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 for specific requirements for your clinical courses. You are highly encouraged to begin looking for a preceptor now.
- For PhD students, clinical planning is not needed.
- 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.
|Term of Clinical Course||Preceptor Packet Deadline
|Fall Semester||Last Friday in May
||1st Friday in October
||1st Friday in February
ANCC: PreceptorMatch.com Facebook Group
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has created a Facebook group (ANCC: PreceptorMatch.com 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: PreceptorMatch.com Group by following this link: bit.ly/PreceptorMatchFBGroup . 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!
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.
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.