Nursing

Completing your nursing clinical experience in Chicago will give you the professional knowledge and skills to launch your nursing career in a variety of healthcare settings, whether you choose to practice in a big city or a smaller town. Chicago Semester often proves invaluable in landing that first full-time job after graduation, since many of our program alumni are hired by the hospital systems where they complete their clinical placement. If you’re working toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, you can fulfill your clinical placement requirements through Chicago Semester. You will be placed in a Chicago hospital under the supervision of a qualified preceptor. The Nursing track is available in the Spring semester only.

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Chicago Semester has strong connections with the leading teaching hospitals across the city, ensuring you a top-quality semester-long clinical experience.

Internship Placement Process
  1. Submit your program application, references, resume, transcript and essay responses to Chicago Semester.
  2. We review your clinical area interests and find the best match in one of Chicago’s hospital systems.

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Hear from a Nursing Alumnus

"This was one of the best opportunities I have ever had in my educational experience. Getting a full semester worth of practice and experiences in the clinical setting really advanced me and prepared me to feel comfortable to be a successful RN after I graduate and pass NCLEX. I am grateful for my time living and working in the city. I had been planning on living in North Carolina after college, but I have enjoyed my time so much in the city that I will be staying and working here for at least a couple years!"

– Alex Riley

Nursing, Spring 2017

Professional Seminars and Courses

Nursing Internship/Professional Seminar- Spring only

The nursing internship and professional seminar is supervised by the Chicago Semester Director of Nursing in cooperation with Hope College and a contracted healthcare agency. Designed to deepen your socialization into professional nursing, it focuses on issues and services related to healthcare in an urban context as well as leadership and management roles that enhance your transition from student to professional RN. You will complete an internship selected from a wide range of quality clinical specialties to synthesize the concepts and philosophies of nursing from previous college courses and to develop the competencies and skills necessary for the beginning roles of the professional nurse. The weekly professional seminar focuses on NCLEX review and discussions of the professional nurse, social justice and healthcare, Christian worldview, diversity and vocation.

Arts in the City - Fall and Spring

This course investigates urban cultural life as reflected in the arts of Chicago. We will attend plays, concerts, movies, and visit art galleries. We will process these experiences through readings, lectures and classroom discussion as we explore how Christians engage culture.

Diversity and Inequality: Engaging Chicago Cross Culturally - Fall, Spring and Summer

This course introduces the culture, history, assets and challenges of Chicago neighborhoods. We will examine our own social and cultural locations, and compare and contrast how our stories are similar to or different from the Chicago racial and ethnic landscape.

Social Justice - Fall and Spring

This course will introduce students to major streams of social justice thought, including the history of the criminal justice field and contemporary movements for social justice. We will examine the role of race, poverty and inequality in people’s experiences of the criminal justice system in the U.S. As a class we will discuss how marginalization, segregation and the lack of access to social resources influences people’s experiences of justice. We will also explore two major issues related to justice: mass incarceration and mass eviction. Finally, through conversations and visits with practitioners, advocates and organizers we will look at models of restorative justice and how communities address issues related to injustice.

Urban Planning, Development and the Sustainable City - Spring and Summer

This course explores the evolution and development of the city, with particular emphasis on the built environment in Chicago. We will explore the significance of the city’s architecture, sculpture, parks and community murals, and the impacts of city design. Students will seek to understand and critique the city’s built environment through field trips, guest speakers, readings and class discussions.

Values and Vocation: Reflections on Work and the Common Good - Fall and Spring

This course explores the concept of vocation from a variety of perspectives. Drawing on readings from religion, theology and sociology, we will examine the ways in which we discern our calling in light of our responsibility to engage the common good. We will also look at social structures that impact work and family life (gender, race, religion and class) and how they might shape our understanding of vocation.
Course Information

You will enroll in the Professional Seminar and in one other course of your choice.

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