Overview - COPE Health Scholars

Nurse Scholar Overview

Gain hands-on patient interaction, clinical experience and professional development skills in preparation for nursing employment.

The Nurse Scholar program is an immersive experiential program to prepare nursing students, newly licensed nurses, and nurses eligible for license renewal or reactivation to gain additional clinical skills practice, professional development, and advancement for their nursing education and/or career. Over a period of six months, program participants will complete over 100 hours of nurse shadowing and hands-on clinical experience alongside Registered Nurse preceptors. Nurse Scholars will complete a minimum of 38 hours of initial training in preparation for new departmental rotations and can select one of two tracks: Entry Level Track or Advanced Level Track.

Why Nurse Scholar?

  • Through our partnership with Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) and Adventist Health you will gain an immersive nursing experience with supplemental hands-on clinical activities, shadowing and training
  • You will gain increased self-confidence and clinical comfort in a nursing role through advanced learning and skillset training
  • You will receive one-on-one mentorship and guidance from nursing subject matter experts to help prepare you for nursing program applications, interviews, hiring and leadership advancement
  • You will have access to exclusive opportunities for networking and employment upon completion of program requirements


The program is currently offered at Adventist Health Bakersfield in Bakersfield, California.

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