High School

Healthcare: Nursing Experience

0.5 Credits
18 weeks
Female doctor consoling her young patient and holding his hand

Experiences allow you to explore a career field you’re curious about while mastering competencies for school credit. Through experiential learning, you will learn skills and apply them to tasks you would complete as part of a career rather than completing traditional assessments like essays or tests. During your Experience, you’ll work with a professional in the field to support your learning whom we call a “mentor.” You’ll earn a badge for your accomplishments to share on social media and higher education platforms, or with colleges, potential employers, peers, and colleagues to display your qualifications.

Here’s how Experiences work:

  • Each competency you work on is addressed through a separate deliverable predetermined by you and your instructor.
  • Guided learning for each module consists of research and/or work with a professional in the field. Your instructor will coach you through this process.
  • Each module culminates in a final demonstration of understanding, which includes a deliverable and a discussion-based assessment with your instructor.
  • Here’s an example:
    Let’s say you’re curious about a career in healthcare. You decide you’d like to learn about this career area, make a professional connection, earn a badge, and meet competencies for your 9th-grade English requirement. While enrolled in English 1 Experiences, you conduct research to better understand language and structure in writing. Then you may work with an Occupational Therapist to help apply your writing skills to the creation of an informational video about adaptive equipment for patients. The video aims to advise family members of patients regarding the use of accommodations and equipment to help patients perform daily tasks. Now you’ve earned the Language and Structure in Writing competency! This is just one example of the many ways Experiences can bridge competencies to careers.

Obtaining a Mentor: Prior to enrollment, please have an idea for a mentor in mind. We have partnered with hundreds of mentors you can work with during your Experience, who you can find in our Career Mentor Catalog here. Or, you may consult with our counseling department by emailing [email protected] for help in identifying one.

*A parent/guardian permission form and background check of the mentor are both required to work with mentors without parental supervision.




Experience Design

Your goal is to consider what you need to learn in order to master each of the competencies you have enrolled in. As you think about what you need to do, you will begin to formulate ideas of how you can show it.

Nursing Duties and Responsibilities

Students will demonstrate an understanding of executing nursing duties and responsibilities and using nursing resources by examining the duties, responsibilities, and resources and observing or participating in the implementation of these in patient care.

Nursing Career Pathway and Growth Opportunities

Students will demonstrate an understanding of nursing career pathways by exploring nursing career options, the pathway to a specific nursing career, and ongoing growth opportunities within one or more career pathways.

Nursing Ethics and Professional Standards

Students will demonstrate an understanding of incorporating nursing ethics and professional standards into patient care by examining and explaining the importance of the Hippocratic Oath AAMA Code of Ethics, HIPAA and the three types of consent.

Nursing Patient Health Issues Detection, Treatment, and Prevention

Students will demonstrate an understanding of health issues' prevention, detection, and treatment by examining procedures and practices for addressing patient wellness through prevention, detection, and treatment.