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. 

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 how we are ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our communities:


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 Reopening Plan PDF

New Jersey Residents Enrolled In An Online Program:
New Jersey Online Programs Reopening Plan PDF

As requested by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the following plan pertains to Chamberlain University’s Tysons Corner, Virginia campus. 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.

Tysons Corner 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.

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. 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.

Are Chamberlain campuses closed?

Online delivery of all BSN campus coursework has been extended through at least Saturday, October 24, 2020.

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.

Due to differences in local laws regarding the gradual reopening of public spaces, your campus may differ from other Chamberlain campuses. Please see below for the latest information on your campus.

Addison, Illinois; Charlotte, North Carolina.; Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Las Vegas, Nevada; New Orleans, Louisiana; North Brunswick, New Jersey; Sacramento, California; St. Louis, Missouri; Tinley Park, Illinois; Troy, Michigan; Tysons Corner, Virginia:
All coursework will continue online through at least October 24, 2020, and available clinicals will be offered. Fingerprinting, campus simulations and skills labs will resume.

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 Reopening Plan PDF

New Jersey Residents Enrolled In An Online Program:
New Jersey Online Programs Reopening Plan PDF

As requested by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the following plan pertains to Chamberlain University’s Tysons Corner, Virginia campus. 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.

Tysons Corner 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.

 


Atlanta, Georgia; Houston, Texas; Irving, Texas; Jacksonville, Florida; Miramar, Florida; Pearland, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; San Antonio, Texas:
All coursework will continue online through at least October 24, 2020, and available clinicals will be offered. Fingerprinting, campus simulations and skills labs will NOT resume at these locations. 

Columbus, Ohio:
All coursework will continue online through at least October 24, 2020, and available clinicals will be offered. Fingerprinting, campus simulations and skills labs will resume on a limited basis at the Columbus campus relocating to 4111 Worth Ave., Columbus, OH 43219 with the September session.
 

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. As you begin preparing for the September 2020 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 September 2020 session.

What can Chamberlain pre-licensure BSN students do while clinical sites are canceled?

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.

What can online students do while clinical sites are canceled?

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.

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.

How should Master of Social Work (MSW) students entering practicum in July and September sessions prepare, in light of COVID-19?

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

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. 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.

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 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

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 until further notice. 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 future sessions?

In an effort to minimize disruption and provide continuity, we have decided to extend remote learning activities through the September session which ends on Saturday, October 24, 2020. Please watch your email for communications on future sessions, which we will update as the situation evolves.

Interim Transcript Policy Questions

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
500 Monroe St
Suite 28
Chicago, IL 60661

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]

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.

What if I cannot get my official transcripts?

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 May 2020, July 2020 and September 2020 sessions must submit all official documentation prior to the last day of the September 2020 session (October 24, 2020).     

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.

Where can I find information about Chamberlain’s interim policies that have been implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Information about Chamberlain’s interim policies are located within the Chamberlain interim policies catalog addendum at chamberlain.edu/catalog-addendum-interim-policies.

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 September 2020 and January 2021 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 offering our programs now and for the September 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 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.

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

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.

What if I decide to change my application to a different semester start date beyond January 2021?

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.

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 their respective email address or by calling 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 Microsoft Teams 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 future class starts?

Our current campus closure is in effect until Saturday, October 24, 2020. We will continue to offer online learning and our new class will still begin as scheduled, virtually.

Will new student orientation be canceled/delayed?

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

Student Resources FAQs

What financial resources are available to me during COVID-19?

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.

Are there any resources available to support my health and wellbeing during this time?

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.

Summer 2020 Commencement

Why is the February 2021 Commencement cancelled?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, it’s important that we continue to keep our communities healthy by practicing social distancing and avoiding any large gatherings. As such, we have determined it is critical to cancel the in-person graduation scheduled on February 26-27, 2021, in Schaumburg, Illinois. Your commencement ceremony will now be held virtually with more details to be provided in the coming weeks. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to cancel your travel and lodging arrangements for February 2021.

Will a virtual commencement ceremony take place?

Yes, the dates for your session-specific virtual commencement ceremony are below. Please continue to check your Chamberlain email regularly for more details including registering and accessing your virtual graduation.

July Session Commencement: October 24, 2020
September Session Commencement: December 5, 2020
November Session Commencement: January 30, 2021

Can I participate in a virtual ceremony outside of my graduating session?

We’ve created a wonderful experience for each cohort to celebrate specifically with their graduating class that will be recorded and available to view at your convenience on our YouTube channel.

If you do have an extenuating circumstance, please reach out to [email protected] to gain approval to attend another ceremony.

Can family and friends participate in the virtual graduation?

Yes! Your hard work deserves to be celebrated and we hope you will share your hard-earned accomplishment with family and friends. All graduates will receive instructions to participate in the virtual celebration, and how to invite family and friends to join.

While you celebrate with friends and family, we hope you will take into consideration the importance of social distancing measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

Is registration required?

Yes, student registration is required and details of how to register will be sent to your email from NameCoach, our graduation partner. The deadline for registration will ensure your information is featured during the virtual graduation ceremony. Please thoroughly read through all details of your registration email.

I did not receive an email to register. Who do I contact?

Please contact [email protected]erlain.edu for specific questions and include your D# and graduation date.

Will I be able to upload a photo during registration?

Yes, please upload a photo in business casual attire when you complete your registration via NameCoach.

Will names be read aloud during the ceremony?

Yes, students will provide phonetic spelling of their names during registration and names will be read aloud during the ceremony.

Will my honor distinction be featured in the ceremony?

Yes, your hard work deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated and your honor distinction will be featured. Please note the following distinctions per degree:

DNP, MSN and MPH Degrees:
3.85 – 3.99 CGPA are recognized as With Distinction Honors
4.0 CGPA are recognized as With High Distinction Honors

RN to BSN Degrees:
3.5 + are recognized as President’s Honors

Will the virtual ceremony be recorded?

Yes, the virtual ceremony will be uploaded to our YouTube channel following the live stream broadcast.

I am having technical difficulties recording my name in NameCoach.
Can I walk in a future in-person ceremony?

Yes! We want to celebrate your accomplishment with you, your family and friends during the more timely virtual celebration, and you will be invited to walk at a future in-person ceremony when government-recommended guidelines and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) permit large scale, in-person gatherings. You will receive additional communications with details regarding the opportunity to walk in a future in-person ceremony closer to the event.

Can I order regalia?

Yes, you may order regalia from the Jostens website. Students wanting to purchase regalia in time for the virtual graduation ceremony must purchase six weeks in advance of your session-specific ceremony.

July Session Virtual Graduation: October 24, 2020

  • Regalia Order Deadline: September 12, 2020

September Session Virtual Graduation: December 5, 2020

  • Regalia Order Deadline: October 24, 2020

November Session Virtual Graduation: January 30, 2021

  • Regalia Order Deadline: December 19, 2020

The Josten’s website will remain open for any students wanting to purchase regalia outside of that time, but please note that it may not be delivered in time for the ceremony.

Will I receive my diploma cover?

You may purchase a diploma cover on the Chamberlain Shop at chamberlainshop.com > Graduation > Chamberlain University Items.

Will I receive my honor cords?

Students attending the virtual graduation ceremony will receive honor cords. Due to shipping delays as a result of COVID-19, the cords are not guaranteed to deliver by the ceremony date.

Students not attending the virtual graduation may still purchase honor cords on the Chamberlain Shop at chamberlainshop.com > Graduation > Chamberlain University Items.

RN to BSN

President's Honors, Gold and White Honor Cord
3.5 CGPA and above

MSN, MPH, DNP

With Distinction, Teal and White Honor Cord
3.85 - 3.99 CGPA

With High Distinction, Blue and White Honor Cord
4.0 CGPA

Will I still receive a program?

Yes, a complimentary, digital, session-specific program will be available on the graduation website on your graduation day.

Will I be refunded or compensated for any of my travel-related costs?

The circumstances of this global pandemic are affecting travelers and events everywhere. We do not have the authority to change reservation terms or order refunds. However, most major hotel brands and airlines are working with travelers on refunds, credits or no-charge changes. We encourage you to reach out to the travel company you booked with directly to determine what options are available to you.