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Baylor University is proud to offer clinical placement support services for the Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse PractitionerNurse-MidwiferyPediatric Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner tracks, as well as the Distance ABSN program.

Our goal is to collaborate with you in finding high-quality clinical placement options to help you apply newly gained knowledge, values, and skills from the classroom into the field. This allows you to focus on your coursework and being prepared and equipped to be a change agent in your field. 


Committed To You

As an Online DNP or Distance ABSN student, you will collaborate with a Clinical Placement Coordinator on securing a clinical site and preceptor for all clinical rotations. These Coordinators will:

  • Provide a nuanced assessment of your professional goals to identify a preceptor and an ideal work environment in your local area (e.g. hospitals, community clinics, or private practice).
  • Work closely with you to identify academic areas of interest and connect you with clinical expertise that is the best fit for your area of study.
  • Prepare you prior to the practicum by providing a realistic idea of the work that you will be doing and ensuring that you are ready to work independently in a fast-paced environment.

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

  • Orientation
  • Document/Clearance Requirements
  • Student Relocation Compliance
  • Site Assessments & Communications
  • Tech Support

Frequently Asked Questions About Clinical Placement Services

Clinical placement is the required clinical education component of Baylor University’s Online Doctor of Nursing Practice program (DNP) and the Distance ABSN program. Clinicals work closely with the classroom-based coursework to prepare you for your future providing primary care in the field. 

Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing believes you are only as successful as your training, which is why we collaborate with students to identify and secure clinical sites and preceptors for all clinical rotations. This enables you to focus on coursework and developing core competencies rather than spending a significant amount of time on the logistics of clinical placements. However, if you already have a placement site or preceptor in mind, students are encouraged to refer them to the placement team to secure. Additionally, you may find clinical placement sites to be potential locations for future employment opportunities upon graduation.

Baylor University’ Online DNP program requirements for clinical hours are:

DNP - Family Nurse Practitioner:

  • NUR 5452 - Advanced Health Assessment 
  • NUR 5250 or 5251 - Domestic Low Resource or FNP International Clinical
  • NUR 5153 - Advanced Practice FNP I & NM I Primary Care Practicum 
  • NUR 5450 - FNP Residency
  • NUR 6V76 - Advanced Practice Nursing Residency
  • NUR 5359 - Advanced Family Practice II 

DNP - Neonatal Nurse Practitioner:

  • NUR 5163 - Advanced Assessment of the Newborn/Infant Practicum
  • NUR 5266 - Advanced Neonatal Nursing Practicum I
  • NUR 5363 - Advanced Neonatal Nursing Practicum II
  • NUR 5369 - NNP Residency
  • NUR 6V76 - Advanced Practice Nursing Residency

DNP - Nurse-Midwifery:

  • NUR 5153 - Advanced Practice FNP I & NM I Primary Care Practicum
  • NUR 5452 - Advanced Health Assessment
  • NUR 5345 - Nurse Midwifery III: Care of the Childbearing Family 
  • NUR 5346 - Nurse Midwifery IV: High Risk Family 
  • NUR 5V43 - Nurse Midwifery II: Women’s Health 
  • NUR 5370 & NUR 6V76: Advanced Practice Nurse-Midwifery Residency

DNP - Pediatric Nurse Practitioner:


  • NUR 5100 - Advanced Pediatric Health Care Management I: Practicum
  • NUR 5200 - Advanced Pediatric Health Care Management II: Practicum
  • NUR 5309 - Advanced Pediatric Health Care Management III: Practicum 
  • NUR 5400 - PNP Primary Care Residency
  • NUR 6V76 - Advanced Practice Nursing Residency


  • NUR 6310 - Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I: Practicum 
  • NUR 6406 - Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II: Practicum

DNP – Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner:

  • NUR 5213 - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP I Practicum 
  • NUR 5214 - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP II Practicum
  • NUR 5336 - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP III Practicum
  • NUR 5215 - AGACNP Residency 
  • NUR 6V78 - APN Residency

DNP – Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: 

  • NUR 5284 Psychiatric Mental Health NP Management I: Practicum 
  • NUR 5393 Psychiatric Mental Health NP Management II: Practicum 
  • NUR 5387: Psychiatric Mental Health NP Management III: Practicum 
  • NUR 5291: Psychiatric Mental Health Residency 
  • NUR 6V76: APN Residency 
  • NUR 6V76 APN Residency 

Baylor University’s Distance ABSN program requirements for clinical hours are:

  • CSHA Clinical Skills / Health Assessment Lab [students will go to campus one time for two weeks]
  • NUR 3200 Professional Nursing Practice: Intro to Professional Nursing
  • NUR 3226 Professional Nursing: Care of the Patient with Mental Health Needs
  • NUR 3225 Professional Nursing: Care of the Patient with Medical Surgical Needs
  • NUR 4345 Professional Nursing Practice: Community Health Nursing
  • NUR 4225 Professional Nursing Practice: Care of the Childbearing Family
  • NUR 4226 Professional Nursing Practice: Care of the Childrearing Family
  • NUR 4335 Professional Nursing Practice: Transition to Practice

Shortly after enrollment, you will be provided with a placement intake form you are required to complete that captures your competencies, experience, and placement preferences. 

Baylor University will collaborate with you to identify a quality placement site and preceptor. While the placement team is securing sites and preceptors, you will be responsible for completing clinical clearance requirements in preparation for placement, including:

  • Drug screening
  • Background check
  • Recommended vaccinations

You will not be permitted to begin your placement rotations without your clearances complete. Once the sites have been approved by the School of Nursing, Baylor University will share the placement site details with you prior to placement.

During the placement experience, you will have access to faculty and other resources. Faculty will be available to mentor and support you throughout the rotation if there are any specific questions about procedures, patient interactions, and general proficiencies. At the end of the placement rotation, you and your preceptor will review requirements, complete surveys and officially end the placement rotation. If you have multiple rotations, you will receive the next preceptor/site details.

The Placement team will ensure your clinical site and preceptor are located within your regional area and meet all the requirements - from restricted settings and support to education and experience. Once you have received your site information, your only responsibility will be to contact the site and discuss your clinic hours.

You’ll receive an email notification approximately 30 days before you begin your clinical rotation. This email will detail the site and preceptor information, any additional requirements requested by the site. It is at this time that you will introduce yourself to the site and determine a detailed schedule for completing your clinical hours for that rotation.

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

Your responsibilities during clinical rotations include:

  • Reviewing objectives for fulfilling clinical requirements
  • Providing your preceptor with daily written objectives and evaluation forms
  • Reviewing existing clinical protocols and Baylor University’s protocols with your preceptor
  • Documenting all clinical encounters using a SOAP (Subjective, Objective, Assessment and Plan) format
  • Ensuring you are always under the supervision of your preceptor

Your preceptor is your on-site role model and will help you develop as a nurse 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

Clinical faculty and your preceptor will be your primary support during clinical rotation courses. You will also record your assessment /recommendations in SOAP (Subjective, Objective, Assessment and Plan) notes. This will be reviewed and critiqued so you can achieve better practice methods.

Want More Information?

Our dedicated Enrollment Advisors are prepared to answer any further questions you may have. You’ll also be able to discuss admissions requirements, tuition rates, program requirements, and course descriptions. Fill out the form on this page to receive more information. 

*The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing midwifery program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910-6374; for information about accreditation please contact ACME directly. Tel. 240-485-1802,,

**The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at Baylor University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The DNP program of study conforms to the educational guidelines for the state of Texas and the National Task Force Criteria for Nurse Practitioner Programs.


Focus on Your Future

A dedicated Enrollment Advisor can answer your questions and guide you through the application process. Begin by filling out a form and starting the conversation.

  • Admission Requirements
  • Curriculum Details
  • Clinical Placement
  • Enrollment Support
  • Financial Aid
  • Tuition Cost
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