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Student Nurse Academic Practicum (SNAP)

Happy nursesFollowing the IOM and ANCC's call for nurses to achieve higher levels of education and training, UK HealthCare is committed to being a BSN preferred institution.

Getting Great Experience and a Career.. It's a SNAP

You've chosen nursing as your career and excelled in the classroom, and now you're ready to get that hands-on experience. Take the fast track from the classroom to your career with the Student Nurse Academic Practicum (SNAP).

UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital and the UK College of Nursing have collaborated to create SNAP to give you the real-life tools you need to succeed and the opportunity to experience life as a nurse with UK HealthCare. In this program you will increase clinical skill proficiency, work with an interdisciplinary health care team in an academic medical center and develop knowledge of evidence-based nursing practice. The SNAP program will be the gateway to establish a long-term professional relationship with UK HealthCare.

The Program (What You Get)

  • 10 weeks (May – July) with pay
  • Three college credit hours
  • Hands-on clinical experience
  • Opportunity for future employment
  • The Requirements (What You Need)

    • Apply online at UK Jobs: Search to SNAP job. Print a copy of the completed application and include it in the application packet.
    • Enrollment in an accredited school of nursing, such as UK College of Nursing.
    • Satisfactory completion of junior year of BSN program and first year of ADN program nursing courses with expected graduation in December 2017 or May 2018.
    • Minimum 2.75 GPA in nursing courses and 2.75 cumulative GPA.
    • Complete online SNAP application. Please read the Introduction letter before printing, completing and delivering the forms below to the Nurse Recruitment office by 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 20, 2017.
    • Must commit to 300 working hours during the 10-week program.
    • Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support Certification.
    • Meet UK guidelines for employment (pre-employment drug screen and national background check).
    • Complete a mandatory integrated senior practicum (synthesis experience) at UK HealthCare.
    • Extend first priority for employment at UK HealthCare upon completion of SNAP program and degree requirements.
  • Details and Frequently Asked Questions


    OVERVIEW: UK HealthCare invites nursing students who have completed their junior year in a BSN program or first year in an ADN program to participate in a hands-on clinical learning experience during our 10-week summer academic practicum, the Student Nurse Academic Practicum (SNAP) program. Students will work alongside a nurse preceptor in a clinical setting at UK HealthCare.

    PROGRAM DETAILS: The UK SNAP program offers nursing students the opportunity to work with a UK College of Nursing faculty advisor and a clinical preceptor providing patient care in the following areas: acute care, intensive care, progressive care, operating rooms and the emergency department. The SNAP program kicks off with a Welcome Tea followed by an orientation period, which combines classroom and training on a designated unit.

    EDUCATIONAL CREDITS: The SNAP program provides each participant with three credit hours upon completion of 300 clinical hours over a 10 week period. Kentucky in-state and out-of-state students receive these credits at no tuition cost.

    SALARY: The SNAP program salary is $11.83 per hour for all shifts. There are no shift differentials for nights or weekends for SNAP participants. Shifts will be twelve hours, 7 a.m. or 7 p.m., for a total of 36 hours per week.

    PARKING: During the first week of classroom orientation, students are provided with a temporary sticker. Once classroom orientation is completed, SNAP participants will need to obtain scratch-off parking tickets from UK Parking Services.

    UNIFORMS: SNAP participants will wear royal blue scrubs that are neat and clean. Shoes must be leather. You will be provided with a uniform policy upon acceptance into the program.

    QUALIFICATIONS: To be eligible for the UK SNAP Program, potential participants must meet the following criteria: completion of the junior year in a BSN program or first year in an ADN program by summer 2016, completion of two semesters of clinical nursing experience(including Peds/OB) prior to the start of the program, a GPA of 2.75 or above in nursing and cumulative, and have American Heart Association BLS and CPR certification.

    APPLICATION MATERIALS: Submit a folder with the following documents: resume, employment application, completed essays, signed faculty advisor form, an official transcript from the Registrar’s Office (containing academic record through Fall 2015), two completed reference forms (inside sealed envelopes with the reference’s signature across the seal). References should come from at least one clinical instructor plus a supervisor (if you currently employed or recently had a job). The reference form located on the website must be used.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications are due Jan. 20, 2017 by 4:30 p.m. Mail or deliver the complete application packet to UK Nurse Recruitment, 800 Rose Street, H160, Lexington, Ky. Applicants will be notified in mid January if they have been chosen to interview for SNAP. Each applicant is responsible for ensuring all application materials are complete and received in a folder by the Nurse Recruitment office on or before the deadline. The selection committee will not review or process incomplete applications.

    Frequently Asked Questions 

     • What is my role as a SNAP participant? You will shadow a nurse preceptor during this unique opportunity to expand your nursing knowledge and critical thinking skills. Please note: the SNAP program follows practice guidelines set forth by the Kentucky Board of Nursing Advisory Statement for Nurse Externs.

     • What will my uniform be? Uniforms must be royal blue, neat and clean, and project a professional image. Leather, closed toe shoes.

     • Where will I be working? What shift? If you are selected to participate in the SNAP program, specific information regarding your placement will be sent to you in early March 2016

     • When will I hear if I have been accepted into the SNAP program? You will receive notification in late February or early March 2016

     • What is the selection process? The selection process consists of the combined scores in several areas: work history, GPA, SNAP application packet, references, SNAP interview essay and student/volunteer participation.

     • If I am not selected as a SNAP participant, can I still work at UK over the summer? Applicants who are not selected for the SNAP program may apply to on-call nursing car tech positions on the online employment system and may work as an NCT over the summer and during school. On-call requirements consist of working at least 16 hour per month and you may work as many hours up to 40 per week depending on the needs of the unit. 

     • What are the work requirements for the SNAP program? Can I take time off for vacation? You must attend the mandatory seminar sessions (TBD) and complete 300 hours between the start and end of the program. It is possible to take time off for vacation if that time does not interfere with the mandatory seminar sessions. You will need to work out that type of request with your UK College of Nursing faculty advisor and Patient Care Manager. 

    Get on the fast track today. You'll get real experience and kick start your career! Find out more: Call 800-233-5851 or 859-323-5851 or email 

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    The University of Kentucky is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from minorities and women.