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The MSN-FNP and DNP-FNP programs are CCNE accredited.

Marymount works with you to offer a high-quality placement experience that meets the University’s clinical requirements and prepares you for success in your future practice. 

The Placement Coordinators will:

  • Orient you to the placement process, gather referrals and other pertinent information to better guide and expedite the search efforts in securing placements, as well as be your primary point of contact for all-things placement through graduation. 
  • Work with the placement team to identify sites/preceptors with a goal of placing you within 40 miles or 1 hour of your home.  At times it may be necessary to extend that perimeter to 125 miles or 2 hours from your place of residence. 
  • Communicate clinical deadlines, clinical clearance requirements and other necessary tasks and/or assignments to ensure you are progressing through your program on time. 

The Clinical Placement Coordinators act as facilitators and the primary point of contact for you regarding concerns about finding clinical placements. They are responsible for all field/clinical placement matters, including:

  • Placement overview
  • Document/clearance requirements
  • Student relocation compliance
  • Student communications

Frequently Asked Questions About Clinical Placement Services

What is Clinical Placement?

Clinical placement is the required educational component of Marymount University’s Online Family Nurse Practitioner programs. Clinicals work parallels the classroom-based coursework to prepare for entry to the profession of advanced practice nursing.

What Value Will the Placement Team Provide?

The Placement Team will assist you in handling the logistics, allowing you to focus on the coursework and the core competencies that will propel your placement experience.  As an active participant in the placement process, providing referrals from your local community increases your chances of securing quality sites and preceptors. Networking within your placement site will help you create professional connections that can often lead to future placement and employment opportunities.

How Does the Clinical Placement Process Work?

Shortly after enrollment, we will introduce you to your dedicated Placement Coordinator who will share the placement intake form, initiating the placement process.  

The Placement Team will collaborate with you to secure quality placement sites and preceptors.  In addition to completing the intake form, you will be responsible for completing the clinical clearance requirements prior to the start of clinical which include:

  • A drug screening
  • A background check
  • Recommended vaccinations
  • Physical exam and provider attestation

Once your clinical clearances are complete and the site has been approved, your Placement Coordinator will provide the preceptor’s information so you can work with them to plan your schedule. The course faculty will identify when you can start clinical.

What is the Placement Experience Like?

During the placement experience, you will have access to faculty and other resources to help you successfully complete the rotation. The faculty will also be available to mentor and support you throughout the rotation if you have any specific questions about the provision of care, procedures, patient interactions, and general proficiencies. At the end of the placement rotation, you and your preceptor will review the requirements, complete evaluations, and officially end the placement rotation. 

When Will I Receive My Placement Details?

You’ll receive an email notification from your Placement Coordinator approximately 30 days prior to your clinical rotation.

What Can I Expect on My First Day of Clinicals?

Clinical orientation is different for each site, but you can expect to complete the clinicals clearances and learn about the appropriate dress codes and the necessary clinical tools prior to starting.

What Are My Responsibilities as a Student in a Clinical Rotation?

Your responsibilities during the clinical rotations include:

  • Reviewing the objectives for fulfilling the clinical requirements
  • Reviewing the existing clinical protocols and Marymount University’s protocols with your preceptor
  • Documenting all clinical encounters 
  • Ensuring that you are always under the supervision of your preceptor
  • Review your evaluation with your preceptor 
  • Evaluate your clinical experience
What Can I Expect from My Preceptor?

Your preceptor is your on-site role model and will help you develop as a nurse practitioner during your clinical rotation. They will:

  • Bridge the gap between theory and actual practice
  • Orient you to the practice setting (key personnel, organization, and institutional policies)
  • Help you plan clinical assignments
  • Provide one-on-one supervision and daily feedback
  • Review and co-sign all documentation in the clinical records
How Should I Prepare For Clinicals?

You are not alone in preparing for clinicals! Your Placement Coordinator will schedule a call with you to provide information so you’re prepared to represent Marymount University in clinical consistency. We’ll also email a clinical checklist detailing the dress code, clinical tools, and professional expectations to ensure your success throughout each rotation.

How Will I Be Evaluated and What Will I Learn?

You will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis. There are no letter grades given during clinicals. With the repetition of practice and assessment, as well as a variety of patient cases, you will learn the clinical skills necessary to confidently pursue a career providing primary care.