nurse with patient

FAMILY NURSE
PRACTICTIONER

MSN FNP Practicums

The practicum experience is an integral part of the MSN-FNP curriculum. Before you decide where to complete your practicum, please be aware that Chamberlain's program does not prepare you for specialty certifications. It is our belief that all FNPs should be trained and gain experience in a general primary care setting before seeking out specialties. Should you wish to specialize later in your career, you will have the clinical skills all nurse practitioners need as you seek additional training and certifications.

Prospective and enrolled student, below you will find the steps you must complete while identifying your practicum site and preceptor. Although student driven, we are here to help you succeed and have included many resource to help you through the process.

 

Steps to Complete While in the MSN FNP Degree Program

Step 1: Practicum Coordinator Communication

Now that you have started your MSN core courses, you have been assigned a practicum coordinator who will assist you through the practicum process. It is important to connect with your coordinator at least six months before your first practicum. We have found that students who connect with their coordinator in this time frame typically enjoy a better overall practicum experience. Your practicum coordinator will be reaching out to introduce themselves. If you would like to connect with them sooner, click here to locate their contact information.

Step 2: Identify Desired Practicum Site

You are required to identify a potential clinical setting for your future practicum courses. Many students find it helpful to identify a preceptor first as this may help with securing a practicum site. 

To help you identify an appropriate site, please review the resources below.

The tables below detail appropriate practicum sites and when they can be utilized in your practicum courses.

Course Number Course Name Family Practice Site Other Potential Sites

NR-511

Differential Diagnosis and Primary Care Practicum

Preferred
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatric Primary Care*
  • Family Medicine
NR-601 Primary Care of Maturing & Aged Family Practicum Preferred
  • Internal Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Pediatric Primary Care*
NR-602 Primary Care of the Childbearing and Childrearing Family Practicum Preferred
  • Internal Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Women's Health*
  • Pediatric Primary Care*
NR-603 Advanced Clinical Diagnosis and Practice across the Lifespan Practicum Preferred
  • Primary Care
  • Retail Health*
  • Women's Health*
  • College Health
  • Prison Services (Primary Care)
  • Mobile Units (Primary Care)
  • Urgent Care*
NR-661 APN Capstone Practicum Preferred
  • Primary Care
  • Retail Health*
  • Women's Health*
  • College Health
  • Prison Services (Primary Care)
  • Mobile Units (Primary Care)
  • Urgent Care*


*Site may only be used once. 

Practicum Site Description Which courses? How many times?

Family Practice

Continuing and comprehensive healthcare for the individual and family – care for all ages, sexes, each organ system and every disease entity

All

5
Preferred practicum site type for all FNP practicum courses

Retail Clinic Primary care clinics located in a retail store that care for common illnesses and injuries NR-603
NR-661
1
Internal Medicine Specialty dealing with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of adult diseases NR-511
NR-601
NR-602
NR-603
NR-661
4
May be used for four courses with the use of a pediatric site for the 5th course.
Pediatrics Specialty dealing with the health and medical care of infants, children, and adolescents from birth up to the age of 18 NR-511
NR-601
NR-602
NR-603
NR-661
1
Women's Health Specialty that focuses on the treatment and diagnosis of diseases and conditions that affect a woman's physical and emotional well-being NR-602
NR-603
NR-661
1
Urgent Care Specialty that focuses on the immediate care and treatment of illnesses and injuries that do not appear to be life threatening NR-603
NR-661
1
College Health Provision of wellness and primary care services to all full time students in a college setting  NR-603
NR-661
1
Prison Services Primary care only; provision of acute, chronic and preventative health care for inmates of incarceration programs NR-603
NR-661
1
Mobile Units

Primary care only; provision of acute, chronic and preventative health care provided via mobile medical units.

NR-603 1

Requests for clinical experiences in ER, inpatient hospital, and other specialty practices (cardiology, dermatology, weight loss clinics, college health clinics, home visits, geriatrics, hospice, long-term care centers, etc.) will not be considered as they will not provide enough exposure to family practice populations

Step 3: Identify Preceptor(s) and Gather Their Information

Once you have identified your desired site and  preceptor for the practicum site(s) complete your practicum application by submitting your site and preceptor information using the instructions found in the practicum application guide

Completing this process in your student portal helps ensure all of your information is accurate and allows you to track your practicum progress. Although we recommend you complete this step sooner, you must submit your application and preceptor information at least 2 sessions before your practicum course is scheduled to begin.

Step 4: Submit Practicum Application and Preceptor Information

Once you have identified a preceptor for the practicum site(s) complete your practicum application by submitting your preceptor’s information using the instructions found in the practicum application guide. You will need to indicate the practicum site even if you plan to use the site identified during the admissions process.

Completing this process in your student portal helps ensure all of your information is accurate and allows you to track your practicum progress. Although we recommend you complete this step sooner, you must submit your application and preceptor information at least 2 sessions before your practicum course is scheduled to begin.

Step 5: Satisfying clinical compliance requirements

You will be contacted by the clinical compliance team in advance of your practicum and sent a packet with instructions for submitting items required for FNP students. You also maybe require to fulfill additional items by your site. All compliance items must be completed/received by your clinical compliance coordinator at least 30 days prior to the start of your practicum. If these items are not received, you will not be allowed to register for your practicum course.

Steps to complete if you need to find a new practicum site and preceptor

If you find yourself in this position, whatever the reason, no need to worry – communicate with your practicum coordinator and follow the steps listed in the previous section to help you find a new practicum site and preceptor. Although we understand this may have been out of your control, we will do everything we can to help keep you on schedule. Please know this process does take time and the possibility of delaying your next practicum course start may exist.

I want to provide information to a practicum site and preceptor

Below are resources you may review, save and provide to a practicum site and preceptor to give them a greater understanding of the precepting experience. Additionally, you may direct a potential preceptor to this website.

I want to know more about the FNP Immersion Weekend

The lab component of NR-509: Advanced Physical Assessment (often referred to as the Immersion Weekend Experience) typically takes place during week 7 at the Q Center located in the western suburbs of Chicago. Please do not make your travel arrangements until instructed to do so during the first week of NR-509 as the location could change. You are responsible for the travel costs while participating in the immersion weekend as part of NR-509. Typical costs include travel to/from Illinois, lodging and meals for 1-2 nights. The Immersion Weekend Fact Sheet (PDF) provides an overview of the weekend and the necessary travel arrangements. Please use this sheet as a general reference with the understanding that the logistics specific to your lab date will be provided during week 1 of NR-509. If you have questions, please send an email to [email protected] or contact your admission representative.

I want to know more about the FNP track courses

The FNP track courses, including the practicum courses, contain some academic and learning style differences from the MSN core courses. To help you understand these differences, please review the resources below: