Chatham University

RN-BSN Clinical Information

All students in the RN-BSN Program at Chatham University must complete three courses with clinical components in order to complete the program. The three courses with a clinical component are: NUR404, Community and Environmental Health Nursing; NUR408, Nursing in Underserved Populations; NUR499, Nursing Practicum. For NUR404 and NUR408 students are required to complete a 45-hour clinical experience and project while also completing the didactic portion of the course. These clinical experiences must take place in an area outside of their workplace where nursing care is provided. For NUR499 students are required to complete a 90-hour clinical experience and project while also completing the didactic portion of the course. This clinical is completed in the students’ place of employment.

All students need to complete a clinical experience in an appropriate agency and have a qualified preceptor. The RN-BSN Clinical Coordinator, Lora Walter MSN, RNC-NIC, is available to assist the student in finding a proper agency and preceptor and must approve all clinical agencies and preceptors. Preceptors must be currently licensed as a registered professional nurse in the state where the clinical occurs, hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or higher, be employed by the host clinical agency, be actively practicing at least 1000 hours per year in their position, and commit to helping the student achieve 45 or 90 hours of supervised clinical for the experience depending on the course the student is enrolled in.

All students enrolling in a course with a clinical component need to contact Lora Walter once they have enrolled in the course to begin making arrangements. Students will need to have all clinical arrangements in place and pre-clinical requirements completed 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the course. Students not completing the requirements in time will not be allowed to continue with clinical courses once the session begins. There will not be any exceptions.

Students must complete their clinical experience and project within the 7-week semester. Students will be required to submit logs to Lora Walter on a weekly basis and complete all post-clinical requirements by the end of the semester. A clinical course requires the student to meet all clinical requirements in order to get a course grade. A clinical failure will result in course failure and a need to repeat both the theory and clinical portions of the class.

Lora Walter, RN-BSN Clinical Coordinator, may be reached by email at lwalter@chatham.edu or phone at (412) 365-1377 with questions or concerns.