Student Placement

Student Placement Experiences offered at VUMC

  • Group* and Practicum Placements


    • Nursing Program with a current affiliation agreement with VUMC
    • Please check with your school to verify if your school is a VUMC affiliate
    • Local VUMC affiliate programs*
    • Clinical Instructors* 
  • NP, Physician Assistant, and/or DNP students in need of a VUMC preceptor (excluding physician preceptors).

    Graduate nursing students must complete a placement request form ahead of the semester the preceptorship will occur. Completed request forms will be reviewed to clear the student for a rotation at VUMC. The completion of a request form does not guarantee clinical placement. Forms received following the placement request form deadlines may result in delayed start dates for approved rotations.

    Advanced practice students in need of a VUMC preceptor (NP, PA-C, or Midwife) can request VUMC to identify a preceptor on their behalf. Completed forms will be reviewed to match applicants with advanced practice preceptors within the students’ clinical area of interest based on preceptor availability. Students may also indicate a preferred preceptor on their request form at the time of completion, if known. If you have questions, please email

    Student Placement Request Form Timeline

    Semester of Placement
    Request Form Deadline
    Notification Deadline

    Spring 2024 Placement
    (January 1 - April 30)

    October 1, 2023 November 10, 2023

    Summer 2024 Placement
    (May 1 - July 31)

    February 1, 2024
    March 7, 2024

    Fall 2024 Placement
    (August 1 - December 31)

    May 1, 2024 June 10, 2024

    Placement Request Form Instructions

    • The placement request form will need to be completed in full prior to review by VUMC.
    • Placement request forms submitted will be reviewed equally.
    • You will be notified by regarding your placement request form as noted on the timeline above. 
    • Status updates cannot be provided prior to notification deadlines.  
    • If matched with a provider, there is no guarantee that all clinical hours can be completed with the provider.  
    • The completion of a placement request form does not guarantee clinical placement.

    The VUMC Student Placement team may share applicable components of your placement request form with potential preceptors and advanced practice leadership in search of a placement match.

    Because VUMC has a high demand for preceptorships, especially in specialty clinical areas like Pediatrics and Women’s Health, we strongly encourage you not to limit your search for clinical placement options to one organization.

    If you have any questions regarding any clinical experiences, please contact Student Placement directly at

  • Doctorate and Master’s of Nursing students (excluding Nurse Practitioner, Physician's Assistant, and Doctorate of Nursing Practice students), Sterile Processing, Register Nurse First Assistant and Paramedic Students.


    • Accredited program with a current affiliation agreement with VUMC
    • Please check with your school to verify if your school is a VUMC affiliate
    • Confirmed VUMC preceptor
    • Submit placement request form at least 8 weeks prior to the desired start date of the rotation
    • Final clearance communication to start rotation by Student Placement Program
  • VUMC has established affiliate relationships with accredited programs to provide clinical rotation opportunities for the following students:

    • Undergraduate Nursing
    • Physician Assistant
    • Sterile Processing
    • Paramedic
    • Medical Assistant
    • Masters of Nursing
    • Doctorate of Nursing 
    • Nurse Practitioner
    • Midwifery

    Affiliate relationships between VUMC and participating schools* are necessary to verify:

    • The student's role and responsibilities during clinical rotations while at VUMC and the role of their assigned preceptor(s)
    • Appropriate criteria and objectives are able to be met by the student’s participation in clinical rotations

    *Steps to establish an affiliation with VUMC if your school is not an approved community-affiliated school

    • Contact your school’s administrator in charge of managing student placement affiliation agreements with healthcare facilities (i.e. Clinical Coordinator).
    • Have them contact to start the process of creating an affiliation agreement