Academic Catalog

All Degree Programs & Program Options - Admission Requirements

English-Language Proficiency

All instruction and services are provided in English. English language services are not provided. Applicants must prove English proficiency by providing evidence of one of the following:

  • Having received the degree required for admission to Chamberlain in which the language of instruction was English
  • Having scored at least 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); having scored at least 213 on the computer-based TOEFL; or having scored at least 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL
  • Having successfully completed four consecutive years of a secondary education, (i.e., high school) or higher (i.e., post-secondary, bachelor's or master's), in which the language of instruction was English
  • Having successfully completed two consecutive years of a secondary education, (i.e., high school), in which the language of instruction was English (Navigate to Health Professions program students only)
  • Having completed at least the equivalent of 48 semester credit hours with a CGPA of 2.75 for the undergraduate programs or 2.0 undergraduate post-licensure programs and 3.0 for the graduate programs, at a post-secondary institution in which the language of instruction was English (excluding Remedial, Developmental and English-As-A-Second-Language [ESL] courses)
  • Having achieved an overall band score of at least 6.5 and no lower than 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination
  • Having honorably served a minimum of three years of active military service in any branch of the Armed Forces
  • Having honorably served a minimum of three years in any reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States, to include the Air National Guard
  • Having successfully completed secondary or post-secondary education from a country where English is identified as the official/native language of the country listed in the CIA World Factbook
  • Foreign prepared Registered Nurses who took the NCLEX-RN initial licensing exam in any of the states or territories except for American Samoa, or New York1
  • Having successfully completed a total of six semester credit hours in English Composition and/or English Speech Communication (or a combination of both) with a grade of C or better

Post-Licensure RN to BSN and graduate degree programs only.

Process for Applicants Graduating from Schools Without Chamberlain Recognized Accreditation

Chamberlain recognized accreditation includes state-approved high schools or institutions recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). For the RN to BSN option, this also includes schools recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDOE).

Home-schooled applicants and applicants from schools without one of the above mentioned recognitions will be evaluated to determine if the applicant’s education meets Chamberlain’s proof of graduation requirement. The criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • School curriculum must parallel the curriculum required of schools with Chamberlain recognized accreditation
  • For pre-licensure applicants, ACT, SAT or HESI Admission Assessment (A2) score will be considered
  • For applicants to the MPAS degree program, GRE scores will be considered

Taking into account the above criteria, the applicant will be evaluated and notified whether or not the student may proceed with the admission process.

If the curriculum is not determined to be equivalent to that of a state-approved high school or institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), a portfolio containing a profile of the school attended and additional information, such as samples of work demonstrating learning outcomes, may be required.

Non-Degree-Seeking Students

In unique circumstances, an individual may desire enrollment in a particular course. Permission to enroll as a non-degree-seeking student is granted on an individual basis for all programs, except the MPAS degree program, and students enrolling in clinical nursing courses must seek approval prior to registration. A non-degree-seeking student is not considered accepted into any Chamberlain program or program option and is ineligible for career services, housing assistance, part-time employment assistance, U.S. Veterans Administration benefits, federal, state or provincial financial aid assistance. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for Dean's List or Honor Roll recognition or Chamberlain scholarships.

Applicants are ineligible to enroll as non-degree seeking students in courses in a Chamberlain program from which they were dismissed for failure to meet standards of academic progress at the time of last enrollment. Non-degree-seeking applicants must meet criteria for prior education, proof of English language proficiency and licensure if required by the program, unless otherwise specified in a scholarship, grant or articulation program. Students should note that grades earned in courses completed in non-degree seeking status will impact the student’s cumulative grade point average (CGPA). Students are expected to comply with academic policies, including attendance, coursework completion, interruption of studies and withdrawal processes. A maximum of 16 attempted semester credit hours may be completed as a non-degree-seeking student.