Undergraduate Nursing Student Placement



In support of our commitment to education and training of future nursing professionals, UK HealthCare provides nursing students with observations and learning experiences in various clinical areas. Multiple learning opportunities are provided by UK HealthCare with onboarding by the Nursing Student Placement Office. Some of the students we serve include:

  • Undergraduate nursing students (practical, associate degree, bachelor’s degree)
  • RN to BSN students
  • Clinical nursing rotations
  • Practicum/synthesis experiences
  • Student Nurse Apprentice (SNAP)

The placement office provides a centralized office to compliantly onboard all undergraduate nursing students into the UK HealthCare enterprise. All undergraduate nursing students and RN to BSN students must be onboarded and approved through the Nursing Student Placement Office or a partnering area prior to beginning their learning experience.

Participation criteria

All learners

All learners:

  • Will be subject to UK HealthCare policies and procedures and to applicable federal, state and local laws that may apply to their activities.
  • Will wear their ID badge and companion badge on their upper body at all times during their learning experience.
  • Will not begin their learning experience until approved by the Nursing Student Placement Office or one of the partnering areas listed below:
    • Office of Observation and Learning Experience will onboard observers, students and research learners who are not associated with an undergraduate nursing program.
    • Office of Advanced Practice will onboard graduate-level nursing students.

Students/clinical faculty

Students and clinical faculty members must be enrolled in a course or educational program with an organization that has a current affiliation agreement with UK HealthCare.

They must receive academic credit or meet training requirements for the learning experience.


Individuals will be asked to provide the following:

  • Immunization information must be provided by the learner. This includes acceptable documentation for:
    • Tdap
    • MMR
    • Varicella
    • Tuberculosis within the past 12 months (must be 2-step TB Skin Test or IGRA blood test)
    • Flu shot (Oct. 1 – March 31)
    • Hepatitis B vaccine (optional)
    • COVID-19 vaccination (strongly recommended, but not required)
    • Review the immunization requirements form below for additional information. All documentation must include learner's name, dates and where immunizations were received.
  • Student will provide an approved background check and drug screen that meets UK HealthCare requirements:
    • Background check
      • Processed within one year or as part of current educational program.
      • Background check includes: criminal history, sex offender registry, healthcare sanctions.
    • 9-panel drug screen must include the following:
      • Marijuana, cocaine, PCP, amphetamines, opiate metabolites, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, methadone, propoxyphene
  • Attestation that the learner has and will maintain personal health insurance
  • Prevention First workplace violence training certificate
  • Additional documentation as pertinent to the learner and their experience may also be required.


Call 859-218-4903 for questions.

Email: elaine.smith2@uky.edu

UK Healthcare
Waller Health Care Annex
115 Waller Avenue, Room 116
Lexington, KY 40503