Pediatric Nursing | Nursing Student Resources

Resources for Undergraduate and Graduate Nurses

As a teaching hospital, our goal is to educate affiliated students, to the best of our ability, in a safe learning environment. Nursing students will have access to a wide array of educational opportunities designed to facilitate the development of highly skilled, professional caregivers.

In partnership with affiliating accredited nursing schools, students will practice under the direct supervision of clinical instructors and/or Cincinnati Children's Registered Nurse preceptors. The licensed professional, whether clinical instructor or Cincinnati Children's RN preceptor, is ultimately responsible for all care provided by the student in the clinical area.

Nursing Student Requirements

All individuals are expected to meet Cincinnati Children's health requirements in order to participate in patient care:

Undergraduate / Prelicensure Nursing Programs  

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center offers diverse experiences for Undergraduate and Prelicensure students in pediatric nursing knowledge and skills. 

To be eligible for an undergraduate placement at Cincinnati Children's, you must be attending one of the affiliated programs:

Cincinnati State  Southern State University 
College of Mount Saint Joseph The Christ College of Nursing  
Good Samaritan College of Nursing  Thomas More University
Kettering College
University of Cincinnati – Blue Ash Campus 
Miami University   University of Cincinnati - College of Nursing
Northern Kentucky University
Xavier University 

Students have opportunities to participate in a traditional cohort student experience, Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) experience, University of Cincinnati Co-Op program and a senior level Role Transition practicum. Please speak with the affiliated programs clinical coordinators for specific information.

Graduate Nurses

At Cincinnati Children’s we are happy to work with you about placement requests for your graduate nurse practicum. If you are seeking a nurse practitioner clinical placement, please visit our Nurse Practicum page.

For other graduate practicum hour placements, please complete the Graduate Nurse Experience Form

  • You will need to make your request at least 6 weeks before you are ready to start your clinical placement.
  • Only students from schools that have an affiliation agreement on file with Cincinnati Children’s will be considered. You cannot be considered for a practicum request if your school does not have an affiliation agreement, Please check this by emailing
  • Non-Cincinnati Children’s employees must upload a current drug screening form or attestation form signed by current employer, Health Information form, proof of 2 step TB test or Quantiferon gold test and current immunization record including three Hepatitis B vaccines and two MMR vaccines, or positive titers and a signed confidentiality agreement at least 4 weeks before your anticipated start date
  • Return notification of acceptance will be made within one to two weeks of submission if all documents are present.

Student Project

Once the student is accepted to the graduate nurse practicum, the Graduate Nurse Experience Form should be updated with the student’s project information prior to beginning the project with the current preceptor.

Then the student completes and uploads the Student Project Application.

Refer to the 3-Step Process for information regarding different project types.