Clinical Placement Information

Learn the clinical placement procedure for the Family Nurse Practitioner master's and certificate of advanced study graduate programs.

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Student in Clinic

Choosing a site

Appropriate clinical sites within the graduate Family Nurse Practitioner program include a primary care focus within a non-acute health care setting, such as family practice offices, clinics, pediatric offices, internal medicine offices, and women's health practices.  Appropriate preceptors must be advanced practice providers or physicians with at least one year of clinical experience. Graduate students are expected to play an active role in identifying and securing appropriate clinical sites/preceptors in conjunction with the clinical coordinator.

Site approval deadlines

Students should have a clinical site approved with a clinical contract in place by October 15 for spring placements and March 15 for fall placements.

Site placement assistance

If a graduate student is not successful in identifying and securing an approved site/preceptor one month before this deadline, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the clinical coordinator of this issue. The clinical coordinator will assist the student in securing a placement within 75 miles of campus. If the clinical coordinator secures an appropriate site for the student and the student declines the site due to commuting time or hours available, the clinical coordinator will not secure another site for that student for that course.

Students who choose to decline an appropriate clinical site that has been arranged and are not able to identify and secure an alternative appropriate site/preceptor will receive a failing grade for the course, which may jeopardize the student's ability to complete the program in a timely manner. 

Last Updated 7/1/20

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