Tripartite Immersion Practicum

Tripartite Immersion Practicum (TIP) is a clinical course designed to enhance and expand student competencies for articulating and enacting the tripartite role (practice inquiry, advanced practice, leadership) in a practice setting that is relevant to the student's advanced practice nursing track and doctoral program.

DNP 1.0 students who have the TIP clinical course as part of their approved program of study should note this course will be offered for the last time in Spring 2015. Students who begin study in the DNP program Autumn 2013 (DNP 2.0) and later do not complete the TIP clinical course.

TIP Objectives

  1. Synthesize and expand knowledge and skills about advanced specialty practice at the individual, family, community or systems level that integrates leadership and utilization of evidence.
  2. Evaluate and translate scientific evidence into decision making (professional practice) with the goal of improving outcomes of care, enhancing effectiveness of care systems delivery, and reducing health disparities.
  3. Analyze strategic thinking and leadership principles and skills necessary to promote effective professional communication (oral and written), collaboration and change.
  4. Evaluate key issues that affect the advanced practice registered nurses' ability to influence practice, health systems, and policy.

TIP Placement Procedure

All students taking TIP must have a site contract in place prior to beginning in a clinical setting.

  1. The student schedules a meeting with their Supervisory Chair prior to the quarter they are taking TIP to discuss their placement plans. Students can view possible TIP projects in the Possible Student Projects SharePoint library at:
  2. Once the student has identified a site of interest, s/he:
    1. contact Laura Mason ( in Student and Academic Services to check current clinical site contracts. If a contract does not exist, it will not be possible to negotiate a new contract in time for the student to participate in TIP at that site for the following quarter. In this case, it is recommended that the student choose a site with a pre-existing contract or delay taking TIP until a contract can be established. Please note that establishing new contracts cannot be guaranteed and could lead to significant delays in the student's planned program of study.
    2. reviews the graduate student clinical site prerequisites web pages to see prerequisites specific to each site.
    3. As early as possible prior to the quarter when the student is taking TIP, the Supervisory Chair will notify the student's program of study's Clinical Placement Coordinator (or the student's advisor for post-MN students) about the student's TIP plans.
  1. The Clinical Placement Coordinator will contact clinical sites/agencies to identify potential clinical mentors and appropriate contacts.

    Note: Students may already have names of potential mentors if they have previously been at a site for clinical; numbers 2a, 5, 6, and 7 may not be necessary if this is the case.
  2. The Clinical Placement Coordinator contacts the student with potential site contacts and directs students to the Graduate Clinical Site Prerequisites web pages for students to identify any specific site prerequisites.
  3. The student interviews possible site contacts to discuss TIP project ideas and identify their mentor at that site.
  4. The student notifies the Clinical Placement Coordinator with the name of their mentor.
  5. The Clinical Placement Coordinator (or the post-MN student's advisor) officially notifies the student, Jennifer Rathe in Student and Academic Services ( and the student's Supervisory Chair with the following TIP placement information:
    • Agency
    • Mentor
    • Mentor's address, phone, and e-mail
    • Office manager's name, phone, and e-mail
  6. The Clinical Placement Coordinator sends a reminder URL link for the clinical site pre-clinical requirements