Special OpportunitiesHands-on Learning
Our nursing students gain real-world experience in more than 30 healthcare facilities that serve the Fargo-Moorhead area. All nursing students conduct 900 hours of clinical experience at such facilities, most of which are fewer than 10 minutes away from campus, and many students complete summer internships at local hospitals and healthcare agencies. You also have the option of participating in internships across the country or overseas, like the students who studied medical terminology in Spain. Other students have interned at Abbott Northwestern and Mercy Hospital in the Twin Cities and at the Mayo Clinic Hospitals in Phoenix, Ariz., and Rochester, Minn.
Opportunities with Concordia Language Villages
Many nursing majors take advantage of the college’s connection with Concordia Language Villages, an internationally recognized organization that offers language immersion programs for children and adults. In addition to an orientation retreat to the Villages during the Sophomore year, there are also clinical opportunities available at the Villages during the summer.
One option is a summer-long internship, completed between students’ junior and senior years. The intern lives at the Villages, assisting with the health team at the camp and working with the associate director for health and risk management to collect data for research projects.
The second option is a newly established program during which students conduct clinicals in community health and pediatric nursing. This hands-on experience introduces students to working with young people and handling any and all unexpected situations that arise in a camp environment. This summer program especially benefits students in the nursing department’s accelerated track program.
Concordia nursing majors develop close relationships through involvement in campus organizations. Two groups, the National Student Nursing Association and Concordia Health Professions Interest Club, bring in speakers to provide updates on career opportunities, current issues, graduate schools and other topics relevant to your nursing future. These groups are also service organizations that coordinate community blood drives, blood-pressure screenings, food drives and various research projects.
You may also be eligible to join Sigma Theta Tau international, the international nursing honor society that reflects the nursing program’s commitment to scholarship, leadership and nursing research. Students are nominated for membership based on academic achievement.
Concordia has a strong tradition of global education programs, and the nursing department is no exception. Recent weeklong and monthlong programs have gone to Brazil, England, Guadeloupe, and China to study each country’s healthcare history, systems and practices, engage in service projects, clinical experience-and sightsee of course!