Accelerated BSN Clinicals at Local Health Care Facilities
Unlike with many professions — where you don’t get real-life work experience until starting your first job — it is essential that you receive actual clinical experience as part of your nursing education. For your Accelerated BSN clinical rotations, we have teamed up with the area’s top health care facilities so you receive the best possible real-world patient-care experiences, as well as valuable exposure to potential employers.
With a wealth of clinical placement hours at a variety of health care providers, you’ll graduate from our 16-month Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing ready for a life-changing and emotionally rewarding career. You’ll also finish our ABSN ready to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®) — the nationwide exam all nursing graduates must pass in order to practice as a licensed, registered nurse.
To ensure you gain this diverse, real-world nursing experience over such an accelerated time frame, you’ll begin attending clinical placements your very first semester. Don’t worry, though, you won’t start providing advanced care until later in the curriculum.
Real-World Nursing Experiences that Align with Your Coursework
Clinicals, like skills and simulation labs, provide countless opportunities to put the nursing theory lessons of your online coursework into practice. Only with clinical rotations, the patients aren’t high-tech medical manikins but real people.
Still, that doesn’t mean you’ll be inserting IVs or evaluating patients’ responses to intensive care interventions right from the get-go. At first, you’ll play more of an observational role emphasizing the documentation of care and skills needed to maintain and promote health within adult and geriatric populations. Other skills you’ll focus on at the beginning of your nursing clinical experience include safe patient-handling practices and assisting patients with activities of daily living (ADLs).
As the content of your online coursework becomes more complex, so too will your clinical experiences. Later in our accelerated BSN, you’ll find yourself taking on additional responsibilities and a more direct role with patients.
While the length of your clinical rotations will vary, you can expect to gain diverse nursing experiences and see firsthand what it means to provide holistic care in a number of practice settings, including:
- Adult Health
- Acute Care
- Long-term Care
Ready to answer the call of nursing? Contact an admissions counselor and find out if you Concordia University, St. Paul’s ABSN program — with locations in St. Paul, MN, and Portland, OR — is right for you.