Rural California Nursing Preceptorships

Applications & Information

Thank you for your interest in the Rural California Nursing Preceptorship (RCNP) Program.  We suggest you begin by reading the brief Program Overview (PDF) that we have provided to better acquaint you with the program. 

Please visit the Eligibility section to determine if you are qualified to apply.

Application Content

The following items comprise your completed application. Please follow the specific instructions given for each item.

Submitting Your Application

We offer two sessions per year, one in Summer (June/July) and one in Winter (Dec/Jan). The application form is the same for both sessions now. Please follow the instructions for each required document, including merging them into one pdf and submitting them to the correct email address (per instructions on the application form).

Assessments should be submitted directly to (per instructions on the assessment forms).

Professionalism of submitted materials and the ability to follow directions is taken into consideration when reviewing application materials for admittance into the program.

Application Deadlines

  • Summer Session - Feb 20th 
  • Winter Session - Sept 20th 

Priority Applicants
Applicants are selected based on: 1) strength of recommendations, and 2) quality of completed application. One half of all placements are reserved for current Chico State, Butte, Yuba, Shasta, and Simpson University nursing students, however these students are still subject to the requirements and deadlines outlined above. The remaining slots are filled with students attending other colleges and universities, RN Refresher students, and RN graduates.

Chico State RN Refresher Students  
Refresher students may apply while concurrently participating in a refresher program; however, they must be "refresher course completed" before they are able to participate in an RCNP clinical placement.