Frequently Asked Questions Regarding The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Acquisition of Dallas Nursing Institute

Effective July 10, 2020, Dallas Nursing Institute will officially become the College of Nursing and Advanced Health Professions at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. This will provide future professionals in the health care sector an innovative, integrated, and interprofessional education capable of connecting multiple facets of health. Below we have provided answers to frequently asked questions for prospective students, current students, and alumni.

What is The Chicago School of Professional Psychology?

Founded in 1979, this nonprofit, accredited institution provides education rooted in a commitment to innovation, service, and community for thousands of students across the U.S. and internationally.

To spark positive change where it matters most in the world, The Chicago School has expanded its academic offerings beyond the field of psychology and offers degrees and certificates in the professional fields of nursing, health services, public health, education, counseling, business, and more.

Through its engaged-professional model of education and an extensive network of professional partnerships, students receive extensive opportunities for hands-on training in underserved communities. This allows graduates to build an extensive resume while also making an immediate impact in local communities from the moment they enroll.

Why is Dallas Nursing Institute being acquired by The Chicago School?

Dallas Nursing Institute’s acquisition by The Chicago School of Professional Psychology supports a broader mission of preparing graduates to bring health and wellness to underserved communities through guidance, compassion, and excellence. Past, present, and future students will benefit from the reputation, national presence, regional WASC accreditation status, study abroad opportunities, interprofessional education model, community partnerships, and professional network of The Chicago School. Through the significant improvement in resources available, students will now be provided with dynamic, hands-on training from an interdisciplinary perspective that can give them a competitive edge in their field.

Where would my degree, certificate, or transcript be from?

Students who successfully complete a program after the expected acquisition close of July 10, 2020, will receive a diploma and transcript from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Where will the College of Nursing and Advanced Health Professions campus be located?

Dallas Nursing Institute and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology already share the same campus in Richardson, Texas. This means that all courses will continue to be offered at the same location (2101 Waterview Pkwy., Suite 100, Richardson, TX 75080) in addition to online course offerings.

I am not familiar with The Chicago School and am not sure if I want to continue my enrollment. What are my options?

We completely understand your concern and advise you to set up some time to talk through your concerns with an admissions representative. They will be able to inform you of next steps should you choose not to move forward. You can schedule a time to speak with an admissions representative at 888.201.8806.

If I’m still interested in admission as a new student after the acquisition, what are the next steps?

If you wish to continue to pursue admission as a nursing student after the acquisition, you only should apply through The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Your scheduled start date will remain the same, assuming all of the admissions requirements are met and you receive formal acceptance into your desired program of study.

Does this change the admissions process, requirements, or documentation required for enrollment?

No. Neither the admissions process nor the requirements for admission into your desired program of study will change as a result of the acquisition.

Will my program requirements change due to the acquisition?

There is no intention to change the academic requirements of any nursing program at this time. Any program changes would be part of a normal academic review process and at the recommendation of the academic department. Your academic department is not currently proposing any changes.

Can I change programs to a current program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology?

It might be possible to change programs to another program currently offered at The Chicago School. However, it is important to remember that The Chicago School’s Dallas Campus does not currently offer all of the same programs as other campus locations throughout the U.S. Additionally, you will still be required to meet all admissions requirements for the program into which you are interested in enrolling. It will be important that you speak with a financial aid counselor to be informed of any financial responsibilities related to changing programs.

Will my programs continue to be regulated and approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and the Texas Workforce Commission?

Yes, after the acquisition, your programs will continue to be regulated by both the Texas Board of Nursing and the Texas Workforce Commission.

Will my schedule change?

The Chicago School intends to continue using Dallas Nursing Institute’s current academic calendar for currently enrolled students in both the LVN and ADN programs. Over time, the DNI academic calendar will be aligned with The Chicago School academic calendar. Any changes will be communicated at that point in time.

Will my tuition and fees change?

There are no planned changes to tuition and fees as a result of the acquisition. The Chicago School engages in an annual review process to determine if an increase in tuition and fees is necessary, and therefore reserves the right to make changes to its tuition, fees, and charges as appropriate. Changes to tuition and fees are typically made in advance of the next academic year when they take effect and will be communicated accordingly.

Will the acquisition affect my ability to take the NCLEX?

None of the eligibility criteria that you must meet in order to sit for the NCLEX is impacted by the acquisition.

Is The Chicago School accredited?

Yes, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

What does regional accreditation mean? 

Accreditation is the primary means by which colleges, universities, and programs assure quality to students and the public. Accrediting organizations are grouped by type, including regional accreditors and national accreditors. Regional accreditors accredit public and private, mainly nonprofit and degree-granting, two- and four-year institutions. If you have more specific questions about the differences, please contact an admissions representative at 888.201.8806 and they will work with the appropriate individuals to answer your questions.

Will the programs continue to be accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)?

After the expected acquisition close date on July 10, 2020, DNI will surrender its accreditation status with ABHES. Thereafter, the programs previously offered by DNI will be covered by The Chicago School’s regional accreditation status with WSCUC.

Will the acquisition affect the institution’s relationships with clinical sites?

We do not anticipate any disruption to the relationships with clinical sites or your clinical experiences.

Will the acquisition affect the institution’s ability to secure new clinical training sites?

Securing clinical training sites is at the discretion of the site and therefore is never a guarantee. That said, we believe that The Chicago School’s national presence, regional accreditation status, and community partnerships can only enhance the likelihood of increasing the number of sites we can pursue.

Will this change the services provided to students?

No, the services available to students will remain in place after the acquisition.