How do I apply?
Placements are available during summer and winter session. The application period for summer participation opens in January and the winter application period opens in August. The program is very popular and placements are limited. Fifty percent of placements are reserved for current CSU, Chico, Butte College and Shasta College students. The remaining slots are filled with students from other colleges and universities, RN refresher students and RN graduates.
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
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 more options for start dates. The placement start date can begin as early as late May, 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 $350 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 Pre-licensure 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.