UC Davis Health is dedicated to educating the next generation of nursing professionals and leaders. Our goal is to provide high quality educational experiences for students in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Our health system supports 10 regional schools of nursing and over 1100 nursing student placements each year.

Nursing faculty and students can click the links below to find details on the required forms and instructions for submitting requests for clinical placements, preceptorships, or observational placement. UC Davis staff will find links to unit-based placements, course objectives and student skills sets.

Nursing clinical rotations

UC Davis Health welcomes you and your students to our facilities for their educational preparation. The links below will provide you with the necessary documentation and educational resources for your student placements. These resources are for nursing schools with established clinical rotation agreements.


Preceptorships offer an excellent opportunity for academic and professional growth by providing focused mentoring. It is recommended that applicants secure a UC Davis Medical Center preceptor as placements cannot be guaranteed. Please refer to the application acceptance periods and fill out the appropriate application below. Once the application has been submitted, the school liaison will notify the requestor of potential preceptorship availability and clearance requirements. Please refer to the preceptorship requirements. Allow up to 2 months for full undergraduate or graduate (PDF) and advance practice nurse (PDF) preceptorship clearance. Students affiliated with a regional Sacramento school should contact their school placement coordinator.

Observational experiences

Students enrolled in a health professional program wanting to shadow UC Davis nursing staff may reference the observational experiences requirements and contact the school liaison at hs-schoolliaison@ucdavis.edu.

Staff resources

The links below will provide preceptors and staff with a list of what skills the students can and cannot do, course objectives, and a copy of their School of Nursing student handbook.


For questions about nursing clinical placements or preceptorships please e-mail the CPPN school liaison at hs-schoolliaison@ucdavis.edu.