@EDboundSN Yes just like a RN. My hospital is an academic center with my school but it was not set up by the school. The hospital likes to do it because it will help them hire people for the next year. Most of the externs stayed on after as PCI and many of us already have job offers. I already have on but I really want to move away. The externship was for 9 weeks so 27 shifts. Which is actually more than my practicum.