Clinical Placement

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.


How Does the Placement Process Work?

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 in or 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.

Placement sites and preceptors are established near each student’s location.

Documents are obtained and placement sites are approved by USC faculty.

Affiliation Agreement (legal document) is secured by the placement team over a six-month period.

USC standards are implemented across all sites to ensure a successful placement experience.

Placement sites and preceptors are established near each student’s location.

Documents are obtained and placement sites are approved by USC faculty.

Affiliation Agreement (legal document) is secured by the placement team over a six-month period.

USC standards are implemented across all sites to ensure a successful placement experience.


How Much Time Will You Spend at Your Placement Sites?

4

placement rotations to complete

14

weeks spent at each rotation

14

hours per week at each rotation

2 - 3

days per week at each rotation

784

total placement hours required

4

placement rotations to complete

14

weeks spent at each rotation

14

hours per week at each rotation

2 - 3

days per week at each rotation

784

total placement hours required


Where Will Your Placements Sites Be?

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

Placements may be secured up to 100 miles from your location. To account for personal preferences in distance and scheduling, you are allowed to submit placement referrals a minimum of one term (14 weeks) in advance. Referrals are subject to program standards and faculty approval.

Placement is not guaranteed, however, you will be supported by a dedicated team that works closely with you to assist in the process of placement acquisition. Please note that Nursing@USC maintains high quality standards across all sites and preceptors.


Who Facilitates Your Clinical Experience?

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

Learn more about becoming a clinical preceptor here.


What Skills Will You Gain From Clinical Placements?

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

Watch the video below to learn more.


Nursing@USC’s clinical placement team has secured:

282

total clinical placements

14

states in the U.S. and Virgin Islands

729

affiliated sites

285+

preceptors

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