NURSING STUDENT PRACTICUM REQUIREMENTS

PREPARE FOR CLINICAL EXPERIENCES
AT TU AND BEYOND

Gain Skills to Become a Confident and Competent Nurse

The online nursing programs at The University of Tulsa prepare you to succeed in clinical settings, whether it’s your first time working directly with patients or if you’re expanding your existing scope of practice as a nurse.

Our Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) and Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) certificate programs prepare students with real-world skills through preclinical and clinical requirements, completed alongside course content to reinforce learning and foster professional development.

Throughout the clinical experience, students work with assigned preceptors in selected clinical sites, while a TU clinical coordinator provides oversight and support to both the student and preceptor. Our administrators, faculty, and clinical placement coordinators are dedicated to placing students in quality clinical sites that meet the School of Nursing’s curriculum standards. While we make every effort to meet our students’ specific clinical geographic and program needs, no specific clinical site locations or schedules are guaranteed. We regularly update students regarding clinical options and any need for travel.

Explore clinical requirements and practicum information below:

ABSN Program

Clinical Requirements

The ABSN program is built on 66 core credits* of nursing major courses and 630 preclinical, preceptor, and project-based clinical hours. These clinical experiences are intended to prepare future registered nurses (RNs) through immersive skills development on our campus, followed by practicums at selected clinical sites. The practicums will focus on applying principles and concepts in acute and chronic care throughout the lifespan and specialty care in mental health, gerontology, and maternal/child nursing.

*Please note that the total credit hours required may vary based on your individual official transcript evaluations.

Drug Screening and Insurance Requirements

Before attending the skills bootcamp, ASBN students must complete a 10-panel drug screening scheduled via the GroupOne portal. There is a $42 fee for the drug screening.

Students are required to hold professional liability insurance and health insurance for clinicals. The liability insurance fee is $25 per semester.

Preclinical Skills Bootcamp

To prepare students with the skills and competencies they need to be successful in clinical experiences, we’ve designed a five-day bootcamp where students will perform clinical exercises alongside fellow online learners while on campus. Our nursing faculty will supervise students, ensuring that they develop the skills they need to qualify for clinical placement.

The following material fees are required to participate in the on-campus skills bootcamp:

  • $350 course fee that covers necessary nurse kit supplies, including a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, pen light, Foley catheter kit, sterile gloves, syringes, IV start kit, and miscellaneous items such as bandages, gauze, and tape.
  • Scrubs (around $55) and white lab coat (around $30), which you must order and receive through Raley Scrubs before bootcamp begins. TU students are eligible for 20% off scrubs and lab coat purchases. Student discount details will be provided upon admission.
  • All students will receive one free TU School of Nursing name badge during bootcamp. Replacement badges are $10 each.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about bootcamp requirements.

Practicum and Preceptor Information

Once nursing faculty have determined that students have developed all required skills during bootcamp, they will be qualified for clinical-based courses in the ABSN degree path and clinical placement as student nurses. TU clinical placement coordinators will match students with a preceptor and arrange clinical placements.

Our clinical placement coordinators will rely on students’ feedback in selecting clinical locations in their area*, so we encourage students to submit their top choices for potential preceptors through the Clinical Placement Form.

*We cannot guarantee all requested clinical sites.

Technology Requirements

Students will use TracPrac and Clinical Wallet to manage all data related to clinical hours, including drug screening results and clinical evaluations. There is a $75 annual fee to register for TracPrac and a one-time fee of $50 for Clinical Wallet. You will receive information to purchase Clinical Wallet one week before the first day of classes and must purchase TracPrac approximately 30 days before the Preclinical Skills Bootcamp.

AGACNP Certificate

Clinical Requirements

The AGACNP certificate is built on 18 core credits and 600 hours devoted to acute care clinicals. These clinical experiences are intended to prepare the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) for transition to AGACNP practice by synthesizing the concepts of complex pathophysiology, assessment, diagnosis, and management of adults and older adults experiencing acute and critical illness.

AGACNP graduates are qualified to sit for the ANCC AGACNP-BC®.

Drug Screening and Insurance Requirements

Before starting clinicals, AGACNP students must complete a 10-panel drug screening scheduled via the GroupOne portal. There is a $42 fee for the drug screening

Students are required to hold professional liability insurance and health insurance for clinicals. The liability insurance fee is $25 per semester.

Preclinical Skills Assessment

Degree completion requires a two-day skills assessment on our campus, which includes a simulation-based objective structured clinical examination (OSCE).

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about bootcamp requirements.

Practicum and Preceptor Information

Students are required to complete 600 hours of clinical experience for this program. The program director will work with the student to identify and assign a preceptor who will mentor the student during the clinical experiences. The clinical placement will be determined before the start date of the first courses in the program.

Technology Requirements

Students will use TracPrac and Clinical Wallet to manage all data related to clinical hours, including drug screening results and clinical evaluations. There is a $75 annual fee to register for TracPrac and a one-time fee of $50 for Clinical Wallet. You must download, register, and pay for these applications at least one week before the first day of classes.

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