Preceptor / Clinical Site Placement / Clinical Hour Guidelines
for Graduate Nurse Practitioner Students

It is the responsibility of the graduate student to secure clinical sites and preceptors for Clinical Management in Primary Health Care: NP I, NP II, and NP III. This process should begin at least one semester prior to the beginning of the clinical course. The CON requires that legal contracts with agencies be in place and on file prior to starting clinical. Please email Pam Bowman at bowmanp@upstate.edu to see if there is a contract in place for your chosen site. Be advised that legal contracts may take up to one month or more before they are in place.

Instructors for Spring Semester

Completed Preceptor/Clinical Site Information for Nursing Student PDF document (fill it online, print and sign) MUST be submitted to Pam Bowman BEFORE starting clinical for her review and signature. Once this form has been signed by Pam, she will distribute copies to the Clinical Placement Coordinator & the clinical track coordinator.

Minimumclinical requirements for the Clinical Management in Primary Health Care: NP I, NP II and NP III courses are as follows:

Courses
Hours
NP I
150 hours
NP II
225 hours
NP III
225 hours

Your faculty advisor/track coordinator will advise you of considerations for your clinical experience based upon specialty requirements as well as your area of interest. The preceptor must be a Nurse Practitioner (NP) with at least two years experience or a physician. A Physician Assistant (PA) cannot legally precept Nurse Practitioner Students.

Nurse Practitioner Track Guidelines

Family Nurse Practitioner students
  • 300-400 hours in a primary care focused, general medicine setting that includes older adults.
  • 100-200 hours with pediatric patients including infants through 21 years of age.
  • 48 hours in Women'S Health (8 of the 48 hours must be OB clinical observation)
    *No more than 100 hours in a specialty practice. (NP II & III) 400 hours in a primary care focused, general medicine setting that includes older adults.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner students
  • 600 hours in a primary care focused, general pediatric setting (infants through 21 years)
  • Include 40 hours of Adolescent / Women Health
  • 100 hours may be obtained in subspecialty clinics. (NP II & III)