Practice Experiences

photo of a nurse with a logbookThe Community Health Nursing course and Advanced Clinical Experience course are completed near the end of the program and require practice experience hours that must be completed in addition to the online courses.

All students must meet health requirements and pass a criminal background check prior to the start of their practice experience. The criminal background check should be completed no more than six months in advance through CertifiedBackground.com.

The student and the college can view the results of the background check on CertifiedBackground.com's secure and tamper-proof website.

Time Requirements

Please plan in advance how you will accommodate practice experience hours in your present work schedule. Many facilities have specific business hours on Monday through Friday only.

Students can request preferred days, but sites often have limited availability and may even insist on a specific day. Students are responsible for identifying potential practice experience placements and discussing these with the clinical coordinator well in advance (six months or more).

The clinical coordinator may assist with practice experience placements but such placements are not guaranteed.

NUR-204084 Community Health Nursing

Be prepared to spend approximately 12 hours per week for the next 15 weeks completing the course requirements for this 4 credit course.

The course requirements include, a practice component that is fulfilled by completing 60 hours working a preceptor in a community setting and 30 hours completing a community health assessment. In addition to this practice component, you will spend approximately 90 hours engaged in online course work.

NUR-204095 Advanced Clinical Experience

Be prepared to spend approximately 15 hours per week for the next 15 weeks completing the requirements for this 5 credit course.

The course requirements include, a practice component that is fulfilled by completing 90 hours working a preceptor in a clinical setting and 45 hours completing a clinical project. In addition to this practice component, you will spend approximately 90 hours engaged in online course work.