Purdue University Northwest, College of Nursing
APRN Practicum Requirements: When to Submit and How
All APRN students are responsible for submitting the following information prior to the first practicum course and as needed. Deadlines for submitting practicum information:
April 1 for Summer Practicum
June 1 for Fall Practicum
November 1 for Spring Practicum
Note: Students will not be allowed to begin practicum experiences until all practicum requirements are met. Additionally, students must continue to update practicum requirements as needed in order to remain in practicum settings.
Following is a list of all information to submit and the corresponding submission schedule.
- AGCNS students will purchase CastleBranch’s Medical Document Manager for a one-time fee of $35.00 to submit required documents. To purchase, go to castlebranch.com and place order using package code PW94im
- Note, results of services and training purchased through CastleBranch will automatically upload.
- FNP students will use Typhon to submit required documents and manage clinical hours. See “An Introduction to Typhon for FNP Students” located in the MSN-APRN portal for information about purchasing Typhon.
Four months before the first practicum, both AGCNS and FNP students will access CastleBranch at castlebranch.com to purchase the required criminal background check. If not available through other means, students may also access CastleBranch to purchase:
- 10-panel drug screen
- HIPAA eLearning module
- OSHA eLearning module
Start an order by selecting “Place Order” (no initial login needed). Enter the appropriate package code listed below and submit.
|When to Submit|
|Prior to 1st practicum||Annually||Within 1 month before expiration|
|Criminal background check: Cost = $67.75. Go to castlebranch.com and place order using package code PW94grad.
Must complete within 4 months prior to first practicum. Only CastleBranch background checks will be accepted. We cannot accept background checks completed through places of employment. Note: some practicum sites may require repeated background checks.
|10-panel drug screen: Cost = $40.00 when ordered through CastleBranch. May complete by going to castlebranch.com and placing an order using package code: PW94dt
If not completed through CastleBranch, upload results. Must complete within 4 months prior to first practicum. Note: some practicum sites may require repeated drug screens.
|HIPAA E-Learning module: One-time purchase of $10.00. May complete by going to castlebranch.com and placing an order using package code: PW94hipaa
If not completed through CastleBranch, upload validation of HIPAA training.
|OSHA E-Learning module: Yearly purchase of $10.00. May complete by going to castlebranch.com and placing an order using package code: PW94osha
If not completed through CastleBranch, upload validation of OSHA training.
|Validation of CPR certification. Certification must be from the American Heart Association and must be a healthcare provider course.||X||X|
|Communicable Diseases and Disease Exposure Policy, signed. See this section of portal for form.||X|
|Validation of RN License that corresponds to state where practicum will occur||X||X|
|Proof of health insurance||X||X|
|Proof of influenza vaccine||X||X (due by Oct. 31)|
|Physical Examination Summary, signed. See this section of portal for form.||X|
|TB testing/screening: QuantiFERON-TB Gold test results.||X||X (may use TST for annual updates)|
• Hepatitis B titer or signed statement of refusal of vaccine. See this section of portal for statement.
|• Measles (rubeola), mumps, rubella (MMR) titer||X|
|• Varicella titer||X|
|Proof of polio vaccination (3 dose series of IPV or OPV). If a vaccination record is not available, obtain a single lifetime booster dose of IPV for adults and submit proof of booster.||
|Proof of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) booster as adult (within past 5 years)||X|
|Universal Precautions Policy and Instruction Acknowledgment, signed. See this section of portal for policy.||X||X|
|Practicum Information Form to be emailed to the College of Nursing Graduate Program Secretary. Note: this form does not need to be uploaded into CastleBranch or Typhon. See this section of portal for form.||Submit before each practicum experience. If more than one preceptor in a semester, submit a separate form for each preceptor.|