The clinical experience is one of the most exciting times in the student journey as it allows you to gain hands-on experience with practicing clinicians in your home community. FNU’s clinical experience will provide an opportunity for you to evaluate and improve the practice/system, help you continue to develop expertise in an area of practice, and allow you to seek experiences to improve your skills to practice autonomously.
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) clinical experience follows completion of your didactic coursework and a campus visit for Clinical Bound.
“The education, wisdom, and patience that she has shown and given to me is something I can never repay, but I would like her to know how thankful I am for her commitment to me.”
- FNU Student Amanda Hallman, MSN, CNM, Class 179 speaking about Dr. Tanya Baca
- MSN students will complete a minimum 675 clinical hours and a minimum 16 weeks of clinical experience during the MSN curriculum.
- For Post-Graduate students, the minimum is 540 clinical hours with a successful challenge of three clinical credits and 14 weeks of clinical experience.
- DNP students will complete 360 clinical hours over 3 terms. Learn more about the DNP clinical experience.
- Click here to view the catalog for clinical hour requirements.
MSN and PGC students are encouraged to plan two to three 11-week terms in clinical and may work with multiple preceptors to achieve these hours. Required clinical experiences assist you in developing necessary clinical skills, and you may choose, or be required, to use more than one clinical site in order to receive a variety of clinical experiences.
Specialty Requirements - Required MSN and PGC Clinical Experiences
These requirements are subject to change. Students are required to follow the degree requirements as outlined in the FNU Catalog during their time of enrollment.
Click the specialty below to see requirements.
Clinical Bound is a skills-intensive experience for MSN and PGC students, held at FNU’s campus in Kentucky. This is an exciting time for you as a student because you have completed your didactic coursework and are validated as having acquired the skills necessary to begin a community-based clinical practicum. There is also time for informal communication between faculty and other students so that you can ask questions and prepare for your clinical experience. Students are assigned to a Clinical Bound session according to their individual plan of study.
Clinical Placement Services
At FNU, you are not alone in your search for clinical site placement. We are with you every step of the way. FNU offers clinical outreach and placement services and resources to assist students in identifying potential clinical sites. Our clinical outreach and placement team provides support to help you troubleshoot challenging situations and works with you one-on-one to navigate the overall clinical site search process. Not only do we offer a vast network of sites and preceptors nationwide, we also continually secure new ones. We work together with you to secure a clinical site and preceptor(s). Learn more about connecting with preceptors and clinical sites as well as the many support services available to you in this process.
Regional Clinical Faculty
Shortly after your enrollment in FNU, you will begin working with a Regional Clinical Faculty (RCF) to develop your clinical plan. The RCF is responsible for evaluating both the clinical site and preceptor to ensure you have a clinical plan that will meet your program requirements. During your clinical practicum, the RCF will provide guidance and support to you and your preceptor by participating in discussions, helping to resolve any issues regarding clinical sites, organizing regional gatherings and sharing clinical wisdom and experience. FNU students benefit greatly from having these advanced practice nurses as role models during the clinical experience.
After attending Clinical Bound, students begin their clinical experience. You will provide nurse practitioner or nurse-midwifery services in your home community for 4-10 months under the guidance of one or more clinician preceptors.
“I feel like I’m learning the hands-on portion. I’ve learned all the didactic work, and now I’m gaining the confidence to transition into the role of being a student nurse-midwife.”
- Chantee Redding, Nurse-Midwifery Student
FNU Campus Move
FNU’s Kentucky campus has moved from Hyden, Ky., to Versailles, Ky. Clinical Bound sessions resumed as in-person sessions in October 2021, and Frontier Bound orientation sessions resumed as in-person sessions in May 2022. Learn more about our Versailles campus and this exciting time at FNU.
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