You can earn an accredited healthcare degree online from just about any community college or university these days. But one important question remains: how do clinicals and other hands-on training required in patient-care fields like nursing, occupational therapy, and dental hygiene work in an online program? While you’ll likely be able to take your core classes completely online, clinicals and fieldwork are a different story. This page will give you a clear understanding of how clinicals and fieldwork fit into online degree programs. Learn where you’ll complete your in-person training, what you can expect in different degree programs, and how to make the most of your experience – plus get expert advice from a former online nursing student.
FAQs About Clinicals & Fieldwork for Online Degree Programs
In-Depth Look at Clinical Education in Popular Online Healthcare Programs
While clinical and fieldwork experiences in healthcare programs are all designed to prepare students for the responsibilities of their careers, each field handles this portion of the program differently. The section below describes how fieldwork and clinicals work for some of the most popular online healthcare degree programs.
10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Clinicals & Fieldwork as an Online Student
Clinicals and fieldwork are an invaluable part of your education as an online healthcare student. But in order to get the most out of this hands-on training, you need to be prepared to put your best foot forward. The following tips can help you maximize the experience:
Clinicals Q&A with a Former Online Healthcare Student
Ashley Simpson (MSN, RN) received an associate degree in nursing from North Arkansas College in Harrison, Arkansas. She then completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing, as well as her master’s degree in nursing through Missouri State University’s online programs. She has worked on the post-surgical floor and intensive care unit at Cox Medical Center Branson. Since 2017, she has been teaching and advising RN-to-BSN students at Missouri State.