About the Program

The Rural California Nursing Preceptorship (RCNP) Program is designed to give student nurses and graduate nurses (RNs) an opportunity to gain clinical experience in a rural or semi-rural setting. The opportunities are varied and encompass a large geographic area in Northern California.

The placement period lasts approximately four weeks (150 hours). During this time, students work one-on-one with a preceptor, engaging in as much independent nursing practice as their skills permit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Placements are available during summer and winter session. The application period for summer participation opens in January; 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.

All applications are subject to a $100 application fee. In addition, there will be a $1200 program fee.

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.

The placement period lasts a minimum of four weeks. Each participant will work full-time to complete 150 clinical hours.

Winter placements begin right after Christmas. In summer, students have more options for start dates. In summer, there are usually four different start dates in June from which to choose.

Preceptors are selected, based on their availability and their willingness to work effectively with a student. The RCNP Program Coordinator works with preceptors who enjoy teaching in a style that combines monitored independence coupled with appropriate clinical supervision.

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.

Locating housing is a service that the RCNP Program provides for students who need housing in their placement area. Our housing providers are select community members who are willing to open their homes to students. Students are normally charged $550 - $650 for a 4-week stay.

Senior level nursing students must meet the following criteria:

all students enrolled in the final semester of their program are not eligible to participate.

  • BSN students - must have no more than 3 semesters remaining when applying (including the semester they are currently in when application is submitted)
  • ADN students - may apply as early as third semester or fourth quarter

Registered nurses who have not practiced in an acute care setting for more than two years will need to complete a nursing refresher course before they are able to participate in the program. Applications from such nurses can also be considered if the RN-applicant is currently enrolled in an RN refresher course.

Academic credit is not offered for participation in the RCNP program.

No unfortunately, the BRN will not permit CEUs for this sort of experience.

Applicants will be informed within 3 weeks after the deadline.