Clinical Intensives


Clinical intensives are student learning opportunities required in a variety of settings such as acute care hospitals and community health agencies. Clinical intensive experiences provide students with clinical nursing education related to the clinical courses  of the prelicensure baccalaureate nursing program and are a required component of prelicensure education. Before attending a medical-surgical clinical intensive, students must demonstrate competence in the clinical learning lab and must successfully complete (Pass) all previous courses. Successful completion of a clinical intensive is required for progression to the subsequent clinical course.


Clinical Intensives Scheduling

  • All students are scheduled for all clinical intensive experiences by a Health Placement Specialist.
  • Prior to being allowed to attend a clinical intensive, students must complete and maintain as current all WGU clinical requirements (i.e., immunizations, CPR, health insurance) as delineated in the prelicensure program admissions requirements.
  • Before beginning the first clinical intensive in a particular facility or agency, students must complete the clinical facility or agency student orientation requirements. These orientation requirements may vary and may include such things as attending an orientation class or session, completing a learning module or packet and turning it in to the facility, or completing an online orientation module. Students who do not meet facility or agency student orientation requirements are not allowed to attend the clinical intensive for that course.
  • Students are required to maintain current American Heart Association BLS for healthcare provider certification throughout their time in the prelicensure program. If a student’s BLS lapses at any time, the student is not allowed to attend clinical intensives until the BLS is once again current. Should the lapse in BLS cause a student to miss a clinical intensive, the student is placed on modified progression (See Course Progression for Prelicensure Nursing (opens new window)).
  • Clinical intensives follow didactic course work and clinical learning labs for clinical courses.
  • To facilitate student pre-planning, the dates of the clinical intensive are noted on the student cohort calendar. These dates are subject to change.
  • The length of a clinical intensive varies by course.
  • Students must successfully pass the previous clinical course and, for medical-surgical courses, the current course's clinical learning lab to progress to the clinical intensive for that course.
  • Students are responsible for arranging personal schedules, including childcare and employment, to ensure participation in a clinical intensive during the weeks scheduled. 
  • Students must work the full and exact schedule of their clinical coach as assigned, which may include 8-hour or 12-hour shifts as well as holidays, weekends, and nights. Holidays include, but are not limited to, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
  • Clinical schedules are not negotiable because of clinical coach, instructor, or facility site availability and resources.
  • Students may not arrive late, leave early or leave the clinical site at any time during the shift without prior approval from the clinical instructor.
  • Students are responsible for personal transportation and accommodation during clinical intensives.
  • If students are unable to complete their clinical intensive during scheduled weeks or must cancel a scheduled shift due to an unforeseen emergency, a written notification must immediately be submitted to the State Director of Nursing, clinical instructor, and Health Placement Specialist. Written documentation of the emergency is required. Failure to provide evidence may result in non-progression.
  • The Health Placement Specialist is responsible for scheduling all clinical intensives (with the exception of the Roles Transition practicum in the last term). Students are not allowed to change their schedules or make alternate scheduling arrangements directly with a clinical coach unless approved to do so by the clinical instructor or Health Placement Specialist. All schedule changes must be approved by the Health Placement Specialist and clinical instructor.
  • Students are required to adhere to the policies of the facilities where they engage in clinical intensives.


Extension of Student Clinical Intensives 

Students must successfully complete a clinical intensive, the duration of which is defined in each clinical course. Success is measured through evaluation by the clinical instructor in collaboration with the clinical coach. If a clinical instructor determines that a student requires an extension of clinical time in order to successfully demonstrate competence of the key behaviors, a request is submitted electronically to the Health Placement Specialist and the appropriate State Director of Nursing, no later than the end of the next to last shift of the clinical intensive. Requests are evaluated within one business day and the clinical instructor is notified of the outcome. If required, additional clinical shifts are completed as soon as possible following the scheduled clinical intensive, but no more than one week later without approval from the Health Placement Specialist and State Director of Nursing. Students who are not successful in meeting key behaviors upon completion of the extended clinical intensive will not progress to subsequent clinical courses.





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