The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Graduate Programs

Graduate Clinical Placements

Welcome to the Clinical Placements page! We hope you find your clinical experiences as a UMass Amherst Nursing student both enriching and rewarding. This web page provides important information about the clinical placement process for both students and instructors.

Instructions: Preparing for Graduate Clinical Practicum

All students taking a practicum class must read the instructions thoroughly. They contain important information and procedures you need to do your practicum.

PLEASE REVIEW INSTRUCTIONS Preparing for Graduate Clinical Practicum .

Below is a simplified list of forms and instructions you need to prepare for your practicums.

Generally CNL, DNP students at capstone or PhD students do not need to follow these procedures unless:

1. You have a preceptor who needs to record your hours

2. Your site requires an affiliation agreement

3. Your site needs to verify that you have your health and immunizations 

4. You are taking a clinical practicum course (some CNLs do this).

Affiliation agreements

You must ask your site if they need an affiliation agreement. If the site requires an affiliation agreement,  fill out the Affiliation Agreement Request Form. It will go to AJ Juno.


Upload all of the documents needed. The background check is a mandatory one-time separate package code.

CCP Training

We need to insure all students have been trained in HIPAA, OSHA, fire and safety, etc.

Review instructions.

Centralized Clinical Placements (CCP)

Many clinical sites that are affiliated with larger institutions, such as Boston Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, require us to enter the request into the CCP database. Please check with your clinical facility and email Dr. Lori Anne Lynewho will enter your data into CCP. Include the course you will be taking, number of hours needed, and unit for which you are requesting placement. You also need to attach a copy of your CV and a cover letter. Most of these sites ask that you do not communicate with the unit managers or nurse educators for approval but instead go through Dr. Lyne, who is ultimately responsible for finalizing placements. 

Student-Preceptor Form

See the Student-Preceptor Form in the Downloads section below. Please complete the form (typed, saved, then emailed) to


If you are new to Typhon and do not have a student login, email AJ Juno.

Verification Letters, Good Standing Letters, Credentialing—if needed

It is up to you, the student, to find out what is required by your site and let me know if they need something from me/the college. Email me what they need with the contact info for the person who needs to receive this. If they have their own forms, please attach these.

Preceptor Entered Into Typhon

Send me a reminder email about a week before you start your clinicals to put your preceptor into Typhon, if they do not already have an account.

If your PRECEPTOR Forgets Password or needs to get into their Typhon account, give them these instructions:

  • Go to this link:
  • Click Preceptor/EASI Login
  • Acct # is: 7313
  • Email address: the one preceptor used originally.
  • Click link: Forgot Password

For CastleBranch questions, contact Jennifer Heim.