Affiliation Agreements

Affiliation Agreements are established for the purpose of experiential education or research and they represent a contractual relationship between GVSU and affiliated facilities, specifying the responsibilities and liabilities of each party.  GVSU's Office of the Vice Provost for Health is responsible for executing and maintaining Affiliation Agreements for GVSU's health-related academic programs.  An Affiliation Agreement must be established prior to experiential education or research in affiliated facilities.

GVSU has Affiliation Agreements with hundreds of locations across the United States and international locations.  If students are considering an international location for experiential learning, they should contact Padnos International Center (Contact information can be found by visiting the Padnos International Center website (


Preceptor Perks Program

When students are placed in an affiliated facility, they have a preceptor or supervisor assigned to monitor their activities and educational process.  In addition to the rewards inherent in teaching and mentoring a future healthcare professional, preceptors/supervisors are entitled to a number of incentives or perks through Grand Valley State University's Preceptor Perks Program.  Visit the Preceptor Perks Program webpage for more information.