A major component of M.S.N. preparation for nurse practitioner students involves clinical practica in which the nurse practitioner student is supervised on site by duly licensed and approved clinical preceptors. Clinical settings provide the student with opportunities to gain competencies required by individual courses and program completion

Eligibility Requirements for Placement in Clinical Settings
Pre-enrollment in clinical courses: M.S.N. students must meet with their faculty advisor in advance of to plan their clinical placement. Local students attending classes on site will work with faculty to identify and select a clinical site that meets individual and program clinical goals. Students enrolled in the M.S.N. distance program will initiate the process by identifying clinical preceptors in their own locale and forward information and potential preceptor curriculum vitae to the program director to review.  All clinical preceptors must meet academic expectations and licensing requirements.

Registered Nurses in any clinical program are required to obtain licensure as Registered Nurses in the jurisdiction of their clinical placement.

Memorandum of Understanding
A formal memorandum of understanding (affiliation agreement) is required between Catholic University and the health care agency where students are assigned.  Students using a new clinical setting must submit the necessary information for a new setting a few months in advance to the Office of the Dean.

Documentation and Certification Requirements
Individual health care agencies require licensure, health and criminal background check requirements of students placed within their setting.  Students are responsible for providing required documentation of their health and certification requirements in advance of any clinical rotation by uploading it to https://portal.castlebranch.com/HC54.

Clinical Manual
View the School of Nursing's Clinical Manual for more information about clinical requirements.

Clinical procedures have been separated into sections: