Application of Knowledge and Skills

Please note: Clinical rotations are required; NURS 444/internship is not.


During their internship, Nursing students apply what they've learned in the classroom and gain valuable experience. 

NURS 444 Fast Facts

  • Students must be accepted for an internship by a healthcare agency prior to registering for NURS 444, the summer internship course. 
  • Internships last approximately 8-10 weeks
  • Students spend between 30-40 hours a week on the same shift as their mentor, including nights and weekends. 
  • Internships are paid positions. 
  • Twin Cities healthcare agencies have standardized their application dates. 
    • Application windows are open in November and close in early December each year.  

For more information on completing your summer internship, contact Dr. Jennifer Atteberry at

Clinical Rotations

Nursing candidates complete clinical rotations in both practical and registered nursing programs. Clinical schedules vary greatly so be certain to inquire about the program’s arrangements to ensure you can participate in all the experiences. The purpose of clinical hours is to apply acquired knowledge and develop competence that ensures safe and competent practice.

It is required in Minnesota Board of Nursing Rules 6301.2340 Subp. 3. Nursing Education Program: (a) have learning activities with faculty oversight to acquire and demonstrate competence in clinical settings with patients across the life span and with patients throughout the whole wellness, acute, and chronic continuum.