Life-Long Learning

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Amplify your Impact

At Providence, we are steadfast in staging the best possible experience for the patients we serve and the exceptional nurses who provide their care. We do this by focusing on four critical areas: fellowships and residencies, professional development, research and nursing excellence (accreditation).

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The Clinical Academy

Providing a pathway to nurse residency and fellowship, the Clinical Academy is a nationally accredited, evidence–based program that places new RN and nurse practitioner graduates directly into specialty positions through a year-long standard program.

Providence nursing leaders from across our family of organizations recognize that to deliver world-class care, we must provide new graduate nurses with a foundation for success. Whether you are a new graduate nurse or a nurse in transition, we can empower you to become a transformational leader through an integrated, consistent structure for mentoring, nurse onboarding and professional development.

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8-24 weeks of intensive, specialized clinical training. 

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Personalized precepting and mentorship with a focus on professional, emotional and personal support.



Classes include immersive simulations, clinical rotations and a flipped classroom experience. 


The Clinical Academy Journey

Infographic: The Clinical Academy Journey

Clinical specialties available

  • Advanced registered nurse practitioner
  • Ambulatory care
  • Behavioral health
  • Cardiovascular lab (CVL)
  • Care manager
  • Critical care 
  • ECG programs
  • ED
  • Endoscopy 
  • Home health/Hospice 
  • Med Surg Tele 
  • NICU 
  • Obstetrics 
  • Oncology 
  • Ortho-Spine 
  • Pediatrics & PICU 
  • Peri anesthesia 
  • Perioperative (O.R.) 
  • Simulation site 
  • Stepdown/PCU 

Professional Development

Nurse leader development

Providence is dedicated to creating evidence-based learning paths to support nurse leader development. We recognize that leadership skills are fundamental to every nursing role and have developed numerous tracks to support all nurses as they transition into leadership.

Leadership development trainings

From preceptor through nurse executive:

  • Charge Nurse Program
  • Nursing Professional Development Specialist Program
  • Nurse Leadership Program
  • The Providence Nurse Leader Development Program
  • Nurse Executive Development Program

University of Providence

University of Providence logoThe University of Providence (UP) provides a variety of opportunities to receive an education conveniently and affordably. As an employee benefit to Providence and its partner organizations, eligible caregivers, their spouses, and dependents can qualify for special pricing for university programs.

Learn more about the School of Health Professions and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences programs.

Nursing Research

We empower our nurses with the best possible technology, resources and support so they are prepared to deliver world-class care. We focus on building knowledge, while supporting innovation and improvement. 

Browse the “Nursing – New Knowledge, Innovation, Improvement” collection to view the work that Providence nursing departments have done in support of Magnet accreditation, nursing research and other examples of nursing excellence.

Nursing Excellence

At Providence, every organization is supported and encouraged to pursue the highest level of nursing excellence. 

American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet

The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program "recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice."

Providence currently has 13 Magnet-designated ministries across 6 states.

American Nurses Credentialing Center Pathway to Excellence

The ANCC Pathway to Excellence (PTE) Program guides the positive transformation of practice environments in multiple settings to build a global community of healthcare organizations committed to nursing workplace excellence. 

Providence currently has 3 PTE designated ministries across 3 states.

American Nurses Credentialing Center Practice Transition Accreditation Program

The ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation Program (PTAP) sets the global standard for residency or fellowship programs that transition registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) into new practice settings.

The Providence Clinical Academy Residency Program is a designated PTAP entity with 15 covered ministries.