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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions to learn more about our online programs at Youngstown State University.
No. Clinical practicum courses must be taken one at a time.
It is up to the student to work with their preceptor for an agreed-upon schedule to complete the clinical hours required for each clinical course.  A total of 180 practicum hours are to be completed in a 7 week term.  This averages out to about 26 practicum hours per week.
FNP: NURS 7048 Family Nurse Practitioner 1 Practicum – 180 hours NURS 7049 Family Nurse Practitioner 2 Practicum – 180 hours NURS 7050 Family Nurse Practitioner 3 Practicum – 180 hours NURS 7051 Family Nurse Practitioner 4 Practicum = 60 hours Total 600 hours   AG-ACNP: NURS 7038 Adult Gerontology Acute Care 1 Practicum – 180 hours NURS 7040 Adult Gerontology Acute Care 2 Practicum – 180 hours NURS 7042 Adult Gerontology Acute Care 3 Practicum – 180 hours Total of 540 hours
Students are highly encouraged to explore clinical opportunities in their own geographic location. All clinical site and preceptor information will be verified as students submit their information for approval.
Yes. Clinical rotations may be completed at the student’s place of employment. However, students must abide by the following rules:
  • Clinical hours cannot be completed in the student’s direct unit or patient care area.
  • An immediate supervisor cannot be the student’s preceptor.
  • Students cannot perform clinical hours during any time they are being paid as an employee (they cannot be “on the clock”).
The clinical site must be appropriate for the specialty of the program and the patient population required for each specific course. See grid below for program-specific information. Refer to your syllabus for expectations and objectives. Contact your clinical faculty/clinical coordinator for additional information.  
Program Acceptable Clinical Sites
Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP (AGACNP)
  • Must be in an acute care setting
  • 540 total clinical hours that may be completed in the following specialty settings.
  • Free-Standing ED’s, Urgent Care, etc.
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Must be in a primary care setting
  • 600 total clinical hours that may be completed in the following specialty settings:
    • Adult Primary Care
    • Gerontology Primary Care
    • Pediatric Primary Care
    • Women’s Health Primary Care
Preceptor information must be submitted to the university two months prior to the clinical start date for approval. It is highly recommended that students submit two months prior to the start of each clinical rotation.
The student will begin the clinical site request and preceptor request via Medatrax.  This process needs to begin when the student is admitted to the program.  This process may take many months.  The student needs to complete the three-page document (located on Medatrax) which includes the “Student Preceptor Agreement” and the “Clinical Site Request”.
Students should notify the Graduate Clinical Coordinator, Mrs. Nicole Wells at [email protected], as soon as possible if any such changes occur. This depends on how long the clinical clearance process takes at the facility. If the preceptor is at a facility where an affiliation agreement is needed, there is no guarantee these negotiations will be finalized prior to the start date. In this case, the student might need an alternate clinical site.
Students should submit preceptor information via Medatrax. Once the clinical process is complete and the student has been verified as “clinically ready”, they will receive a notification in the Mail Center via Medatrax.
Preceptor information must be submitted to the university two months prior to the clinical start date for approval. It is highly recommended that students submit two months prior to the start of each clinical rotation.
The number of preceptors varies based on clinical rotations/clinical courses. These hours may be split among multiple approved preceptors. There is no defined number of preceptors required for the NP program.
No, Youngstown State University does not contract with a third party to assist with locating preceptors or clinical sites. Students are discouraged from using a third party, especially if payment for services is required.
If students need assistance with clinical placement, Youngstown State University cannot guarantee a clinical placement within your immediate vicinity. Students may be required to commute outside of their local area for clinical placement. Notify Graduate Clinical Coordinator, Mrs. Nicole Wells at [email protected] if unable to locate a preceptor at least 90 days in advance.
Helpful tips on securing a preceptor can be found on the Graduate Nursing Program BB site.
Youngstown State University highly encourages students to secure their own preceptors (to best accommodate schedule and location).
No, students are not permitted to use their direct supervisor as their preceptor. Students are also not permitted to perform clinical rotations during hours they are working as an employee at a facility.
Only one-year requirement for both FNP and AG-ACNP.  Physicians do not need to have one full year of experience.  Only NP. Preceptor Qualifications by Program:
Program Degree / Experience / Qualifications
Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP (AGACNP)
  • Must have two years' experience
  • MSN minimum degree
  • Credential requirements: Can be an MD, NP or DO. May not be a physician’s assistant.
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Must have one year experience
  • MSN minimum degree
  • Credential requirements: Can be an MD, NP or DO. May not be a physician’s assistant.

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