Residency & Clinicals
Your clinical experiences should be based
The Catholic University faculty will work closely with the student and the mentor/preceptor to assure that expectations for student learning objectives and course outcomes are clear. Ongoing communication between the faculty and mentor/preceptor is enhanced through email and phone calls. Site visits and virtual meetings can offer additional opportunities for collaboration and assessment of a student’s progress. The use of weekly clinical logs that students submit to faculty for review and critique is a required expectation for each clinical rotation. Mid-term and final student evaluations are completed by the mentor/preceptor and reviewed with faculty. The final grade for a course remains the responsibility of the faculty after consultation with the student, preceptor and careful review of all of the course requirements.
Health and other Requirements for Clinical Practice
Each clinical agency establishes its own requirements for students placed at the agency or a clinical rotation. These may include immunizations, nursing license, CPR, criminal background check, drug testing, etc. Students will be required to comply with clinical requirements established by an agency, prior to beginning any rotation. Memoranda of understanding also need to be established between the School of Nursing and agency/site in which the experience will occur. Students need to initiate this process in the semester before the residency.
Required Residency Sessions on Campus
Students are always welcome to visit campus. However, there will be one required residency requirement on campus. Once the DNP project has been completed and approved by the DNP project committee, an open defense will be scheduled on the CUA campus. The student will arrange to travel to the DC area for a pre-arranged date and time whereby the committee will be present and members of the CUA community will be invited to attend an oral presentation of the student’s project and outcomes. The DNP committee will follow up with a closed session defense in which they will question the student regarding the project methods and findings