College’s second Illinois location will increase access to quality nursing education for city’s aspiring nurses
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- For the first time, the U.S. Department of Labor has identified registered nursing as the top occupation in terms of job growth through the year 2016. Yet in Illinois alone, the state’s Department of Public Health predicts a shortage of 21,000 nurses by 2020. In response to this growing need, Chamberlain College of Nursing announced today that it will expand nursing educational opportunities in Illinois by opening a new campus location in the city of Chicago.
Earlier this year, the City of Chicago asked DeVry Inc., Chamberlain’s parent organization, to join a task force charged with addressing Chicago’s growing nursing shortage. The opening of Chamberlain’s Chicago campus is a great example of the private sector and the public sector working together to address the healthcare needs and the economy of Chicago.
“Illinois and the city of Chicago in particular, need increased access to high quality nursing education,” said Susan Groenwald, president of Chamberlain College of Nursing. “Chamberlain’s new campus in Chicago will allow us to help communities throughout the state respond to the critical shortage of nurses that will only intensify as Baby Boomers age and the need for quality healthcare grows.”
The Chicago campus will offer an onsite Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program that can be completed in three years instead of the typical four allowing students to enter the workforce and begin earning a salary sooner than their peers at other higher education institutions. The new campus location is the 120-year-old nursing college’s second campus in Illinois and sixth nationwide. “With each new campus, Chamberlain College of Nursing continues to expand its role as a strong advocate for the nursing profession, striving to honor nurses and raise awareness for healthcare causes, the national need for nurses and the need to improve the quality of healthcare,” said Groenwald.
In combination with its Addison, Ill. Campus, which opened in 2008, the new location will allow Chamberlain to reach aspiring nursing students throughout the city and suburbs. The 19,300 square-foot Chamberlain facility features state-of-the-art nursing skills laboratories, including a simulation lab comprised of an intensive care unit, a coronary care unit, an obstetrics area and pediatric beds, as well as two general skills labs and a health assessment lab. Chamberlain students will benefit from a student-centric learning environment enhanced by small class sizes, personalized attention from faculty, diversified clinical learning opportunities and a singular focus on preparing nurses for successful careers.
“At Chamberlain, I get considerable one-on-one time with teachers and advisors-- even the dean,” said Natalie Suwinski, a student at Chamberlain’s Addison campus. “They care about me as a person; I’m not just a number to them, and that really makes a difference.”
The College is currently accepting applications for its first summer class session, which will begin July 5, 2010. Open houses for prospective students will be held from 5–7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13; Thursday, April 29; Tuesday, May 11; and Thursday, June 3.
For more information about Chamberlain College of Nursing or to enroll in classes, call 888-556-8CCN (8226) or visit www.chamberlain.edu/Chicago.
Chamberlain College of Nursing is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC), www.ncahlc.org, one of the six regional agencies that accredit U.S. colleges and universities at the institutional level. Courses at the Chicago campus are approved by HLC. Inclusion of the Chicago campus for degree-granting authority within the accreditation relationship will be reviewed through a September 2010 site visit from HLC. The Chicago campus is pursuing CCNE accreditation for the bachelor of science in nursing degree program. Accreditation provides assurance to the public and to prospective students that standards of quality have been met.
About Chamberlain College of Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing offers bachelor's, master’s and degree completion programs in nursing. Program availability varies by location. Campuses are located in St. Louis, Missouri; Columbus, Ohio; Phoenix, Arizona; Addison (Chicago), Illinois and Jacksonville, Florida. Chamberlain's nursing programs have a strong historical foundation, broad general education background and extensive clinical practice that culminate in compassionate and clinically proficient graduates. Chamberlain College of Nursing is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (ncahlc.org), one of the six regional agencies that accredit U.S. colleges and universities at the institutional level. The bachelor's degree program in nursing at the Addison, Columbus, Phoenix and St. Louis campuses is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The bachelor's degree programs in nursing at the St. Louis campus and the bachelor’s and associate degree programs at the Columbus campus are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Accreditation provides assurance to the public and to prospective students that standards of quality have been met.
Chamberlain College of Nursing is a division of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), a global provider of educational services.
For more information about Chamberlain College of Nursing, visit www.chamberlain.edu.
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