Clinical Planning

It is imperative that you are proactive about finding a preceptor for each clinical setting. Depending on the health care institution, it can take up to six months to secure your site. You cannot begin clinical until your Volunteer Clinical Faculty application packet (VCF) is processed and the preceptor and site are approved. Submitting the VCF after the deadline or even closer to the end of the semester, may result in your site not being confirmed by the beginning of your first semester of clinical.

You will have to complete this process every semester you have a practicum course. Every term has its own deadline. Please refer to the documents located under your program specialty (listed below) for specific requirements for your clinical courses. You are highly encouraged to begin looking for a preceptor now.

Students in California, North Dakota and Wyoming must fill out additional documentation for state authorization. This must be completed and submitted separate from the VCF/preceptor application packet.

Please note:

  • BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesia program will receive additional information related to clinical requirements in their welcome information as they prepare to start the program.
  • To meet accreditation standards, those serving as a preceptor for a Nurse Midwifery student must submit both the VCF and a current professional resume/curriculum vitae.
  • For PhD students, clinical planning is not needed.
To acclimate yourself with common terms used by UC College of Nursing related to clinical planning and the overall student experience, see our Clinical Planning Glossary of Terms.
Preceptor Packet Deadlines by Term
Term of Clinical Course Preceptor Packet Deadline
Fall Semester Last Friday in May
Spring Semester
1st Friday in October
Summer Semester
1st Friday in February
State Authorization (for CA, ND, WY only) Documentation Deadlines by Term
Term of Clinical Course Documentation Deadline
Fall Semester 1 Week Prior to Semester Start
Spring Semester
1 Week Prior to Semester Start
Summer Semester
1 Week Prior to Semester Start

ANCC: Facebook Group

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has created a Facebook group (ANCC: Group) to assist in making connections between students and potential preceptors. By joining this group, you can both post information related to your preceptor needs and monitor posts of persons who are willing to serve as a preceptor. You can join the ANCC: Group by following this link: . This resource is most beneficial to post preceptor needs after students have:

  • Networked through healthcare systems/colleagues and professional organizations to identify an appropriate and available clinical site/preceptor; and
  • Connected with their respective clinical site coordinator to further discuss other resources to assist in the preceptor search, including information on former preceptors and alumni who reside in their state.  

Joining this Facebook group is just one avenue for you to network. It is truly a supplement as you actively engage in securing a preceptor.   

If the above networking strategies do not result in securing a preceptor, please work with your clinical site coordinator to discuss other possible options, which could ultimately be outside of your preferred geographical area and require travel. We look forward to working with you throughout your educational journey!    

State Authorization

The University of Cincinnati has been approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) initiative to offer online/distance learning programs to residents of most other SARA states.

Map of Authorized States

Authorized states are shown in gray, unauthorized states are shown in red and partially authorized states are shown in black.

The College of Nursing is authorized to have a clinical presence in all states, except Arizona, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Tennessee.

In Washington, Master of Science in Nursing and Post-MSN Certificate programs are authorized; Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are not.

Added Requirements for California, North Dakota and Wyoming

In addition to the VCF/preceptor application, California, North Dakota and Wyoming state boards of nursing require specific documentation to be submitted separately by preceptors of students engaging in clinical (practicum/internship) experiences in these states.

All documentation for your state should be thoroughly completed and sent to at least 1 week prior to the start of the semester in which clinical activity is slated to occur. For assistance related to state regulations and state board of nursing authorization, email

Note: State authorization forms are a separate requirement from the VCF/preceptor application and must be submitted separate from the packet. Do not submit state authorization forms together with the VCF/preceptor application.

Clinical Course Expectations and Responsibilities

Clinical planning and practicum/internship experiences support involves cooperation from multiple team members and the student. Clinical course faculty, site coordinators and students have clear responsibilities for ensuring a successful collaborative relationship. The following document outlines the expectations and responsibilities of clinical course faculty, site coordinators and students. Also included is a list of frequently asked questions with the appropriate contact person(s) for those specific inquiries.

Program-Specific Information

Clinical Site Coordinator: Angie Gresham

Students in the Nurse Anesthesia program should contact DeWana Bailey for information on clinical planning.

Clinical Site Coordinator: Mo Koo

Please note: To meet accreditation standards, those serving as a preceptor for a Nurse Midwifery student must submit both the VCF and a current professional resume/curriculum vitae.

Clinical Site Coordinator: Jalicia Ruttino

Clinical Site Coordinator: Mo Koo