BSN Student Nurse Extern Program


Our ten week concentrated work/study experience,
the University of Michigan BSN Student Nurse Extern
Program, allows BSN students to function in a nursing
role in a safe and supportive environment, under the
direct supervision of a RN preceptor.

This program is only for students in a traditional BSN track. For job opportunities please check out the Nursing Careers website.

Program Information:

The University of Michigan Student Nurse Extern Program is a work/study experience, which focuses on the utilization of the nursing process to meet the bio/psycho/social needs of the patient with real or potential life threatening health problems. The program consists of one week of didactic learning and nine weeks of concentrated time spent on a selected unit under the direct supervision of a RN preceptor. It is a unique experience that allows BSN students to function in a nursing role in a safe and supportive environment.

The Student Nurse Extern Program offers the participants an exceptional opportunity to develop their nursing skills. The didactic portion of the program is concentrated  in the first week.  Students who are selected for this program must be prepared for a full 36-40 hour commitment per week (approximately 360 total hours of clinical work).

Program Application Dates in 2017

  • Application will open on November 9, 9AM, Eastern Time
  • Application will close on December 10, 11.59PM Eastern Time SHARP

Interview Dates in 2017

NOTE that all interviews are conducted on site, in person, with unit representatives. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this requirement.

  • February 10, 2017: Adult ICU
  • February 17, 2017: Adult Med/Surg
  • February 24, 2017: Pediatrics

Program Dates: May 15-July 21, 2017

  • You must commit to all program and orientation dates.
  • You must follow your preceptor's work schedule.
  • You will not know your work schedule or who your assigned preceptor will be until the first week of the program.
  • Please do not ask the units to adjust your schedules. There are no exceptions to this rule.
  • Email Mark Erber at if you have any questions.




Contact UsBSN Externship Staff and Location

Mary Anne V. Brancheau, BSN, RN-BC
Educational Nurse Coordinator
Nurse Externship Program & Clinical Placement Coordinator
Professional Development & Education

Mark Erber, MSN, RN
Staff Specialist
Professional Development and Education

Irene Knokh, MA, MEd.,
Instructional Design Consultant;
Nurse Extern Program Coordinator
Professional Development & Education
















Target Audience: UMHS Nursing | Author/Contact: Externship Team | Web Publisher: Irene Knokh | Reviewed: October 18, 2016