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Clinical Placement Services

What is Clinical Placement?

Clinical placement is the required clinical education component of Baylor University’s Online Doctor of Nursing Practice programs (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.

What Can I Expect from My 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
What Are My Responsibilities as a Student?

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
What Can I Expect on My First Day of Clinicals?

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. 

After I Approve My Site, How Long Before I Start My Clinicals?

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.

Do I Have to do Anything After I Complete the Intake Form?

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.

What is the Placement Experience Like?

During the placement experience, you will have access to faculty and other resources to support you. 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.

How does the clinical placement process work?

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.

How Does This Benefit You?

Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing believes you are only as successful as your training, which is why we will collaborate with you to identify clinical sites and preceptors for clinical rotations. This will enable 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.

What Tools Will Be Available to Support Me During My Clinicals?

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.

What Courses Are Required for the Online DNP programs Clinical Hours?

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 52ab Psychiatric Mental Health NP Management I: Practicum 
  • NUR 53bc Psychiatric Mental Health NP Management II: Practicum 
  • NUR 53cd: Psychiatric Mental Health NP Management III: Practicum 
  • NUR 52dd: Psychiatric Mental Health Residency 
  • NUR 6V76: APN Residency 
  • NUR 6V76 APN Residency 
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