Practicum and Lab Experiences

To earn the BS in Nursing at SUNY Poly, each learner must complete a minimum of 135 hours of practicum experience. There are two courses in our curriculum that have a clinical/practicum component. Practicum sites are determined in collaboration between the learner and the course instructor. All practicum hours are completed during the semester in which the learner is enrolled in the course. Students must verify they have a current, unencumbered nursing license for the state in which they intend to complete the practicum hours. Students must meet all requirements to obtain a health clearance before engaging in practicum courses.

  • NUR 444
    Transformational Leadership: Learners complete a 45-hour practicum with an approved clinical nurse leader as their mentor
  • NUR 475
    Public Health Nursing Science: Learners complete a 90-hour practicum with an approved community or public health nurse as their mentor

In addition to these courses, two other courses will require the learner to invest significant time in project design and presentation within a specific, pre-approved site that facilitates the learner meeting the course outcomes.

  • NUR 478
    Care Coordination and Management: Learners create and present a project which typically takes up to 20 hours to complete
  • NUR 490
    Culminating Seminar: Learners create and present an evidence-based project related to an identified clinical practice issue.

Lab Experience

  • NUR 314
    Comprehensive Health Assessment has a lab-based component. When completed virtually, this course requires learners to engage in synchronous class sessions and provide their own mock patient on which to demonstrate their assessment skills. Additionally, learners are expected to purchase and/or borrow the necessary equipment to complete the comprehensive assessments.


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