The Professional Capstone and Practicum course requires students to
select a course mentor. This mentor is not a preceptor, but an
individual who will guide students as they work to complete the
practice immersion hour requirements for this course. Students are not
required to “shadow” their mentor.
The course mentor should be someone who can provide professional
development knowledge and guidance and who possesses a genuine
interest in working with students to further their academic goals.
Selection, approval, and retention of a course mentor must be
completed as soon as possible at the start of this course, as this
individual will be working with the student on each assignment that
incorporates practice immersion hours. Working with a course mentor is mandatory.
Once a course mentor has agreed to serve in the role, you must
complete and submit the following required documentation so that
practice experiences can begin in a timely manner:
- Field Experience Site Information Form
Mentor/Preceptor Summary Form
- Mentor’s license,
certification, and resume/curriculum vitae
The student is responsible for obtaining all signatures for the
paperwork submission. Course faculty will approve all sites and
mentors according to student learning needs and specific course objectives.
Do not initiate new work on practice-immersion-hour-based course
assignments until your course instructor has approved your course mentor.
Once a course mentor is approved, students should contact the mentor
within 1 week of receiving the approval notification. Students are
encouraged to make an appointment to meet with their mentor in person
and arrange to review the NRS-490 course objectives and the Individual
Success Plan (ISP).