Accelerated Nursing Clinicals Rotations

Clinical rotations are a critical learning component in every nursing program. Our ABSN program, however, affords you unprecedented clinical experiences thanks to our close-knit partnerships with St. Vincent in Indianapolis and Saint Thomas Health in Nashville, two of the top hospitals in their region.

Accelerated nursing students from Marian University work under the supervision of St. Vincent staff to treat patients

Over the span of 16 months, each ABSN student will complete over 700 hours of clinical practice. These rotations occur within St. Vincent in Indianapolis or Saint Thomas Health in Nashville, where you will learn from topnotch nurses and health care team members in holistic patient care. Under the supervision of a highly experienced preceptor, you will work with patients in specialty areas that include:

  • Adult Health
  • Obstetrics and Pediatrics
  • Acute and Long-term Care
  • Mental and Behavioral Health

Your first clinical, which focuses on the fundamentals of nursing, will begin halfway through the first semester. Other clinicals you can expect to participate in throughout the program are medical surgical, critical care, and leadership.


The clinical rotations are my favorite part of the programlearning new, exciting procedures is fun when you’re surrounded by friendly classmates and staff.

—Jessica Barr, ABSN Class of December 2017

Welcome to the Real World

While the length and location of your clinical rotations will vary, these real-world experiences build on your lab practice by giving you a deeper understanding of the nursing profession.

St. Vincent and Saint Thomas Health, like Marian University, are Catholic-based entities that believe in holistic care, which treats the mind, body, and spirit of a patient. So, as you perform your clinical rotations, you will experience the true spirit of caring as nurses teach you how to:

  • Exhibit genuine caring behavior,
  • Engage in appropriate communication,
  • Perform safe therapeutic interventions,
  • Employ ethical perspectives.

You will also get to experience the day-to-day intricacies involved in complex health care environments, from following the appropriate protocol when handling sensitive patient information to learning how to be a team player in a complex, multi-faceted environment.


The St. Vincent staff is friendly and works hard to provide maximum learning opportunities.

—Kelsey Stein, ABSN Class of May 2017

Developing Transformational Leaders

One of our goals at Marian University is to develop transformational leaders in all fields of study. Our leadership and management course that takes place during the fourth semester of the ABSN program gives you the chance to job shadow a leader(s) within St. Vincent or Saint Thomas Health, depending on which location your choose for your education. This unique opportunity will give you a different perspective on nursing that goes beyond the bedside.


The leadership class has helped me understand what goes on behind-the-scenes at a hospital. I have met the chief nursing officer at St. Vincent, gone to meetings with directors, and listened in on nursing and PCAT interviews.

—Felicia Silver, ABSN Class of December 2016

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