If you’ve ever taken a driver’s education course, you know that one of the most important parts of learning how to drive is actually getting behind the wheel and hitting the road. No matter how closely you read your driver’s manual, you still need to learn how by actually doing it.
The same is true of nursing. Hands-on experience is a crucial part of a nurse’s education. Clinicals and practice experiences are a chance for students to take what they’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to real life settings. In order to prepare nursing students for their future careers, there really is no substitute for learning by doing.
However, many online RN to BSN programs exist today requiring “no clinicals.” While that may be enticing, there are a few things prospective students should know and consider when choosing the program that is best for them: