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Student Clinical Experience

Clinical Experience 

Health care is hands-on. Skills develop over time as you interact with patients. From the earliest days of a student’s undergraduate nursing education, the UNM College of Nursing provides opportunities for gaining experience through supervised clinical practice in the field. Graduate level clinicals prepare nurses to excel in advanced practice with greater responsibilities.


Level 1: Rotating through Geriatric Education and Health Maintenance (GEHM) clinics, nursing homes, and hospitals students perform communication skills, vital signs, Capillary Blood Glucose screenings, and risk assessments for falls.  

Level 2: Branching out into different populations across the lifespan, students rotate through a variety of hospital and community sites as they perform patient assessments.

Level 3: Students provide patient care in medical-surgical (med-surg) units in the hospitals.

Level 4: Areas such as Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB/GYN), Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Behavioral Health, and Community Health are offered at this point and students sign up for their choice of rotation. 

Level 5: Students complete a hospital rotation in either an advanced med-surg or critical care unit such as an Intensive Care Unit or Emergency Department.  They will also fulfill their final clinical placement, Capstone, where they are paired with a preceptor for a one-on-one experience in an area of their interest.

It should be noted that clinical rotations for NMNEC partner schools might differ, as rotations are determined by the hosting school.


Combined with each program’s rigorous curriculum, clinical and practicum placements are an integral part of the learning process. These hands-on experiences prepare students to become excellent advanced practice nurses or nurse educators.

Our staff locates faculty-approved site and preceptor placements to ensure that each student engages in meaningful clinical experiences. All students are expected to travel outside the Albuquerque area for a minimum of two clinical rotations. Students are responsible for all travel expenses associated with these site placements; he or she may need to travel 1 to 5 hours to a clinical site, which may require an extended overnight stay.

Faculty, along with the clinical placement program manager, make all decisions regarding site placements. We cannot guarantee clinical site rotation locations, however we will make an effort to place students from rural areas in their community or region if they desire to have a clinical rotation there.

Graduate Student Practice Resources

Download the iBook  Evidenced Based Practice Summaries For Herbs And Supplements In Primary Care, created by the advanced practice registered nurse class of 2017.

ANEW Program

The Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Program at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing is a HRSA funded project aimed at increasing the number of primary care Advanced Practice Registered Nurses who provide care to rural and/or underserved populations across New Mexico through increased academic-practice partnerships.  Graduate-level primary care students participating in this program receive scholarship support and must complete a three-month immersive clinical experience in a rural and/or underserved setting.   The program incorporates technical and clinical support for both students and preceptors at clinical sites through continuing education modules the University’s Project ECHO.  For more information on the ANEW Program, please contact Senior Program Manager, Robyn Mintz, at

The Office for Interprofessional Education (IPE)

The IPE at the UNM Health Sciences Center is committed to promoting collaboration among various health professions, to prepare students for their future careers in health care teams.  The College of Nursing fully participates in IPE events and program design with dedicated faculty who sit on the IPE committee.  For more information, visit