Practicum Coordinator DNP, Assistant/Associate Professor

  • Bay Path University
  • East Longmeadow, MA
  • Jun 01, 2021
Full time Nursing

Job Description

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When Bay Path opened its doors to students in 1897, it had a very clear goal: to provide a practical, affordable, and career-oriented education to meet the needs of companies, organizations, and communities. From the beginning, Bay Path prided itself on being entrepreneurial, constantly pushing the boundaries of the academic experience to fit the start them on the road of success. We still do.

Today, that spirit and philosophy is more important than ever in higher education. At Bay Path, it's not just the number and breadth of undergraduate and graduate programs that defines us-and we have many-but it is our ability to connect the classroom to learning to leadership to experience to career that is at the core of what we do best. We know the work that needs to be done.

Bay Path University, an independent and not-for-profit institution, was named Among Fastest Growing Baccalaureate Colleges by the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac, and is a member of the Women's College Coalition. With a main campus in Longmeadow, MA and three satellite locations, (East Longmeadow, Sturbridge, Concord), Bay Path offers undergraduate, graduate (for women and men) degrees, and professional certificates.

We're committed to preparing our students to navigate a constantly changing world. Whether it is one of our innovative academic programs, groundbreaking online learning platform, or through our Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders initiative, we educate our students in ways that will help them to grow, learn to adapt, and always to flourish. Be part of the change.

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Job Description:


The Practicum Coordinator of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)/Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is responsible for coordinating all practicums for this graduate nursing program. H/she will oversee all aspects of clinical experiential learning as required for the DNP/FNP program to assure the effectiveness of instruction at university affiliated clinical sites.

This individual is academically and experientially qualified to accomplish the mission, goals, and expected program and student learning outcomes; is vested to provide effective leadership to the students and practicum preceptors/faculty in alignment with the standards of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) standards and guidelines. Additionally, will actively engage in teaching, service and scholarship, and participate in university, program and community activities.

The Practicum Coordinator will carry a course load of 24 credits with the course load being determined annually with the dean and will include teaching 9 credits (three courses) not including the clinical course credits. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to creatively engage students in didactic and experiential learning opportunities in the on-line environment, collaborate with other undergraduate and graduate program leaders, and other faculty members/staff of the university.

The position is a 12-month appointment and will be hired at the Assistant/Associate Professor level, reporting to the Chief Nurse Administrator with potential teaching and program development at the graduate level. The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

Bay Path University's School of Education, Human and Health Sciences houses the University's Genetic Counseling, Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapy, Healthcare Management, Public Health, Clinical Mental Health and Programs in Education, Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. Through evidence-based practice and project-based learning, most of these programs prepare health care professionals for success in a rapidly changing global environment, with applied work, clinical rotations, practicums and fieldwork assignments.

The scholar selected for this position will join a collaborative and dedicated School, which emphasizes excellence in education at all levels.  They will be expected to participate in curriculum and programmatic development and innovation; advise graduate students; participate actively in local, state, and national professional organizations; and contribute to the service mission of the University and the School.


  • Support and maintain high quality clinical education for DNP/FNP and participate in continuous development and quality improvement activities.
  • Identify, develop, evaluate and secure practicum placements. Interview and place students in community agencies.
  • Monitor and maintain a tracking system for all practicum students.
  • Identify, establish, and maintain relationships with healthcare providers and/or systems, both locally and nationally for development and implementation of clinical experience sites in students' geographic areas.
  • Arrange, schedule and supervise practicum assignments with affiliate clinical sites and preceptors in collaboration with Chief Nurse Administrator and Program Director and faculty.
  • Initiate and maintain contracts between the University and all local and out-of-area/state clinical affiliates according to Bay Path University policy and procedure.
  • Gather and maintain student health and immunization records and other clinical clearance documentation as required by clinical affiliates.
  • Initiate and maintain communication with clinical affiliates, instructors and/or preceptors involved in the clinical experiential learning for the students according to BPU and other established guidelines.
  • Compile and review evaluations from preceptors and students for the clinical course work, discuss issues of concern regarding these evaluations and participate in problem solving with the Chief Nurse.
  • Administrator and respective healthcare facility and preceptor as appropriate.
  • Oversee and maintain student practicum records, utilizing designated practicum electronic software.
  • Monitor and evaluate student practicum records measuring attainment of clinical goals and objectives for practicum completion aligning with program and accreditation guidelines.
  • Utilize standards and guidelines of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) when considering clinical supervision and assignment recommendations. 
  • Develop orientation for clinical practicum experiences to acquaint students with clinical rules, regulations, and expectations for student learning outcomes in the graduate program.
  • Collaborate with the Chief Nurse Administrator to evaluate clinical sites as well as with other programs utilizing same types of settings.
  • Coordinate site visits as a means of communicating and reinforcing experiential learning objectives. May need to travel to practicum sites to assist with issues or concerns.
  • Provide supervision, instruction, advice and counsel to students assigned to clinical practica and thereby facilitate the students' successful completion of all learning objectives and assure the achievement of clinical competency.
  • Maintain appropriate records and assist with program data collection and analysis for accreditation or other required reporting for program evaluation.
  • Participate in curriculum design and program development including, but not limited to, program manuals, instructional materials, competency development and student learning outcomes to achieve and maintain AACN and NONPF standards.
  • Participate in the AACN accreditation meetings and on-site evaluation.
  • Teach and/or facilitate courses in the didactic and clinical components of the curriculum as assigned.
  • Participate in local, state, and national professional organizations for own professional development and to ensure program excellence and appropriateness of curriculum and instruction and its application to clinical instruction.
  • Attend trainings as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the University. 


  • A MSN, FNP, strongly preferred, DNP degree preferred.
  • Current, active, and unencumbered license in Massachusetts as a Registered Nurse required.
  • Current, active, and unencumbered license as a FNP Advanced Practice Registered Nurse strongly preferred.
  • National certification as an advanced practice registered nurse strongly      preferred.
  • Previous experience as a practicum coordinator for FNP program strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of three years' clinical practice as a nurse practitioner (NP) within the last 5 five years, required.
  • Active and current clinical practice as an APRN strongly preferred.
  • Experience in both on-line course development and on-line teaching in an academic setting strongly preferred.
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining practicum relationships and contractual agreements for meeting program's clinical objectives strongly preferred.
  • Experience establishing practicum preceptor relationships and communication strongly preferred.
  • Ability to negotiate, creatively problem solve and interact in diverse clinical settings.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal and networking skills including web-conferencing.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and within FERPA and HIPAA guidelines
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task, use good judgment, work in a vibrant academic environment and meet deadlines.
  • Proficient with computer Learning Management Systems (LMS) strongly an online teaching proficiency strongly preferred.
  • An ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Valid U.S. driver's license.
  • Must successfully pass the online safe Driving Course (within 15 days of hire) and driving record check at time of hire and annually thereafter. 
  • Ability to adhere to University policies and procedures.
  • All new employees must complete the FERPA, Anti-Harassment, and any other required online trainings within 15 days of employment.
  • Should be committed to a culture of diversity, equity, respect and inclusion; demonstrated ability to build working relationships with people having a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences different from ones' own.
  • General knowledge of the University's mission, purpose and goals and the role this position plays in achieving those goals.
  • Must adhere to University COVID-19 testing, symptom tracking and all other COVID protocols established by the University.

Additional Information:

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Bay Path University is a diverse community devoted to proactively nurturing a campus-wide culture that promotes and ensures equity, respect, inclusion and safety for all members regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, socio-economic background, or physical ability. We are one University that opens our hearts and minds to conversations, to learning and to creating a community that is welcoming of all. Regardless of position, it is expected that each employee will embrace this commitment and demonstrate an attitude of respect toward and acceptance of all members of our community.

Application Instructions:

Applicants for this position should attach a cover letter, resume / curriculum vitae, the contact information for four (4) professional, work related references and any other relevant information pertaining to this position and your candidacy.  Please apply online.  Faxes and emails will not be accepted. 

Bay Path University is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and learning in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, women and all underrepresented backgrounds.  An Equal Opportunity Employer, Bay Path University is committed to fostering diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff. 

Bay Path University is a smoke and tobacco-free community.

All offers of employment are contingent on satisfactory background checking.

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