About Chamberlain

Chamberlain HistoryOur mission is to educate, empower and embolden diverse healthcare professionals who advance the health of people, families, communities and nations. For over 125 years, Chamberlain College of Nursing has been at the forefront of excellence in nursing education.

Our roots go back to the Deaconess tradition of 19th-century Europe. Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, studied at a Deaconess facility in Germany and later applied the concepts she learned to her nursing practice. In 1889, an evangelical pastor in St. Louis, Missouri, proposed establishing healthcare services based on the Deaconess model to address the needs of the local community. Those services evolved into the Deaconess School of Nursing and, later, the Deaconess College of Nursing.

In March 2005, DeVry Education Group acquired Deaconess. A term of the acquisition agreement required DeVry Group to change the name of the school. The chosen name, Chamberlain, is derived from the Middle English word “chaumberlein,” which means “chief steward” – in recognition of the critical role of the nurse as the central steward and coordinator of patient care.

Chamberlain currently offers a three-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and flexible post-licensure programs such as the RN to BSN Degree Completion Option, Master of Science in Nursing degree program, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program and graduate certificates. As the needs of the healthcare industry continue to evolve, Chamberlain remains committed to graduating extraordinary healthcare professionals who transform healthcare worldwide.

Today, Chamberlain has 20 campuses and a network of more than 21,000 alumni and 25,000 students. Our faculty and staff create an academic culture in which colleagues and students thrive and that cultivates extraordinary graduates.