With new students able to start every 16 weeks and classes starting every eight, Chamberlain students are regularly faced with their first day of a new class. And while course descriptions, advisors and fellow students can help fill in the blanks about a new class, some questions can still linger.

To help you with each new first day of class, we asked our Facebook fans what advice they would give to a student on their first day. Here are the most popular and most common answers. READ MORE

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Throughout their careers, nurse practitioners treat patients with all sorts of medical issues. But there are a few patient complaints which come up more often than others. One of those is the complaint of a non-specific headache.

As with any ailment, there are a few assessment steps which are universal and some which are specific to the nature of the problem itself.


As a student, it’s inevitable that you will have to demonstrate your knowledge by taking tests.

Online testing can differ from in-class testing in important ways. Online tests offer unique challenges including the need for stable Internet connections, a lack of a live professor to ask questions to and the possibility of not knowing how far along you are during the test.

The following tips can enhance your online testing success. Be sure to also check out our 17 Tips for Studying in Nursing School, submitted by students just like you.


If you’re looking into nursing college, you may have a lot of questions on your mind. Everything from, “When do classes start?” and, “Can I get financial aid?” all the way to, “I applied … now what?

You might also be wondering what courses you’ll take in nursing college.

Depending on your collegiate experience, you’ll likely take liberal arts and sciences courses as well classes focused solely on nursing and the skills you’ll need.

Here’s a general breakdown of what to expect in nursing college courses.


It’s completely normal to have anxiety during nursing school. Whether it’s a big test, a lab when your fellow students are watching or finding yourself faced with memorizing near-endless drug facts, worries and fears can creep in and take hold.

There’s no doubt that stresses outside of class in your day-to-day life can also contribute to anxiety you may feel while in school. Issues that involve work or family are among the most common causes of stress.

It’s important to recognize the times when you feel anxious and understand that there are steps you can take to help manage your anxiety.


The first day of nursing school is an exciting experience. There’s a lot to take in as you get settled into your classes, meet your professors and fellow students.

But there’s also a lot to learn; beyond what’s in your textbooks. Wouldn’t it be great to know which class will be the hardest? Or to already have tips on how to best take notes in pharmacology?

Earlier this year, we asked our fans on Facebook what advice they would give themselves if they could go back to their first day of nursing school.

Here are some of the top responses:


You’ve been accepted into nursing school and you’re eager to dive into your courses. For some students, one of the first classes, “The Fundamentals of Nursing,” can seem intimidating. But it’s really just another chance to show you’ve got what it takes.

“Students need help with all types of courses,” said Professional Nursing Tutor Nicole Woodby, “everything from the fundamentals to collaborative healthcare.”


Getting involved in extracurricular activities while in nursing school can help you expand your experience, make new friends and create professional connections.

Nelly Coto, BSN, RN and 2013 graduate from Chamberlain’s Houston campusknows this firsthand. She was involved in a number of extracurricular activities and groups which positively impacted her growth as a student. “Getting involved was great,” said Coto. “It let me dive right in to all things nursing and really helped me immerse myself in what it meant to be a nurse.”


Online classes are a great way to learn. Benefits for students include flexibility to attend class from wherever they have a computer and internet connection, access to course materials 24 hours a day and the ability to learn from an institution they might not otherwise have access to.

Still, many students may feel wary about learning outside the classroom.