College of Science and Health > Academics > School of Nursing > Student Resources > Requests, Policies & Procedures > Preceptor/Mentor Requests
To request a preceptor or mentor for a clinical experience, all DNP, Post-Graduate certificate, and RN to MS students must complete the steps outlined below. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate this process and submit all required materials.
In your initial contact with a potential preceptor/mentor, it is a good idea to discuss the following:
Request the information you will need to complete the preceptor/mentor survey
Complete the preceptor/mentor survey. Please ensure that you have the following information before you begin: 1) The contact information, credentials, and RN license number of the preceptor/mentor, and 2) the full name and address of the site you are requesting.
The student must demonstrate full compliance with all health requirements as outlined by the School of Nursing. All documentation must be uploaded to the Castle Branch document locker. For more information, consult the student guide regarding health requirements.
Upon completion of the previous steps, the staff of the School of Nursing must confirm the following before a student can be cleared to attend a practicum experience:
The School of Nursing recommends that students begin looking for a preceptor
two quarters in advance of their practicum experience. Finding the right preceptor / mentor and initiating the conversation can take time. Furthermore, affiliation agreements with outside agencies can often take between 1 and 6 months to negotiate. Although DePaul University already maintains many such agreements, especially in the Chicagoland area, new agreements must be negotiated between the legal counsel of both organizations.