Clinicals are an opportunity for you to gain "on-the-job" experience in real work settings. Here, you will work in a health care facilities, such as a hospital or nursing home, apply specific motor skills, knowledge, and techniques you learned in the classroom.
From the very first day, you will be assigned to patients and providing them with care, based on the level of your ability. There will be an instructor available to give guidance and to answer questions. You will be doing the same thing the nurses beside you are doing. As your skills grow, so will your responsibility. At the end of the program you will have the experience and confidence to perform on the job at the same level as the nurses around you.
Many of the clinical sites are in the Berrien County but can reach as far north as South Haven and as far south as LaPorte, IN. Because clinicals are held in operating health care facilities, a strict attendance policy is in place and you must be able to work your schedule around the hours set for you.
In the first semester of nursing courses, classes and clinicals are held during the day. Beginning in the second semester of nursing courses, classes are still held during the day but clinicals can be scheduled from 7 am - 3 pm or 3 pm - 11 pm. Typically, you will work two, 8-hours shifts per week in the RN program, and three to four, 8-hour shifts per week during the spring and summer of the LPN program.