MSN Clinical Requirements
Welcome, Graduate MSN Students!
Welcome, students! An important part of a nursing students’ educational journey is performing successfully in required clinical hours. The time dedicated on a clinical site, prepares students for their future roles in the healthcare field. This page will guide new and continuing students through the clinical placement process.
Texas State University is here to guide students through the clinical process. There are hundreds of approved affiliates contracted with Texas State University to help with securing placement. Students are responsible for making the connection, setting up their placement details, and turning in the correct paperwork to the clinical coordinator and faculty on time. While working to secure a placement keep a couple things in mind:
- Build strong relationships in the healthcare field.
- Ask trusted contacts if they would precept.
- Learn about each preceptor and facility before placement begins.
If a student is absolutely unable to find a preceptor or clinical site, the Clinical Education Program Coordinator will set he or she up with one. This though requires travel to other Texas cities as far south as Laredo and as far north as Paris, Texas.
CASTLE BRANCH REQUIREMENTS
Students are required to complete all Castle Branch (CB) requirements before they begin their program. Immunizations, certificates, and licenses need to be renewed periodically. It is the students responsibility to make sure all of these are up to date before and during each semester. Clinical facilities require these as well and students cannot participate if they are not up to date on all CB requirements.
Requirements for each program:
*Background Check *Drug Test *Measles *Mumps * Rubella *Varicella (Chicken Pox) *Hepatitis B *TB Skin Test *Tetanus *CPR Certification *Health Insurance *Influenza *Physical Examination *RN License *MSN Handbook *Laptop Inspection *Confidentiality Statement *Emergency Contact *Photo Release
Required Clinical Paperwork
For all programs, clinical paperwork is mandatory. Required forms are listed at the bottom of this page and separated into programs. Forms must be submitted to the Clinical Education Placement Coordinator (CEPC) at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the start of the semester.
For FNP and PMHNP, once the CEPC confirms that the facility and preceptor are affiliates in good standing and courses open, students will move on to the next step in the approval process. Next, students will upload their clinical documents into their practicum course along with their schedule. Once final approval comes from the clinical faculty, students will be ready to start. DO NOT start until you have final approval from Clinical Faculty.
For LAN, once the CEPC confirms that the facility and preceptor are affiliates in good standing, the student must receive final approval from Clinical Faculty.
CLINICAL SITE APPROVAL FORM
The Clinical Site Approval is only required if a facility that you plan to do clinicals with is not an approved affiliate with Texas State University. To see if a facility is an approved affiliate, students must do one of the following:
- Send an email inquiring to email@example.com
- Review the list on their TRACS Graduate Orientation or Current Students site.
If your site is an approved affiliate, then a Clinical Site Approval form is not needed. If you need your site to become affiliated, then please complete the form and send to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. This process can take anywhere from one week to one year, so getting it submitted quickly is the best course of action.
PRECEPTOR OR MENTOR APPROVAL FORM
The Preceptor Approval Form is required for both the FNP and PMHNP programs. The Mentor Form is required for the LAN program. This must be completed for each Preceptor or Mentor you work with. If students are working with two preceptors at the same facility, their must be two individual forms for each. Preceptors and Mentors cannot be combined on the same form. Once the student COMPLETELY fills out the top portion, the Preceptor will complete the rest and sign. Then, the completed form must be submitted to email@example.com.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
- Nelson Mandela
FNP AND PMHNP PROGRAM
Please contact our office with any questions you may have.
Cristina L. McKee, MBA
Coordinator, Clinical Education Placement
St. David’s School of Nursing, Texas State University
Round Rock Campus
100 Bobcat Way
Round Rock, TX 78665