Accelerated BSN Clinical Rotations

As an ABSN student, you will complete various clinical rotations that allow you to gain practical experience caring for patients across the healthcare continuum. At PLU, you start clinicals in the first semester, and we arrange your clinical placements.

Your accelerated nursing clinicals take place in respected healthcare facilities, from hospitals to nursing homes to outpatient clinics, in and around Seattle. You will complete your clinical rotations at some of Seattle’s and Washington’s top hospitals, such as Providence Medical Center in Everett, Washington; and Evergreen Health in Kirkland, Washington.

The areas of nursing practice you can expect to cover include:

  • Adult health
  • Women and children
  • Mental health
  • Critical care
  • Community health
PLU nursing students talking in simulation lab

Clinicals are where you and your classmates perform tasks a nurse typically would in a given situation. While there are some tasks you cannot do as a student, we expect you to approach every clinical as if you were a nurse on duty. You can expect a student-instructor ratio of 8:1 for each of your rotations.

In the fourth and final semester of the program, you will work one-on-one with a preceptor in a specific practice area. You will work the same shifts as your preceptor and take an active, if not primary, role in patient care. By the time you graduate from our ABSN program, you will have gained 546 hours of real-world experience.

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Real World Preparation

Clinical rotations act as the bridge between nursing instruction and real-world practice, where you gain an invaluable understanding of working in a healthcare facility. During this time, you provide patient care under the guidance of a preceptor, gaining more independence as you progress through the program.

In healthcare facilities such as Providence Medical Center, Evergreen Health and clinics adjacent to our Lynnwood learning center, students receive a holistic, value-based education, in which they cultivate essential nursing skills that are instrumental in real-world patient care. Through clinical rotations, students learn to:

• Provide compassionate and dignified patient care
• Foster an altruistic perspective
• Advocate for patients and community health
• Develop and maintain a strong sense of ethics

Throughout this time, you work with the same staff, building relationships and networking with healthcare professionals in preparation for your future in nursing. Consider clinical rotations as a 16-month interview where you can pave the way to future employment post-graduation.

ABSN instructor speaking to nursing students in lab

For More Information

Contact us today to learn more about our clinical rotations in and around Seattle, Washington.