical and Practicum Site FAQs

What about clinical and practicum sites?

Our clinical partners’ main priority is to maintain a safe environment for students, their patients and staff. In light of the public heath situation of COVID-19, all clinical and practicum sites discontinued services until further notice in an effort to minimize the chance of exposure. Students have been notified about specifics regarding their clinical or practicum site.

What can Chamberlain students do while clinical sites are canceled?

Our campus 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.

What can online students do while clinical sites are canceled?

We have developed a continuity plan for this clinical experience. Students should reach out to their faculty leaders for an alternative clinical experience to remain on track with their education.

What can Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN FNP) students do while practicum sites are canceled?

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.

MSN FNP Intensive Review Session/ Immersion Assignment FAQs

Is the MSN FNP in-person intensive review session still taking place?

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. Additional information regarding this assignment will be shared in the coming weeks.

Is the MSN FNP immersion assignment still taking place?

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. The immersion physical assessment test-off will still be required as an assignment and offered virtually. Additional information regarding this assignment will be posted for students in the coming weeks. Please continue to check email and your course frequently for other immersion experience options and further communication given the fluidity of current events.

MSN/DNP Evaluations FAQs

Will there still be an MSN formative and summative evaluations for practicum students?

Due to the discontinuation of practicum experiences at many of our practicum sites, we have suspended the formative and summative evaluations for the MSN practicum students. Students are not required to submit their mentor’s evaluation forms and there will be no impact on course completion.

Will there still be a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) required mid-term and final preceptor evaluations for the March session?

Due to the increasing demands on our DNP students, preceptors and practicum sites, we have suspended the required mid-term and final preceptor evaluations for all DNP Project and Practicum courses for the March 2020 session. Students will not be required to submit their preceptor’s evaluation forms and there will be no impact on the student’s course completion. For additional information please reach out to the DNP Administration team at [email protected].

Upcoming Sessions FAQs

Do you expect COVID-19 to impact the start of the May 2020 session?

In an effort to minimize disruption and provide continuity, we have decided to extend remote learning activities through the May session which ends on Saturday, June 27, 2020.

For New BSN Students

BSN Admissions FAQs

Given the current public health situation, what can I do about applying to Chamberlain?

You can begin or continue your admission process. We will continue to work with our applicants for the May and September 2020 class starts. You have already taken a significant step towards 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.

I’m not yet a student and am wondering how Chamberlain will operate during this public health situation?

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. Our simulation labs and clinical experiences have also been moved to an online format. We are well-suited to continue to offer our programs now and for the May 2020 class start with these modalities in place if necessary. We have excellent experiential, online opportunities that allow for an engaged classroom and continuous, uninterrupted learning.

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’ve 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 BSN campus program.

How will I take my HESI Admission Assessment (A2)?

During this unprecedented time, we have decided it is in the best interest of our applicants to not require the entrance examination at this time while our campuses are temporarily closed. Your file will be reviewed by our Admission Committee based on your academic history and cumulative grade point average. This applies to any applicant who has not yet taken their A2 as of March 16, 2020 and any new applicants up until our campuses reopen.

Will I need to take my HESI Admission Assessment (A2) at a future date?

If you are deemed academically eligible by the admission committee, we will require that you take the HESI A2 Admission Assessment at a later date, prior to the end of the May 2020 session. The results of your A2 will not impact your enrollment, however, A2 testing must be completed in order to register for future sessions. New students deemed academically eligible during this period who do not take the A2 as part of their admission file may be strongly recommended to enroll in our University Seminar course. University Seminar was designed to build a strong foundation and prepare you for success in rigorous coursework in our Pre-Licensure BSN program. We are offering this course as a part of a multi-faceted success plan, and no tuition will be charged.

Will a “C” in my Science course(s) still transfer in?

Students who have “C” grades in their Science coursework may also enroll in University Seminar for Science course transfer consideration. If students “Satisfactorily” complete the University Seminar course, they will receive transfer credit for previous Science courses in which they earned a "C".

Once the campuses reopen, or a virtual proctoring solution becomes available through Chamberlain, all applicants deemed academically eligible will be required to take the HESI A2 Admission Assessment at a later date. The results of the A2 may be used to determine transfer credit in accordance with our current transfer credit policy.

Once the campuses reopen, or a virtual proctoring solution becomes available through Chamberlain, the Proficiency test can also be taken.

How do I submit official paper transcripts since the campus is closed?

Please instruct your previous institution(s) to send all official transcripts 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]. Chamberlain can use the unofficial transcript you provide so you can continue progressing in the admission process.

What if the institution I requested transcripts from is closed? Will that affect my admission process?

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.

Will the Admission Committee still meet while campuses are closed?

Yes. Our Admission Committees still meet virtually on a regular basis.

How do I initiate my drug/background/fingerprint screenings?

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. You can obtain fingerprints on the campus as soon as we resume normal operations. 

How do I contact my admission representative?

Our Admission teams are still available to serve you. You can reach your admission representative directly by email or phone – 877.751.5783.

I have an interview/pre-enrollment/testing appointment, will that be rescheduled?

No. Your scheduled appointment will still take place virtually over the phone and with a WebEx option. Your admission representative will reach out to you directly with this information. Please plan to keep your scheduled time available.

If the campuses remain closed longer than anticipated, how will that affect the May 2020 class start?

Our current campus closure is in effect until Saturday, June 27, 2020. We will continue to offer online learning and our new class will still begin in May, virtually.

Will new student orientation be canceled/delayed?

New Student Orientations will be held virtually via WebEx during the regularly scheduled date and time.