The Rural Health program places University of Michigan-Flint Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) nurse practitioner students with clinical preceptors in rural primary care clinics. 

Please contact us if you:

  • Are a nurse practitioner in a rural setting who is interested in serving as a preceptor for graduate nursing students.
  • Are interested in having UM-Flint nurse practitioner students complete a clinical placement in your rural primary care clinic.
  • Would like to learn more about the Rural Health program.
Rural Health Program Objectives:
  1. Increase the number of rural primary care clinical placements for MSN and DNP nurse practitioner students.
  2. Provide and evaluate preceptor training in assessment, teaching, and evaluation of NP students.
  3. Evaluate the MSN and DNP student theory and clinical learning experiences for increased effectiveness in primary care management of rural patients.
  4. Evaluate the rural academic-practice partnerships to make quality improvements in the student-preceptor experience.
  5. Increase the number of NP graduates who practice with rural populations.
Our Partners and Clinical Sites

Alveda E. Lutz Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center’s Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in Clare, MI

Michigan; Memorial Medical Associates’ Durand Family Health Center in Durand, MI

Traverse Health Clinic in Traverse City, MI

McKenzie Rural Health Clinic, Sandusky, MI

Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital’s Family Practice Clinic, Cadillac, MI

East Jordan Family Health Center, East Jordan, MI

Rural Health Module

Nurse practitioner students complete a Rural Health Learning Module about the health disparities experienced by rural populations to increase their readiness to practice.

“The modules were very informative and I like that I was able to watch the modules and then see patients so I could relate what I learned in the modules to the patients. They prepared me for seeing the patients.” 

-Marcy Hatfield, MSN student

Preceptor Learning Modules

Learning Modules are available to preceptors to increase their skills in teaching, assessment and evaluation of students.

Regarding the Preceptor Modules… I would recommend going to the Frequently Asked Questions. That’s what I liked most and what I think was most pertinent right to start and was actually so helpful.” 

-Sandy Manssur, MSN, FNP-BC