How do I apply?
Placements are available during summer and winter session. The application period for summer participation opens the first day of school the previous January. The winter application period opens the first day of school the previous August. The program is very popular and placements are limited. Admission preference is given to CSU, Chico students currently enrolled in the School of Nursing.
Applications can be downloaded from the website when the application period opens until the program has reached its full compliment of participants. Placements will be made according to the order in which completed applications are received. (It is acceptable to submit an applicaiton with temporarily pending titers, vaccines, or skin test results.)
much does it cost?
All applications are subject to a $100 application fee. In addition, there will be a $900 course fee.
How does the
placement process work?
All clinical placements are made in the Northern California area. RCNP
Map. The RCNP coordinator is dedicated to providing the student with
the best clinical experience available in the specialty area the student
desires Available Sites. Placements are
made on a first come, first served basis.
How long is the
The placement period lasts a minimum of four weeks. Each participant will complete 150 clinical hours.
When does the preceptorship begin?
Winter placements begin right after Christmas. In summer, students have many options for start dates. Placements begin as early as late May, into June, and as late as mid July.
Who will be my
Preceptors are selected, based on their availability and their willingness
to work individually with a student. The RCNP Program coordinator works with a group of preceptors
who enjoy teaching in a style that combines monitored independence for
students with appropriate clinical supervision.
Who provides advising
The RCNP Program coordinator is available for advising any time during
the application and placement period. During the placement period the coordinator will make every attempt to visit the student "on site." During
the preceptorship, the preceptor is the student's immediate supervisor.
Does RCNP provide
Locating housing is a service that the RCNP Program provides for students who need
housing in their placement area. Our housing providers are community members
who are willing to open their homes to students. Students are charged
approximately $325 for a 4-week stay.
Can RNs participate?
RNs can participate as long as they have a current license. We advise you to speak with the RCNP program coordinator regarding your specific area of interest and background.
Can New Graduates Participate?
New graduates are eligible to participate as long as they have an Interim Permit.
Is Academic Credit
Available for Students?
Academic credit is not offered for participation in the RCNP program.