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 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.
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.