Nursing Students for Choice Clinical Externship Program (CEP)

Please note: The CEP has been reopened, as of January 1, 2017! If you’re interested, please contact

At Nursing Students for Sexual & Reproductive Health (NSSRH), we believe that all nursing students (RN, ADN, BSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD) should have clinical exposure to abortion and reproductive health care in order to be well prepared to enter the workforce and serve the full spectrum of patient needs.  NSSRH has partnered with Planned Parenthood Federation of America and various other reproductive health care providers to create clinical experience opportunities in most major cities in the U.S. Funding may available to offset travel costs to and from the clinical site. Please see the guidelines below for more details and to apply!

A Brief Overview

Nursing students at any level are welcome to apply. Students will be exposed to the nursing role in pregnancy options counseling, abortion care, family planning, basic gynecology, and some basic primary care depending on the facility.

In addition to completing the application on our website, all applicants must submit a current Letter of Good Standing (send as a PDF on official letterhead to from their nursing school in order to qualify for this program. All applicants must complete a background check, and will be entered into a background check system by NSSRH as part of the application process, as well as agree to the terms and conditions of the CEP Guidelines.

After successfully completing the application process, students will be put in touch with the Clinic Manager at their assigned site, and details of the schedule and observation opportunities will be developed with the clinic manager on an individual basis.

NSSRH requests a minimum of 30 hours of clinical time, however we are not able to guarantee the time available at any given clinical site. No hands-on training is guaranteed, however students will gain valuable exposure to many aspects of nursing care in reproductive health.

Students will be required to fill out a Pre-Externship Survey and Post-Externship Survey as part of their clinical externship.

CEP in 7 Easy Steps!

Step 1: Fill out the CEP Application found below and email to let us know when this is complete.

Step 2: Upon receipt of your completed application, NSSRH will enter you into the background check system. You will receive an email with the CEP Guidelines and program forms attached, and a Letter of Good Standing will be requested. If you will need travel assistance, please request it now; you will be given the appropriate forms for reimbursement.

Step 3: Complete the Pre-Externship Survey that will be sent to you.

Step 4: Complete the background check process. Sterling Infosystems will send you an email requesting that you complete the forms required to finish your background check. Follow the instructions to complete your background check.

Step 5: When your application process is complete, you will receive an email from NSSRH letting you know that a clinical placement has been requested. When a spot is available, you will be contacted by the host site.

Step 6: Negotiate your schedule and externship content directly with the clinic. Complete your externship according to this schedule.

Step 6: Complete your Post-Externship Survey (*note, no travel reimbursements will be issued without receipt of this survey).

Step 7: Submit receipts for reimbursement if you have been granted funding.

Congratulations! You have now completed a clinical internship in abortion and family planning! A certificate of completion, noting your clinical hours, will be sent to you when you have finished.

We are here to help—if you have more specific questions or if you need assistance please email