Experiential Learning

As a student in one of our School of Nursing majors, you benefit from experiential learning activities that ensure you possess the knowledge, skills, and confidence to succeed in the field upon earning your degree and accepting your first professional position.


Day in the Life of a UNE Nursing Student


Our Westbrook College of Health Professions also offers a unique opportunity for a Health Care Immersion Experience in Ghana, West Africa. The experience normally takes place in August and comprises an interprofessional group of students and faculty who deliver primary care and related services in the twin cities of Sekondi and Takoradi. You work closely with community health outreach workers and professionals from the Effia Nkwanta College of Nursing and Midwifery. The work involves interprofessional collaboration, community education, and academic and cross-cultural exchange.

Interprofessional Education

UNE is one of a handful of private universities with a comprehensive health education mission that includes medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine, nursing, and an array of allied health professions programs. You take part in interprofessional education initiatives that prepare you to work with other aspiring health care professionals to practice comprehensive and collaborative team-based care. In the simulation labs, and also in service-learning and clinical experiences you benefit from exercises that also include students from other UNE health professions programs.

Clinical Experiences

If you are in the traditional B.S.N. program, during your last four semesters you are deeply immersed in not only nursing coursework but clinical experiences that emphasize clinical judgment, health and human functioning, care and therapeutics, person and environment, and health care resources. If you are in the Accelerated B.S.N. program, you spend the entirety of your 12-month program both pursuing coursework and engaging in clinical experiences. 

Typically, you spend one or two days per week in one of the area's leading hospitals or in a community setting. The different settings serve diverse populations and allow you to actualize the process of integrating theory and practice. Our clinical partners include New England Rehabilitation Hospital, Maine Medical Center, Southern Maine Medical Center, Midcoast Hospital, and York Hospital. At these locations, you work under the direct supervision of a clinical faculty member in clinical experiences that include medical surgical nursing, gerontology, maternity, pediatrics, and other specialized areas of care.   

Clinical Simulation

The Clinical Simulation Program uses high fidelity patient simulators and patient actors to create a wide variety of learning opportunities in realistic settings. You learn to function as an individual and also as a member of an interdisciplinary health care team through these exercises. You face rarely seen cases, hard-to-diagnose cases, and other challenges of the nursing profession in the simulation labs so that when you face them in the field, you will know how to respond.

The Interprofessional Simulation and Innovation Center at UNE is unique among simulator training programs in Northern New England due to its focus on interprofessional training, which provides an effective tool for not only building clinical skills but for developing teamwork, fostering communication and high standards of safe patient care.





The University of New England's Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Contact ACEN
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Ga. 30326
(404) 975-5000

The program has also been approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing.

Report to communities of interest (PDF)