At my school, we start out learning the simple things, like hygiene etc. and we have 1 day a week in clinical.
2nd semester, we are in surgery. We have 2 observation days in the OR, and the rest of the clinical time (2 days a week) is on a post op floor. 2nd semester is where we learned dressings, IV regulation, injections, etc.
3rd is OBS/peds: we learned NG, TF's etc.(can't remember the rest)
4th we were in cardiology, we learned chest tubes, ostomy's, suctioning etc
now in 6th, we learned to take bld, start IV's etc.
When we are in clinical we are responsible for whatever we learned in the lab. We learn and practice skills in the lab on dummies or on each other, but we are not formally evaluated on this.
We have had written tests and papers in each semester.
there are about 4 groups of 7 in my class. Each group has a clinical teacher who is responsible for us. She decides if we pass or fail, based on her observations. In that case you have to re do the semester, despite the academic grade.
Some of the teachers are pretty tough!!!