Student Placement

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

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).

    For more information, please visit the Graduate Clinical Placement webpage.

    **Students who have agreed on and arranged a preceptorship with a VUMC physician must fill out the placement request form at least 8 weeks prior to the anticipated start date of the rotation.  The application timeline is only for students in need of a VUMC preceptor and who would like to apply to be potentially matched with a NP or PA-C preceptor (see application instructions below).  If you have questions, please email

    Because preceptorship opportunities are in high-demand, VUMC cannot guarantee the fulfillment of all requests.

  • Doctorate and Master’s of Nursing students (excluding Nurse Practitioner, Physician's Assistant, and Doctorate of Nursing Practice students), Sterile Processing 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 application for placement at least 8 weeks prior to the desired start date of the rotation
    • Final clearance communication to start rotation by Student Placement Program

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