Providing real-world experience for the next generation of health professionals

Health Professionals work in ever-changing environments where they must be prepared for anything to happen. Their work requires technical skills as well as the ability to improvise. For this reason, hands-on learning is essential to learning for these careers.

At NKU, we value the advantage of experience. Our programs require clinical experience so that students can learn by actually working in their prospective fields. Clinicals begin in the first semester and continue throughout the program as students grow and learn.


Clinical experience

As a part of admission into CHP programs, students are expected to obtain a number of clinical hours towards their professional study.

For our undergraduate nursing programs, our students log over 800 hours during their study. Similarly, our radiologic science students log over 1400 hours over their two-years of study and our respiratory care students log over 700 hours.

Within the Department of Advanced Nursing Studies, our NP students complete clinical hours; the number completed is aligned with certification requirements.  The non-NP students and DNP students must also complete practicum hours; the minimum number required is reflective of accreditation standards.


Access to the very best health care systems

Clinical experience

Clinical learning occurs in a variety of community agencies and organizations located throughout the country each semester. For our local Nursing, Advanced Nursing, and Allied Health students; CHP offers clinical learning in many internationally-renowned institutions in the Greater Cincinnati area:

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Acclaimed by US News as one of America's best hospitals in 2012-2013. They are best ranked for their neonatology (1st), pulmonology (2nd), cancer and nephrology (3rd), and cardiology and heart surgery (8th).

St. Elizabeth Healthcare

St. Elizabeth hospital is a nationally-recognized hospital by U.S. News and World Report. The Edgewood facility was ranked #3 in Cincinnati and #4 in Kentucky, Ft. Thomas was ranked #7 in Cincinnati and #6 in Kentucky, and Florence was ranked #8 in Cincinnati and #7 in Kentucky. St. Elizabeth also recieved the first Magnet™ designation  in Greater Cincinnati by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in 2006 and again in 2010.

CHP also offers clinical sites at Dearborn County Hospital, The Jewish Hospital and Mercy Hospital, among many others in the region!