Clinical Placement FAQs

Do I have to find my own placement?

Walsh University provides field experience support for counseling students to help coordinate suitable practicum and internship sites. The field experience team will guide students through this process, offering resources and direction to assist them in securing an approved practicum or internship site. 

Students are encouraged to begin networking with potential internship supervisors who may be willing to work with a student in upcoming semesters.

Nursing Programs

Walsh University is proud to support students with comprehensive clinical placement services in the following programs:

Walsh University’s clinical placement team is actively engaged with our students while being respectful to our healthcare partners during the Covid-19 pandemic.  We will continue to be mindful and work diligently to support our student’s clinical placements. 

 

Here for You

At Walsh University, we will work closely with you to ensure a successful clinical placement that will complement your coursework while allowing you to master the knowledge and skills learned in the online classroom. For many nursing students, finding clinical sites and preceptors can quickly become one of the most challenging aspects of their graduate program, especially as they attempt to do so while juggling full-time work and personal responsibilities. We offer full placement support to assist students in finding a suitable placement, so that your focus can remain fully on your studies.

How Placement Works

As an online DNP or MSN student, a Clinical Placement Coordinator will work with you to secure a clinical site and preceptor for all clinical rotations. Your coordinator will work alongside you to guide you through the clearance process, direct you to where and how you will upload required clearance paperwork as well as highlight important deadlines and clearance status.

Your Coordinator will also:

  • work with you to ensure you are prepared for the practicum by providing realistic ideas as to the kind of work you will be performing
  • coach you on how to properly network and engage within your local clinical community

Once the placement team has secured all necessary documents and approval for preceptors and sites, the coordinator will notify you of the placement site and status and provide you with contact information.

 

Online Nursing Placement Services FAQs

How are preceptor referrals submitted, and am I required to submit them?

Students who have a placement in mind for any of their clinical rotations should inform their Clinical Placement Coordinator.  We encourage students to be active participants in the placement process as it can make for a better experience and could lead to future opportunities upon graduation.

How does Walsh help me find a clinical placement?

Walsh University collaborates with our nursing students to find suitable placements. You are encouraged to network with potential preceptors and work closely with the placement coordinator to secure your placements.

Can students precept where they work?

Yes. However, the preceptor cannot be the immediate work supervisor of the student. Students cannot log clinical hours at the same time as their work hours.

How many clinical hours are required?

The number of clinical hours required varies by program:

  • BSN to MSN (Family Nurse Practitioner): 650 hours
  • BSN to MSN (Nurse Educator): 350 hours
  • BSN to DNP (Family Nurse Practitioner): 1,150 hours
  • NE-MSN with Post-Master's DNP (Nurse Educator): 1,000 hours
  • Post-master’s DNP: 500 hours
When does Walsh start working on a student’s placement?

Walsh University’s clinical placement team is networking with current and potential preceptors and supervisors year-round. We have a network of professionals working in major health systems, outpatient clinics, public health departments, and schools who have an interest in precepting other students.

Nursing students should begin early in the program to start networking with potential preceptors who may be willing to precept a student in upcoming semesters. There is competition for clinical sites and preceptors nationwide, so early planning is essential. Joining a local NP organization is a great way to start networking within the field, and making connections in order to help you secure a preceptor.

Are there any specifications for preceptors?

Preceptors must be licensed and have national certification to practice in their designated population-focused and/or specialty area. Preceptors must be a Nurse Practitioner (NP), Physician (MD or DO), Physician Assistant (PA), or in certain circumstances a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and have at least one-year of experience in the population-focused area of practice and role.

A preceptor may not be the immediate work supervisor of the student or a member of the student’s family or a personal friend.

How do I know which semesters I will be in placements?

Your assigned faculty advisor will work with you closely to assist in your progression through the program. Your curriculum plan will indicate that progression and in what semesters you will be in clinical placement.

If you need to make changes in your curriculum plan, you and your faculty advisor will work together to determine when you will need clinical placement.

What can I do to ensure a successful placement?

There are a variety of ways to help ensure that you are able to find a successful clinical placement, many of which you may already have completed. For starters, it is incredibly important to have your resume updated and your clinical clearances completed (including your background check) before starting clinical hours with a preceptor. 

Networking is another vital tool you can utilize to help ensure a placement, such as joining your local NP organization. Meeting with professionals in your area can go a long way in helping ensure you find a placement that fits your clinical objectives.

Lastly, try and plan your schedule to fit around the hours of primary care jobs. Most primary care and administrative jobs operate from 9-5, and many do not offer weekend or evening hours. Plan accordingly when looking for a suitable placement.

 

Counseling Programs

Walsh University is proud to support and help our students along the way during their field experience in the following programs:

 

Practicum and Internships Close to Home

At Walsh University, we will work alongside you to help coordinate the field experience for your practicum and internship hours, allowing you to immerse yourself in the field of counseling with both individual and group counseling experiences. Walsh's field experience team will help guide you though the field experience process, providing you with the tools and strategies needed to help sure an approved site to meet the CACREP and Licensure Boards expectations.

How Placement Works

For online MCHD Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling or Dual Specialization students, the field experience hours gained through the practicum and internship will assist students in fulfilling the requirements for licensure.

Our Field Experience Coordinators will:

  • Provide students with the parameters that constitute an approved site during field experience toward fulfilling expectations for licensure in their respective states.
  • Provide students with administrative assistance when securing a site. This includes providing access to the field experience application, the internship agreement, supervisor qualifications, and the Field Experience Student Handbook.  
  • Verify that students have met all the prerequisites necessary to move forward in field experience. 
  • Serve as liaison between the student and their site if problems should arise in meeting either the University or the site standards.

 

 

Online Counseling Placement Services FAQs

 

Do I have to find my own placement?

Walsh University provides field experience support for counseling students to help coordinate suitable practicum and internship sites. The field experience team will guide students through this process, offering resources and direction to assist them in securing an approved practicum or internship site. 

Students are encouraged to begin networking with potential internship supervisors who may be willing to work with a student in upcoming semesters.

How many practicum hours are required?

For all online MA Counseling and Human Development concentrations, students must complete a supervised counseling practicum experience that is 16 weeks in length. Practicum hours are as follows:

  • CMHC: 100 hours (40 hours Direct Service)
  • School Counseling: 100 hours (40 hours Direct Service)
  • Dual Counseling: 120 hours (80 hours Direct Service)

Direct service hours allow the student hands-on experience working with clients and/or students to develop their counseling skills. Hours that qualify as both direct and indirect services are described in the Filed Experience Student Handbook.

How many internship hours are required?

After students have successfully completed their practicum experience, they will start their internships.  Internship hours required are as follows:

CMHC students: Must complete two 300-hour internships. During each internship, students must accrue a minimum of 120 direct client contact hours and a minimum of 180 indirect contact hours. 

School Counseling students: Must complete two 300-hour internships. During each internship, students must accrue a minimum of 120 direct client contact hours and a minimum of 180 indirect contact hours. 

Dual students: Must complete four 300-hour internships (in both concentrations). During each internship, students must accrue a minimum of 120 direct client contact hours and a minimum of 180 indirect contact hours.

All students must receive a minimum of one hour of supervision from their site supervisor and 90 minutes of group supervision from their faculty supervisor weekly while enrolled in field experience.

How many transfer credits do you accept?

Walsh University will consider up to nine transfer credits from a CACREP-accredited counseling program. Students may petition for the transfer of credits to the CHD Program Chair. Transfer credits will be considered once transcripts and syllabi are evaluated by the program faculty. Walsh University reserves the right to accept or not accept transfer credits based upon transcripts and syllabi evaluation.  

Am I able to work while completing the program?

Our counseling program is designed for working professionals, with coursework able to be completed 100% online, with no on-campus visits required. While the online coursework remains flexible, it is important to note that while completing your field experience hours, you may need to adjust your work schedule to accommodate your practicum and internship hour requirements.  

 

Have additional questions about clinical placement?

Walsh is proud to support students by providing comprehensive clinical placement support. If you have additional questions, please schedule a convenient time to talk with an admissions advisor using our easy online appointment scheduler.