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How many clinical hours does your school have?


I am finding a wide range of clinical hours for nursing schools, and am wondering how many your programs have total? Also, please note whether your program is a diploma, Associates, or Bachelor's Degree please. I am thinking that the more hours the better, is this correct? Looking forward to seeing what the average is-thanks!

melmarie23, MSN, RN

Specializes in L&D/Maternity nursing.

My program is a direct entry, MSN program. I had 90 clinical hours this past semester, will have 270 hours this summer, 225 this fall, and 400 next spring and then we can sit for the NCLEX. Then, my last semester, next fall, I will have 135 for my research capstone.

so in total, thats 1120 clinical hours for my program.


Specializes in long-term-care, LTAC, PCU. Has 13 years experience.

Wow! I thought we got a lot of clinical hours. 1,087 hospital based diploma program. this includes 154 hrs in the icu/ccu, and 170 in nursing trends and management. Kudos to you guys with all those clinical hours!

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 44 years experience.

Good idea for a thread. A lot of people mistakenly believe that BSN programs have a lot less clinical hours than other types of programs. This thread will show that not to be always true. You have to look at each individual program to adequately assess it.

Also, while I agree that programs with a bare minimium of clinical hours graduate students who are less well prepared for the real world of nursing ... don't judge a school ONLY on the number of hours of clinical. The QUALITY of those hours counts as done the QUALITY of the classroom teaching. There are some programs that are trying to get so many students through the program so quickly that they do more testing than teaching. The students are given a few resources to read, they hear a quick mediocre lecture by someone with minimal knowledge of the subject, and then they are tested on the material. Those students are not being taught: they are teaching themselves.

There are some really poor quality programs out there. Sometimes they are really weak in their clinical teaching. Sometimes they are really weak in their classroom teaching. Sometimes they are weak in both areas. You have to assess both.

Well for my CNA course that i took we had 75 class hours and 24 clinical hours.

~Mi Vida Loca~RN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Dept. Trauma. Pediatrics. Has 6 years experience.

For ADN our school has roughly 1000 give or take according to the information pack I got.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

In 2005, the LVN program that I attended consisted of 954 clinical hours over 12 months.

I am now attending a 1-year LPN-to-RN (ADN) bridge program that consists of only 1 clinical shift per week, which would add up to about 400 clinical hours by the graduation date.

JeanettePNP, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergy. Has 8 years experience.

We don't have nearly as many clinical hours as others. Two clinical days per week, 8 hours per day.

LPN diploma.....we have over 700 clinical hours

scrublifenurse10, LPN

Has 7 years experience.

I'm in an LPN program that is stretched over 18 months (which works great for me)...we have right around 1000 hours of clinical time.

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