Clinical Placement

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) faculty are committed to students and their clinical education needs. We have a dedicated Clinical Placement staff that administratively coordinates the clinical placement for all students. The faculty determine the adequacy of the site and whether the preceptor meets the requirements to ensure you receive the experiences necessary to prepare you in your area of specialty.


If you plan to complete clinical rotations outside of the middle Tennessee area, the Clinical Placement staff, along with program faculty, will collaborate with you to secure quality clinical placements. After a site has been identified, Clinical Placement staff will work to secure all necessary contracts and paperwork. All students must maintain current proof of health and safety requirements on file with the school during their entire enrollment. All such requirements must be up-to-date in order to begin or continue clinical courses. For clinical at the specialty level, a valid, unencumbered RN license is required. Depending on your clinical placement location, you may be required to obtain additional state licenses. Due to regulatory requirements or availability of preceptors, VUSN cannot accommodate clinical placements in all areas of the country.


Action Plan for Clinical Placement for Specialty Students

Note: This plan does not apply to Nurse Midwifery students - please see your specialty orientation page for your information



Step 1:  Know your clinical placement category* and complete the appropriate Student Profile Form.


Middle Tennessee Area (MTA) or Outside Middle Tennessee Area (OMTA)


*For placement category refer to your admissions letter.


Still unsure of placement category? Contact your program director.


If you will be completing clinicals Outside Middle TN (OMTA):


If you will be completing clinicals in the Middle TN Area (MTA):

  • Step 2:  Faculty make final determination in all student placement decisions. Your faculty will contact preceptors on your behalf; do not contact any MTA preceptors.

  • Step 3:  Ensure all MSN clinical requirements are up to date.