Chamberlain College of Nursing’s Phoenix Campus Celebrates Its First Graduating Class

PHOENIX--()--Chamberlain College of Nursing’s Phoenix campus celebrated its first graduating class of Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree students last month. All of the graduates have passed the national nursing licensing exam (NCLEX-RN), which means Chamberlain has a current 100 percent first time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN. The Chamberlain campus, which opened in March 2008, currently enrolls more than 300 students and is committed to preparing clinically proficient and compassionate nurses who can help address the state’s growing nursing shortage.

Jamie Spiezio was among the recent graduates. Spiezio previously graduated from DeVry University in Phoenix and served in the U.S. Navy. While recovering from an injury in the Navy, Spiezio developed a deep appreciation and respect for the healthcare team that treated him. His interaction with his physicians and nurses jumpstarted Spiezio’s interest in nursing and led him to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at Chamberlain College of Nursing. Upon his recent graduation, Spiezio received a commission from the U.S. Navy and is currently completing the Medical Enlisted Program in Bethesda, Md.

“We’re honored to have watched these graduates grow as highly competent skilled nurses through their education at Chamberlain,” said Dr. Kim LaMar, dean of Chamberlain College of Nursing’s Phoenix campus. “Jamie’s commitment as a student and lifelong learner is inspiring to his family, peers and instructors, as well as to future generations of Chamberlain graduates.”

Spiezio recalls a specific moment at Chamberlain where it became clear he had chosen the correct career path. “I was doing a clinical rotation in adult health, and surveying a 17-year-old homeless boy who was in for jaw surgery and about to have his mouth wired shut. The hospital was worried that his shelter would not be able to provide a proper recovery environment, so I called in the social worker. The social worker tried to engage the boy, but to no avail. I sat down in front of him and said, ‘Now tell me everything you didn’t tell her.’ The boy giggled, opened up and confided in me information that the hospital later used to find members of the boy’s family to assist with and oversee his recovery.”

Spiezio remembers being the very first student on the Phoenix campus, and is thankful every day for his decision to become part of the Chamberlain family. He credits his instructors for shaping him into the student, nurse and individual he is today.

Chamberlain’s Phoenix campus offers an on-site Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program that can be completed in three years of year-round study instead of the typical four years with summers off. Chamberlain’s three-year program enables students to enter the workforce sooner. For registered nurses, Chamberlain also offers a RN-BSN Online Degree Completion Program as well as a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program, which prepares nurses to become nurse educators or executives.

For more information about Chamberlain College of Nursing or its Phoenix campus, visit www.chamberlain.edu or call 888-556-8226.

About Chamberlain College of Nursing

Chamberlain College of Nursing offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in nursing. Campuses are currently located in Phoenix, Arizona, Jacksonville, Florida, Addison and Chicago, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri, Columbus, Ohio, and Arlington, Virginia.

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, IL and Arlington, VA campuses are approved by HLC. Inclusion of the Chicago and Arlington campuses for degree-granting authority within the accreditation relationship will be reviewed by HLC in the fall of 2010. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at the Addison, Columbus, Jacksonville, Phoenix, and St. Louis campuses is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at the St. Louis and Columbus campuses and the Associate of Science in Nursing degree program at the Columbus campus are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404-975-5000). The Arlington and Chicago campuses are pursuing programmatic accreditation for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. Chamberlain College of Nursing is certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, 101 N. 14th Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23219, 804-225-2600. The Virginia Board of Nursing has provided Chamberlain College of Nursing with the authority to advertise the program and to admit students to its Arlington campus location. Accreditation provides assurance to the public and to prospective students that standards of quality have been met. Program availability varies by location. For more information about Chamberlain College of Nursing please visit www.chamberlain.edu or call 888-556-8CCN (8226).

Chamberlain College of Nursing LLC is a part of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), a global provider of educational services.

Contacts

Jamie Crain
Jasculca/Terman and Associates, Inc.
for Chamberlain College of Nursing
P: (312) 573-5484
Jamie_crain@jtpr.com

Release Summary

Chamberlain College of Nursing’s Phoenix campus celebrated its first graduating class of Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree students last month.

Contacts

Jamie Crain
Jasculca/Terman and Associates, Inc.
for Chamberlain College of Nursing
P: (312) 573-5484
Jamie_crain@jtpr.com