Identifying appropriate preceptor(s) and clinical site(s) is one of the most important steps in the FNU student experience. Preceptors will serve as your mentor and help you gain the clinical experience you need for long-term success. FNU students have a long tradition of identifying their own clinical sites and preceptors, which allows them to find the best sites and preceptors in their area to meet program requirements. This tradition also allows students to obtain clinical experience that best fits their personal interests, personalities and learning styles.
As an FNU student, you will have exclusive access to the university’s network of nearly 13,000 clinical sites and 16,000 preceptors throughout all 50 states, while still having the flexibility to identify and add new preceptors and sites to our network.
Our clinical outreach and placement services team ensures you have access to resources which will assist in selecting a qualified preceptor (or preceptors) in your program area who fits best with your needs and interests. We encourage students to start networking early as strong professional connections can support the preceptor search. If you are applying to FNU and already have a commitment from a preceptor, our team will instruct you on how to submit your clinical plan.
MSN and post-graduate certificate students receive university support to assist in identifying preceptors and clinical sites starting with the Frontier Bound orientation session. We highly recommend identifying appropriate preceptors early in the program as rotations can be competitive, especially in certain regions.
“I found the Clinical Outreach and Placement Office very helpful in helping me navigate what steps I should be taking next and as a sounding board for my ideas and concerns.”
- Crystal Miller FNU Student
FNU offers the following resources and support to students:
- Community Map - allows you to explore an extensive pool of potential clinical sites and resources located around the country. Filtering techniques enable searches by location, site type and preceptor specialty to help personalize your clinical experience.
- Clinical Outreach and Placement Services team to help you navigate the clinical site identification timeline and provides various resources to support your clinical site and preceptor search.
- Regional Clinical Faculty (RCF) are practitioners in your region who support you from your first day at Frontier until you complete your clinical practicum. Your RCF will ensure your identified clinical site and preceptor(s) are appropriate for your program requirements. There are over 50 RCFs spread across the United States to help ensure students’ clinical success.
- Clinical Credentialing team works to establish your site contract, exchange certificates of insurance, and facilitate your student clearance at the site.
- Insurance - FNU provides general and professional liability insurance for all clinical students.
- Case Days held across the US and virtually where you can network with students, faculty, alumni, and local practitioners.
“We just want to make sure that our students know that we are here to help them any way we can. We have tools and resources to help them conduct their search and are always happy to hear their success stories.”
- Katie Graves Clinical Advisor