This study aimed to explore the level of perceived clinical competence among undergraduate nursing students. This was a cross-sectional, comparative, study. Data were collected using the Clinical Competence Questionnaire. Study participants included fourth year and internship nursing students attending 1 of 39 public and private nursing programs in Saudi Arabia. A total of 244 nursing students completed the clinical competence questionnaire. Students reported the ability to perform some clinical skills in clinical settings under supervision. Intern students had higher clinical competence than fourth year students ( t = 2.792, p < .01). Year of education (β = .148, p < .05) and gender (β = .190, p < .01) were statistically significant to the prediction of perceived clinical competence level. The internship year facilitates the translation of theory into practice, which eventually may improve students’ clinical competence skills. Improving perceived clinical competencies might improve actual clinical competencies. Lastly, more qualitative research studies are needed to investigate the decreased perceived clinical competencies among male students compared female students.

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