May 7, 2013
Chamberlain College of Nursing and Catholic Health Initiatives Establish Education Program
Program encourages nurses to pursue advanced educational opportunitiesDOWNERS GROVE, Ill. & ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Chamberlain College of Nursing and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health system, announced a new education program that provides CHI nurses with an educational partner tuition rate for Chamberlain's post licensure online programs. The program expands access to Chamberlain's post licensure educational programs for nurses across the CHI system, which includes more than 75 hospitals, 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities and health-services organizations across 17 states. CHI offers health services at diverse clinical sites ranging from major regional medical centers to critical access hospitals in rural locations.
The role of nurse has expanded to address the evolving healthcare system. As a result, educational requirements have risen for many nursing positions. Recent data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing shows that nearly 40 percent of employers require new-hire nurses to have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) and more than 75 percent of employers strongly prefer BSN-prepared nurses1. Chamberlain's new education program with CHI gives nurses within the health system additional opportunities to advance their education, improving their career opportunities and strengthening the system's workforce.
"Professional development and education advancement are integral parts of our system's culture," said Patrick Patton, vice president of Catholic Health Initiatives. "Through our program with Chamberlain, CHI nurses have a great opportunity to advance their skills and enhance the delivery of healthcare in our facilities."
Through this opportunity, CHI nurses who meet Chamberlain's admission requirements can now receive an educational partner tuition rate for Chamberlain's RN to BSN online degree option, RN-BSN to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) online option, MSN degree program, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program and graduate certificate programs*. Benefits also include a waived application fee and a designated Chamberlain admissions representative who will provide enrollment assistance specifically for CHI nurses.
"Chamberlain is committed to advancing the standards of nursing education and practice while facilitating the transformation of healthcare," said Dr. W. Richard Cowling, vice president of academic affairs for Chamberlain College of Nursing. "Our education program with CHI brings expanded access to post licensure degree programs to nurses in a range of healthcare delivery environments across the country, furthering nursing excellence in each of their communities."
For more information about Chamberlain College of Nursing, visit chamberlain.edu. For more information about Catholic Health Initiatives, visit www.catholichealthinitiatives.org.
* Program availability varies by location
About Chamberlain College of Nursing
For over 120 years, Chamberlain College of Nursing has been at the forefront of excellence in nursing education. Chamberlain is increasing access to nursing education nationwide with campuses offering the three year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and flexible online programs like the RN to BSN option, Master of Science in Nursing degree program, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program and Graduate Certificates.
Chamberlain College of Nursing is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, ncahlc.org. HLC is one of the six regional agencies that accredit U.S. colleges and universities at the institutional level. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and the Master of Science in Nursing degree program are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791). The Associate Degree in Nursing program at the Columbus location is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.975.5000). Accreditation provides assurance to the public and to prospective students that standards of quality have been met.
Program availability varies by location. Chamberlain reserves the right to update information as it becomes available. Information is current at the time of posting. For the most updated accreditation information, visit chamberlain.edu/accreditation. Comprehensive consumer information is available at chamberlain.edu/studentconsumerinfo.
Chamberlain College of Nursing, LLC is a part of DeVry Inc. (NYS: DV) , a global provider of educational services. ©2013 Chamberlain College of Nursing, LLC. All rights reserved. chamberlain.edu.
About Catholic Health Initiatives
Catholic Health Initiatives is a national nonprofit health system with headquarters in Englewood, Colo. The faith-based system operates in 17 states and includes 78 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; two accredited nursing colleges; and home health agencies. In fiscal year 2012, CHI provided more than $715 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With total annual revenues of more than $10.7 billion and approximately 83,000 employees, CHI ranks as the nation's second-largest faith-based health system.
1 Annual Survey of Institutions with Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Nursing. Rep. American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 22 Mar. 2012. Web. http://www.aacn.nche.edu/research-data/standard-data-reports.
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