The following guidelines are for advanced practice nursing and physician assistant students not currently enrolled in the University of Colorado College of Nursing (CON) or University of Colorado Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant (CHAPA) programs. Current CU CON/CHAPA students should contact their student advisor for placement guidelines.
Please send an email to the Office of Advanced Practice and include the following information for each rotation request. An updated CV or resume should accompany each request.
Due to the high volume of requests and limited preceptor availability, placement cannot be guaranteed for all students. Students will be notified via email once the request is received. In the interim, students should not make "cold calls" or communicate directly to clinics or providers as working outside of the process may delay or inhibit placement. The Office of Advanced Practice Student Placement coordinator will review the application and share applicable components with potential preceptors and advanced practice leadership according to the following timeline:
|Rotation Dates||Applications Accepted||Student Notification|
|Summer (May – August)|
Fall (September - December)
Winter (January - April)
|November 1 – January 1|
March 1 - May 1
August 1 - October 1
In order for a student to be able to begin a clinical rotation at University of Colorado Hospital or UCHealth Metro Denver clinics, an Affiliation Agreement with program must be established. The contract process can take several months to complete, and the student placement process is placed on hold until the Affiliation Agreement is approved. UCHealth does not enter into Affiliation Agreements with programs that are not fully accredited, nor can agreements cannot be formed with provisionally accredited schools.
If an Affiliation Agreement is in place with the student’s school, the paperwork, badging and access process takes approximately 3 months.
Multiple rules and regulations must be followed to ensure compliance with state and federal laws, hospital accreditation standards, and to ensure the safety of patients, staff, students and visitors. If a student placement is assigned, the following student documentation will be required: