**Practicum Pledge Registration Requirements
- Register for the Practicum Pledge for each practicum course with which they want assistance.
- Complete 2 coaching calls with a Field Placement Coordinator prior to Practicum Pledge registration deadline for each course and term.
- Completion of all required professional preparation tasks as assigned by a Field Placement Coordinator.
- Have documentation that meets required parameters showing at least 5 practicum sites that have formally denied your practicum via written communication after contacting qualified potential preceptors at the site who meets the preceptor and course requirements as outlined in the Practicum Manual.
- Register for Practicum Pledge through Meditrek by first day of third term prior to starting each PRAC or PRCM course for which they are requesting support.
**Student Obligations Post-Match/Pre-Practicum Experience
- Possess an unencumbered RN license allowing for practice in the state where practicum will occur, a clear background check, clear drug test, and appropriate liability insurance upon securing a match via Practicum Pledge.
- Complete onboarding process through CastleBranch by the practicum application deadline (the first day of the term prior to starting PRAC or PRMC course).
- Complete on time of all onboarding requirements of the practicum site (no later than 8 weeks prior to first day of practicum or date determined by site, whichever comes first)
- Submit their practicum application by the practicum application deadline.
**Practicum Pledge Terms & Conditions
Practicum Pledge is associated with a specific term and course. Any changes in student status including, but not limited to, failure of a practicum pre-requisite course, taking a leave of absence, etc., may require re-registration for the Practicum Pledge.
Although we will make every effort to find a preceptor and site that meets your needs, your unique request or location, may require additional travel or other restrictions. Walden may match a student to a site for the student that requires travel by the student of up to 100 miles. Local conditions may necessitate a student to travel farther than 100 miles, these include but are not limited to: low population areas, low supply of healthcare providers, or other reasons that may require finding more distant sites. Walden may find a match that satisfies the practicum requirements for the course but requires multiple sites and preceptors. The student may not be matched for the term that the student requests. If student declines the match from Walden, Walden has met their commitment of matching the student. If Walden matches the student through the Practicum Pledge and the student does not complete all of the practicum site’s requirements, Walden has met their commitment of matching the student. This includes, but is not limited to, not meeting the site’s onboarding criteria; having a current, pending, or past action on the student’s license requiring acknowledgement from the site; etc. If Walden matches a student through the Practicum Pledge and the preceptor decides to cancel their preceptorship due to the student’s violation of Walden’s Professional Competence and/or the Code of Conduct policies in the Student Handbook, Walden has met their commitment of matching the student. Additionally, the student will no longer be eligible for any future or existing Practicum Pledge applications. If Walden matches a student through the Practicum Pledge and the preceptor decides to cancel their preceptorship due to reasons related to the preceptor changing jobs or a change of schedule with the practicum site, then Walden will find an alternative match for the student for a future term (may not be in the term the student originally planned to enroll in that practicum). If Walden matches a student with a site through the Practicum Pledge, and Walden is unable to contract with the practicum site, Walden will be responsible to find an alternative match for the student. However, the site may not be available in the term the student originally planned to enroll in that practicum. If Walden matches the student through the Practicum Pledge and the student does not successfully complete that practicum course, then Walden has met their commitment of matching the student.
Walden reserves the right to modify the Practicum Pledge, including the right to cancel such pledge, to the extent such is necessary due to reasons beyond its control, including, but not limited to, national emergencies and pandemics. The terms and conditions of the Practicum Pledge are subject to change at Walden’s discretion. Walden will endeavor to provide students with reasonable advance notice of such change. The Practicum Pledge only applies to the following programs: MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Primary Care, MSN Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, DNP Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, DNP Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, DNP Family Nurse Practitioner, DNP Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Primary Care, and DNP Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
We are committed to assisting students with a successful match. Students will not be required to select the site or preceptor selected by Walden. Even after Walden has provided a match, students may choose to continue the search process to find a site or preceptor that better matches their personal and professional preferences and utilize our Practicum Advantage services.
Additionally, if a student misses the Practicum Pledge registration deadline, we will still support them in the process of identifying possible sites and/or preceptors for that practicum via Practicum Advantage. Students who miss the Practicum Pledge registration deadline may still register for the Practicum Pledge for future practicum courses by the appropriate deadline(s).
Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Based on the most recent year’s completions survey data, using CIP code family 51.38 “Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, and Clinical Nursing” for Master’s(Award level 7) and Doctoral (Award level 17) degrees. Available at https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/use-the-data. (Retrieved January 2021; may consist of or include provisional release data.)
Enrollment Restrictions by State
Walden currently cannot enroll residents of the following states/districts into the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program: Washington.
Note on licensure:
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Core Program and DNP Executive Leadership specialization are not licensure programs and will not prepare students as nurse practitioners.
Note on licensure:
Walden’s DNP nurse practitioner specializations are designed to academically prepare graduates with an active registered nurse (RN) license to practice in the U.S. as nurse practitioners. However, each state has its own academic preparation and authority to practice requirements and issues its own license for an RN to be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner in that state.
Enrollment Restrictions by State
Walden currently cannot enroll residents of the following states/districts into any DNP Nurse Practitioner specializations: Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.
ONGOING MILITARY OFFER:
A 15% tuition reduction for servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and their spouses.*
*A 15% tuition reduction is available to new students who are servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, or employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This tuition reduction is also available if you are a spouse of a servicemember, veteran, or employee of the VA. This tuition reduction cannot be retroactively applied. Tuition reductions are applicable to tuition only and do not apply toward books, materials, and other supplies or fees needed for a course.
Walden may change the tuition reduction offered hereunder at any time, but such change will not affect the tuition reduction for students who are currently enrolled at Walden and using the existing tuition reduction. All tuition reductions, grants, or scholarships are subject to specific eligibility requirements. Contact a Walden University Enrollment Specialist for details.
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