Chamberlain University & Ochsner Open Nursing program in New Orleans
Chamberlain University and Ochsner Health System entered an educational alliance agreement that includes the opening of a new Chamberlain University campus on the West Campus of Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. Chamberlain is now accepting applications for admission to spring semester classes, which begin April 30, 2018.
Chamberlain’s new campus will be its first in Louisiana and will join 20 other Chamberlain locations across the United States. The campus will offer an on-site, three-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program. The new campus will expand baccalaureate nursing education opportunities in New Orleans and help addressing the current nursing shortage in the city.
The alliance with Chamberlain will extend beyond the typical clinical affiliation agreement to focus on improving patient care through strong academic-service collaboration in areas such as evidence-based practice, nursing research, interprofessional education and care teams, and testing new models for transitioning students into nursing practice.
Chamberlain’s New Orleans campus will feature Chamberlain’s SIMCARE CENTER™, providing simulated patient care in clinical learning environments for students and Ochsner healthcare professionals. A Center for Academic Success will deliver comprehensive academic resources and support on-site for students.
The Chamberlain BSN program is different from many, according to the school, in that it provides direct entry into a nursing program, which is ideal for new students exploring the nursing field as well as for those considering a career change. Chamberlain’s BSN program is designed to be completed in as few as three years of year-round study instead of the traditional four years with summers off. The Chamberlain curriculum incorporates liberal arts and nursing coursework in a program that provides the education and skills necessary to prepare competent and caring nursing professionals.
“Ochsner acknowledges the dire need for nurses and their important contribution to the healthcare industry not only within our institution, but across the state,” said Tracey Moffatt, RN, Vice President of Quality and Chief Nursing Officer for Ochsner Health System. “This affiliation creates a unique and proactive opportunity to fulfill that need through a new program that encompasses interdisciplinary learning and simulation training that supports clinical experiences for nursing students.”
In an effort to encourage lifelong learning, Chamberlain University will offer Ochsner nurses a variety of post-licensure degree programs including the RN–BSN degree completion option, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Registered nurses within the Ochsner Health System will receive special tuition pricing for these programs.
For more about Chamberlain University’s New Orleans campus or to apply for spring semester classes, visit www.chamberlain.edu/neworleans or call 504-565-7995.