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DNP - APRN Clinical Experience

Precepted clinical experiences are individually arranged by students. Students can complete clinical experiences in a local community with an approved preceptor and clinical site.  Students should be prepared to travel to a clinical site.  Students must also be prepared to work around the availability of the clinical site and preceptor.  Particular days and times for clinicals cannot be guaranteed.  Post-BSN DNP students will complete between 1,040 and 1,310 clinical hours upon graduation. A clinical course requires varying clinical hours, anywhere from 180 - 225 per semester (12 - 18 hours/week). Students working full-time during the program should understand that time and priority must be devoted to clinicals.

For Post-MSN students, a minimum of 1,000 practicum hours are required upon graduation, including those precepted clinical hours earned during their MSN program.  A minimum of 300 precepted clinical hours will be required in the Post-MSN DNP plan of study.  Students entering the program with less than 640 precepted clinical hours from their MSN program will be required to obtain additional clinical hours during residency. 

Out-of-state students are responsible for contacting their state nursing board to verify any requirements that are needed in order to conduct clinicals as a student or apply for an APRN license in their state upon graduation from an online, out-of-state program.

Clinical specialty courses require an on-campus, intensive learning experience once a semester. Health assessment courses may require two on-campus sessions.  These sessions will take place at the MUSC Healthcare Simulation Center.  The 11,000 square-foot simulation center houses more than $900,000 in sophisticated simulation technology, including more than 50 advanced adult and infant simulators. The simulators are used to provide clinical training to nursing, medical and allied health students, as well as continuing education for practicing health care professionals. MUSC's center includes machines that simulate giving birth, an emergency room with four different patients (including trauma), cardiopulmonary resuscitation, an operating room environment, heart attacks and more.

Learn more about our Post BSN to DNP here | Learn more about our Post MSN to DNP here

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Clinical Rotation Approval for Non-MUSC NP Students 

If you are not an enrolled student at MUSC, but are an employee or live local to a MUSC owned facility, please see the directions below for securing clinical placements.


External APRN/PA student clinical placement is centralized through the APP Best Practice Center in Collaboration with the MUSC Provost Office, Division of Physician Assistant Studies, and the College of Nursing. Please contact with questions.


*APRN/PA External Student Clinical Placement – Site Application Links:








Midlands: (Acquired as of August 2021) At this time we are not accepting requests for external APRN/PA students (defined as students enrolled in a non-MUSC program) in these locations.



  1. We do not offer a service where we match preceptors.  Student will need to find their own preceptor and then apply at one of the above links.
  2. The APP Best Practice Center does not correspond with the student’s school as to the student’s application status. It is the student’s responsibility to alert the school when they receive email approval notification.
  3. When the student is cleared for a rotation, they are sent a formal email for clearance.  Please consider this the final confirmation from your student to the school. 
  4. We do not accept any application documents for students at this email. Clinical Placement Student Request Forms must be uploaded to application with all required signatures. Any forms missing a signature will be incomplete.The application process can take up to 30 days from the date of the submitted completed application.  Students should not apply for a rotation if it is more than 60 days out from the requested start date.