Twozer, when I applied for my NP grad school, yes I was aware that we were required to find our own preceptors but I never realized how hard it would be. We had an assignment to shadow an area of interest for one day during our second semester and I was turned down by several OB/GYN docs for just one day of shadowing. At the time I was not reading postings on this forum and really had no clue that it would be hard to get someone to precept me. I found out fast that I would have to work hard to find preceptors and that I would have to "settle" for a couple of sub-par ones, but my education was MINE and I made it great in spite of the situation. Adult learning is self directed and you get out of it what you put into it.