Nursing Student Programs

Academic Service Partnerships

While Valley Children’s does not have a formal internship program, we do partner with colleges and universities to help students earn clinical rotation or administrative hours to meet their program certification and/or graduation requirements. If you are a student looking for hours, talk to your school’s coordinator who may work with Valley Children’s to arrange an academic service partnership.

Areas in which students can receive applied training include:

  • Registered Nursing
    • ADN
    • BSN
    • MSN
  • Respiratory Care
  • Radiology Technology
  • Paramedics
  • Social Work
  • Medical Imaging
  • Surgery
  • Lactation
  • Child Life
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Interpreting
  • Health Care Administration

Valley Children’s employees provide hands on, practical academic service partnership training to more than 1,000 students every year.

Individuals who are not currently enrolled or have graduated from college are not eligible.

Pediatric Nurse Extern Program

Valley Children’s Hospital provides pediatric nurse extern opportunities for RN students who have completed a minimum of two semesters with one of the following RN programs: California State University-Fresno, Fresno City College, College of the Sequoias and Merced Junior College. The PNE program is a valuable learning experience that bridges classroom and clinical education with real life situations. As a PNE, you’ll receive one-on-one training with an experienced nursing preceptor and attend monthly PNE meetings to share common practices and discuss the unique challenges and obstacles involved with becoming a nurse.

PNE Study Details

PNE opportunities are available in several departments throughout the Hospital. Academic requirements for admission as a PNE are:

  1. Completion of the first year of your school’s nursing school.
  2. Be in good academic standing.
  3. Meet the Hospital’s health requirements.
  4. Achieve BLS certification.
  5. Be enrolled in a BRN approved work study program through an affiliated school.

There are two levels to Children’s Hospital’s PNE Program.


RN Course Prerequisites

Pediatric Nurse Extern I

2 semesters

Pediatric Nurse Extern II

Pediatric course

PNE Duties

The Pediatric Nurse Extern will:

  • Observe and/or administer oral, parental, rectal, I.V. medications and blood under the direct supervision and observation by the preceptor RN. (Must have completed the Pediatric Nursing Course in order to “administer” medications and blood.)
  • Provide patient/family instruction so that learning needs are met.
  • Identify patient response to treatment and progress towards accomplishment of desired outcomes.
  • Assists with nursing intervention/procedures/activities of daily living appropriate to the developmental age and condition of the child.
  • Collect and assesses patient data within the scope of practice for various age groups.
  • Utilize acquired knowledge base in the provision of nursing care to patients/families.
  • Maintain the rights of the patient and family.
  • Adhere to the safety, confidentiality, security, ethical, legal and regulatory requirements identified within the organization.
  • Document care provided in a precise, timely and efficient manner.


Upon receiving their license, our participating PNEs receive additional credit towards their base rate of pay.