Online MSN Clinical Experiences
Precepted clinical experiences are individually arranged by students. Students can complete clinical experiences in a local community with an approved preceptor and clinical site. Students should be prepared to travel to a clinical site. Students must also be prepared to work around the availability of the clinical site and preceptor. Particular days and times cannot be guaranteed. For plans of study prior to Fall 2012, nurse practitioner students complete a minimum of 540 to 810 hours with an assigned clinical preceptor. Each clinical course requires 135 precepted hours, which averages to nine hours per week. For plans of study beginning in Fall 2102, all nurse practitioner students complete a minimum of 810 hours with an assigned clinical preceptor. Clinical courses require 180 precepted hours (about 12 hours per week) and 270 precepted hours (about 18 hours per week.) Students working full-time during the program should understand that time and priority must be devoted to clinicals.
Out-of-state students are responsible for contacting their state nursing board to verify any requirements that are needed in order to conduct clinicals as a student or apply for an APRN license in their state upon graduating from an online, out-of-state program.
The College of Nursing houses the MUSC Healthcare Simulation Center, which was recently named one of 15 “Laerdal Centers of Excellence.” NP students use the 11,000 square foot center in all clinical courses for application of critical thinking skills and demonstration of professional competencies. NP students are required to be on campus once a semester during clinical courses to practice and validate skill competencies for physical assessment and patient encounters.