MS with Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialization - Clinical Nursing Experience

Requirements Regarding Preceptorships, Internships and Practica

630 clinical preceptorship-supervised hours of advanced practice nursing are required for the MS/PNP, as prescribed by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the PNP Certification Board.

The PNP program's 630 hour preceptorship is comprised of three preceptorship courses, clinical experiences in the Advanced Health Assessment course, and a hands-on workshop in suturing and casting/splinting. The preceptorship sites include: HMOs, physician offices, community clinics, and other community agencies.


The School of Nursing maintains over 100 clinical contracts with healthcare settings in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties. The program allows nurses to learn in or near their rural home communities during the clinical preceptorship component of the program, rather than traveling to urban areas.

Each student will use one of the following practice settings each semester: the Nursing Center for Family Health (NCFH) in Johnson Hall; the Family Health Clinic of Carroll County (FHCCC) in rural Delphi, IN; the Family Health Clinic in rural Monon, IN; and the Nursing Center for Infant Health - Trinity Lilies of the Field House in Lafayette, IN; Arnett Clinics; Regional Occupational Care Center (ROCC); Lafayette Community Health Clinic; St. Vincent's Occupational Health; Clarion Health Corporation; St. Elizabeth Medical Center; Home Hospital; Wabash Valley Hospital; state and local public health departments; state and federal legislative and homeland security offices.

Policy for Student Rotations

Students are provided with a wide variety of clinical experiences with adolescents and adults. The School of Nursing acquires and maintains contracts with precepting agencies. Precepting agencies include rural health nurse-managed clinics, community outpatient clinics in underserved areas, private general practice offices, and primary healthcare settings.

All students spend at least one semester in a rural clinic for underserved adolescents and/or adults, and one semester in a private clinic. All non-faculty preceptors are licensed to practice in the State of Indiana, have experience in adolescent and/or adult health, and are nationally certified nurse practitioners, licensed physicians, or subspecialty physicians and/or specialty board certifications. All students spend at least one semester with a nurse practitioner. There is close supervision of students by clinical NP faculty. Faculty make at least two visits per semester to the students' clinical site. Indirect supervision by faculty members includes evaluating the student's progress and serving as liaison to community agencies. No more than 6 students at one time are indirectly supervised. Direct supervision by faculty members (who are preceptors) includes no more than 2 students at any given time. Non-faculty nurse practitioners and physicians precept only one student at a time in the clinical area.

Nursing faculty directly precept beginning students and students who need extra supervision at the School of Nursing's nurse-managed clinics. If a student's clinical performance does not meet the evaluation standard set by the faculty, the student is precepted by faculty at the School of Nursing's nurse-managed clinics until their evaluation is satisfactory.

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