Clinical Practice (Internships)

As a nursing student at SPU, you’ll spend 690 hours in hands-on clinical practice at a broad range of venues throughout the metropolitan Seattle area. You’ll take what you are learning in the classroom to local hospitals and health care agencies, where you’ll work directly with clients. You’ll experience a full array of settings, including hospitals, homeless shelters, public schools, and psychiatric facilities. You will also get hands-on practice through simulation and skills checks in the School of Health Science’s Clinical Learning Lab. Together, these opportunities allow you to meld theory with practice.

Nursing Skills Lab

Clinical rotations

SPU’s nursing program is intensively hands-on. As a student, you’ll begin clinical practice during your first quarter of the nursing program and continue every quarter until you graduate. In the final quarter of your senior year, you’ll work on your assessment skills — the ability to gather information about a client or community’s health status. You’ll improve nursing and technical skills, so you can deliver stellar nursing care. And ultimately you’ll learn to teach, delegate, and supervise the skilled tasks performed by other health care team members.

Clinical rotations are varied and provide you with a wide array of experiences. Located just minutes from downtown Seattle, SPU maintains valuable partnerships to facilitate your learning within hospitals, schools, clinics, community agencies, and professional organizations throughout the city. In fact, we have working relationships with more than 150 practice partners.

Partner locations include:

  • Angeline’s Day Center
  • EvergreenHealth Medical Center
  • Harborview Medical Center
  • Mary’s Place
  • Navos Mental Health and Wellness Center
  • Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
  • St. Anne Hospital
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Seattle/King County Health Department
  • Seattle Public Schools
  • Seattle Veterans Hospital
  • Swedish Medical Center
  • UW Medical Center
  • Valley Medical Center
  • Virginia Mason Hospital & Medical Center
Andrea Sonk

Andrea Sonk’s Story

“My experience in the HHP program has been amazing, and it has helped me to have a greater appreciation of how incredibly complex and wonderful God’s creation of the human body is.”