What to Expect

As a student in either the Nurse Educator or Nurse Administrator option of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, you will take a practicum course near the end of the curriculum. This 6-credit practicum experience includes 270 practicum hours and will be developed to fulfill mutually agreed-upon objectives based on your previous experiences and identified learning needs. 

The practicum planning process involves establishing a site affiliation agreement with the practicum site. You will be responsible for identifying potential practicum sites and preceptors and working with the Assistant Dean for Online Education and Outreach at the College of Nursing to accomplish the affiliation agreement process. Some students choose to complete practicum requirements at their place of employment and other students identify alternate practicum sites. 

For the Nurse Educator option students, the practicum hours will take place in an academic or health care setting. You will work with a preceptor who holds a master’s degree or higher and is in a nurse educator role in an educational setting to demonstrate multiple aspects of the nurse educator role. 

For the Nurse Administrator students, the practicum hours will take place in a health care setting. You will work with a preceptor who holds a master’s degree or higher in a health care setting to demonstrate multiple aspects of the nurse administrator role.