Clinical experience is integral to any nursing curriculum, and USC programs emphasize the benefits of gaining confidence and skills through hands-on learning. As a Nursing@USC student, you will complete clinical placements near your own community in four settings by working with: (1) adult patients; (2) child-bearing and pediatric patients; (3) adults with complex conditions; and (4) an integrated family practice.
Each placement rotation will be 14 weeks long, requiring 14 hours per week and you should expect to spend 2-3 days per week at your site. Students must complete 784 hours or remain at a placement site until certain competencies are met.
USC’s clinical placement team will work with you to secure your placement sites. They screen all sites, with the goal of matching students with sites that provide diverse primary care clinical experiences. While you may request a site, that placement location cannot be guaranteed.
Throughout each clinical placement, you will work with a preceptor who will help 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 and who will share with you skills and knowledge that will strengthen your nursing practice.
Your clinical preceptor will:
- Oversee your care of patients and 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
- Mentor you through your clinical experience
To learn more about the Nursing@USC clinical placement requirement, contact an admissions counselor at 844-487-2676 or via email.