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.