An out-of-area clinical placement is defined as the establishment of a clinical practicum site
located outside of the greater Seattle area. Out-of-area placements are special requests,
usually planned far in advance for a student's final quarter of study.
Students initiate a discussion with their faculty/clinical advisors about their interest in an
out-of-area placement. In order to plan and research the placement, this discussion takes place as
close as possible to the beginning of your program of study. To accommodate the necessary contracts,
placement plans must be developed at least 6 to 8 months in advance.
The final decision regarding your out-of-area placement is at the complete discretion of your
faculty advisors. Faculty will consider your satisfactory progression through your program of
study and inform you of their decision as soon as possible before the date of your planned experience.
If your request for an out-of-state experience is approved, you must provide more detailed information
to the faculty and/or staff making the placement, including the e-mail, telephone numbers, and/or
addresses of out-of-area preceptors currently available. You must also make arrangements to acquire
RN licensure in that state prior to your clinical experience.
- At least 6 to 8 months in advance, initiate a discussion with your faculty/clinical
advisors about your interest in an out-of-area placement.
- If your faculty/clinical advisor approves the plan, the following steps will be taken
to arrange the placement:
- Established Sites
If you are interested in attending a site with which the UW School of Nursing already has
established an affiliation contract, the faculty member will make the arrangements.
- New Site
If you would like to explore opportunities at a site with which the School of Nursing has
not previously worked, your faculty advisor may direct you to make the initial contact
with your site or preceptor of interest. Once you have established a tentative arrangement
with a preceptor, inform the your faculty/course advisor. Provide them with the name and
contact information of your preceptor and the site. They will contact your potential preceptor,
clarify the plan (start and end dates, days per week, expectations, etc.), and arrange for
the affiliation contract, preceptor packet and other necessary paperwork. Affiliation contracts
can take 8-16 weeks to establish, so start early if you want a new site.
- Students are responsible for making final arrangements as needed, including those required for
out-of-state licensing, housing, and transportation.