Credentialing FAQ

  • Is there a list of previously used preceptors and/or sites?
    • Yes, students can access previously used preceptors and sites through our web-based clinical site directory once they have been admitted to a program and attended Frontier Bound.
  • I already have a site in mind for my clinicals. How can the Clinical Directory assist me?
    • The Clinical Directory is a wealth of information as it includes previously used preceptors and sites. Some sites may contain initial placement instructions. It's important that you follow any instructions listed so that you are in compliance with the site's policies.
  • What is an RCF?
    • RCF is a faculty member at FNU who serves as a clinical advisor to students. Your RCF is your best resource when it comes to creating a plan for clinical practicum and your RCF will approve the sites and preceptors you select. Your RCF will work closely with you and your clinical preceptors throughout your clinical practicum.
  • Who is my RCF?
    • You can look for your RCF under Faculty Directory on the Banyan Tree Student Portal. Select view RCF information. RCFs are assigned by the state where a student plans to complete his/her clinical practicum. If you are completing clinicals in multiple states, contact the RCF from the state in which you live and an RCF will be assigned to you.
  • What is a Credentialing Coordinator?
    • A Credentialing Coordinator is a staff member who works to credential a student’s chosen clinical site & preceptor. Your Credentialing Coordinator is assigned by the state where you’ll complete clinicals and can be found on the Credentialing Home page.
  • Who is the Clinical Site Facilitator?
    • Jamie Wheeler is our Clinical Site Facilitator and she is part of Student Services at FNU. She is not a placement service and will not locate a clinical site for you, but can help you overcome struggles in your search for the best clinical. Here are some of the things she can help you with:
      • review your resume and cover letter
      • direct you to tools and resources to navigate through your clinical search
      • help you understand the appropriate timeline for securing a preceptor and site
      • steer you in the right direction if you have etiquette concerns
  • I have a preceptor, now what?
    • Complete the Clinical Site Approval Form and send the completed form to your RCF for approval. Once approved, your RCF will send the form to your Credentialing Coordinator who will begin the credentialing process.. If you site/preceptor has been used by FNU students in the past, your Credentialing Coordinator will determine what updates, if any, need to be made.
  • Can I start if my CPR/AWHONN/NRP expires in the middle of my clinical practicum?
    • Yes, however your CPR/AWHONN/NRP must be renewed prior to its expiration or you will have to stop clinicals until it is renewed. The same is true for all student documents. If Typhon warns you of a document expiring, please upload a current version and alert your Credentialing Coordinator.
  • What does it take to complete clinicals?
    • Most students will be in clinical for 6-9 months. FNU students must complete a minimum number of clinical hours, a minimum number of calendar weeks in which clinical is done, minimum requirements for clinical experiences in all areas of practice as evidenced by completion of required clinical visits and a signed declaration of safety, and the RCF’s final approval. The FNU minimum clinical experience for MSN students is 675 clinical hours and sixteen (16) weeks of clinical. The FNU minimum clinical experience for post-master’s students is 540 clinical hours with a successful challenge of three (3) clinical credits and sixteen (16) weeks of clinical. FNU students are encouraged to plan two to three terms in clinical. All clinical students need to meet with their RCF to discuss how to meet their clinical requirements and maximize their learning experience. RCFs may impose limitations on hours, types of experiences, etc. at their discretion.
  • I recently completed a background check for my employer; do I still need to complete the background check through Certified Background for my student credentialing?
    • Yes, all students need to complete the background check through Certified Background, regardless of what your employer requires.
  • I don’t have health insurance; does FNU offer student health insurance plans?
    • Students are required to carry health insurance and will be personally responsible for any and all health care costs while enrolled at FNU. Frontier Nursing University does not offer health insurance to students.Students must maintain personal health insurance.
  • I am a member of the Christian health care sharing ministry through Samaritan Ministries. Does FNU accept this as an acceptable type of insurance?
    • No, health sharing programs are not acceptable for the health insurance requirement.
  • What about clinical time and my employment?
    • In order to gain the maximum benefit from the clinical experience students are advised not to work during the Clinical Practicum. Students must not work as a nurse, nurse-midwife, or nurse practitioner in the same unit, office, or clinic where they are in clinical as an FNU student. The Regional Clinical Faculty should be consulted if there are any questions about this policy.
  • Can I use a birth center for my clinical time?
    • Yes, however birth centers must meet FNU credentialing criteria and be nationally accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC) to be eligible for use during the clinical practicum. Your clinical plan needs to be approved by your RCF.
  • Can I use a home birth practice associated with a birth center for my clinical time?
    • Yes, however birth centers must meet FNU credentialing criteria and be nationally accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC) to be eligible for use during the clinical practicum. In addition, home birth sites must be reviewed and approved through FNU’s home birth approval process prior to the clinical practicum. Your clinical plan needs to be approved by your RCF.
  • Can I use a home birth practice for my clinical time?
    • Yes. Home birth sites may be utilized for clinical practicum if all FNU credentialing requirements are met including malpractice insurance. Home birth sites that provide home VBAC, twin birth or breech birth are not eligible and may not be used for any portion of the clinical practicum by FNU students. Home birth sites must be reviewed and approved through FNU”s home birth approval process prior to the clinical practicum. Your clinical plan needs to be approved by your RCF.
  • How do I add an additional preceptor if I am already in clinicals?
    • Please complete the Additional Preceptor Form and submit it to your RCF. The Clinical Credentialing Department can credential any number of preceptors.
  • Can I work with more than one preceptor?
    • Yes, please complete the Additional Preceptor Form and submit it to your RCF. The Clinical Credentialing Department can credential any number of preceptors.
  • Who can serve as a preceptor?
    • Program Track Post-Bachelors CNM MSN
      (CNM, FNP, NNP, PNP, WHNP)
      MD/DO
      CNEP  
      CFNP   ✓ up to 20%
      CWHCNP   ✓ up to 20%
      Note: PAs, CPMs, & CNSs are NOT acceptable preceptors for FNU students

      Program Track    
      PMHNP MD-Psych
      Psychiatrists
      LCSW*
      Licensed Clinical Social Worker
      PhD/PsyD
      Psychologists
      LSW*
      Licensed Social Worker
      PMHNP
      Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
      MFT*
      Marriage & Family Therapist
      PMHCNS
      Psych-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
      LDAC*
      Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor
      *Master’s degree or higher required