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Undergraduate Group Clinical Placement

VUMC provides group clinical placements for affiliated Nursing Schools. Please check with your nursing school for further information.

Undergraduate Practicum Clinical Placement

The undergraduate practicum clinical placement positions the student in a one-on-one learning situation with a Registered Nurse. Students participate in a dynamic experience that combines nursing concepts with clinical practice.

  • VUMC provides undergraduate preceptorship experiences for affiliated Nursing Schools. Please check with your nursing school for further information.
  • View the Practicum Calendar
  • For more information, email student.placement@vumc.org.

Graduate Clinical Placement (NP, PA, and Midwifery Students)

As of April 22, 2019, VUMC Student Placement will begin preceptor matching for NP, PA, and Midwifery students.  Students will no longer need to reach out to and locate a clinical preceptor.  Because preceptorship opportunities at VUMC are competitive and we cannot guarantee placement for all students, students will apply through the survey below for placement at VUMC, being matched with preceptors within clinical area of interest based on preceptor availability.  Our hope is that this new process will give students the most equitable opportunity at having a preceptorship experience here at VUMC.  **Students who have already secured a preceptor and submitted their request for fall of 2019 prior to April 22, 2019, please know that we will honor these preceptorships as requested.  You do not need to complete an additional application.  If you have questions about your situation, please email student.placement@vumc.org.

Graduate Clinical Placement Website

NP, PA, and Midwifery students interested in completing a preceptorship at VUMC should submit an application for Student Placement found on the Graduate Clinical Placement website.

VUMC requests that students and academic institutions refrain from directly contacting providers and clinic sites.  All NP, PA, and midwifery student placement requests should be submitted via the application on the Graduate Clinical Placement website.

Additional Clinical Placements

VUMC faciltiates additional clinical placements for various students that are enrolled in an affilated school. We are always thrilled to welcome students for clinical rotations. Please reference the below guidelines for the additional placement process.  (These placements typically include Nursing Informatics, Nursing Education, DNP, and various surgical specialties.)

VUMC Student Placement Guide

Please submit all requests at least eight (8) weeks prior to the start of your clinical experience.

  • Reach out to potential preceptors in your area(s) of interest and verify willingness and availability.
  • Complete the Student Clinical Placement Request Form.
  • Student Placement team will verify current affiliation agreement in place with school.
  • Student Placement team will reach out to your faculty advisor identified on the request form for verification of immunizations, background check and other required documentation.
  • You will be assigned and notified regarding required compliance training and potential computer training that must be completed befor your start date.
  • Student placement team will send a clearance email to you and your preceptor, along with instructions to pick up your student ID badge.

*If you have any questions regarding any clinical experiences, please contact Student Placement directly at student.placement@vumc.org.

Observational Experiences

Observational experiences for individuals who are interested in observing in a specific area are offered through Vanderbilt Observational Experience (VOE). Each observational experience is approved through NEPD.

  • Observations are not offered for Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital (VPH).
  • Please visit the VOE website for more information or email voe@vumc.org.

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