Clinical experience is integral to any nursing curriculum, and at USC, we prioritize hands-on learning because it provides our students with the confidence and skills they need to succeed as family nurse practitioners (FNPs).
Explore the Nursing@USC clinical placement process — how to prepare, where you will practice, who you will learn from during rotations and what skills you will gain by completion.
Prepare With Placement Specialists
Prior to your first clinical rotation, you will meet with a member of the Nursing@USC clinical placement team, who will provide an overview of the placement experience and relevant policies.
Our clinical placement team will work with you to secure placement sites near your community. We screen all sites, with the goal of matching students with settings that provide diverse primary care clinical experiences. While you may request a site, that placement location cannot be guaranteed.
Practice in Various Settings
You will complete a total of four placement rotations. Each rotation will be 14 weeks long, requiring 14 hours per week, and you should expect to spend two to three days per week at your site. You must complete 784 hours or remain at a placement site until certain competencies are met.
During your clinical experience, you will complete your required hours in a range of outpatient settings, including:
- Family practices
- Internal medicine clinics
- Pediatric offices
- Urgent care sites
- Community health clinics
Collaborate With Experienced Mentors
Throughout each clinical placement, you will work with a preceptor who will guide your experience and ensure you are meeting professional and academic milestones. Your preceptor will be an experienced nurse practitioner or medical professional who works at your placement site.
Your clinical preceptors will:
- Oversee your care of patients
- Evaluate the quality of care you give and your level of nursing skill
- Talk through patient cases with you to assess proper direction of care
Apply Acquired Skills
After you complete your clinical rotations, you will have the confidence and capability to:
- Diagnose and develop treatment plans for managing common health problems in patients of all ages
- Encourage health promotion and wellness with patients through preventive care
- Develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and other health care leaders
- Determine when referrals are appropriate
To learn more about the Nursing@USC clinical placement requirement, contact an admissions counselor by requesting information below.