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Become A Clinical Preceptor

The relationship between preceptors and students cannot be underestimated. Those that accept the responsibility of preceptorship are personally rewarded with the satisfaction that they have helped mold the future of healthcare. The willingness to devote your time, share knowledge and skills as well as professional insights is as important to our students as is their classroom learning. Your contribution to Drexel’s Nurse Practitioner Programs is invaluable to the continued success of our students.

This is a brief overview of what the role requires. If you have confirmed that you will be accepting one of our students you will receive the official Preceptor Manual, which includes more detailed information.


  • During the time of your preceptor appointment, you may use the title of Clinical Faculty, Drexel University. This is to signify the high value placed on your role and involvement in providing the best learning opportunities for our nurse practitioner students.
  • A certificate of appreciation, verifying the number of clinical hours precepted, will be provided to you at the conclusion of each term.
  • A 10% discount  on our Continuing Education programs.
  • More benefits to follow.

Requirements for Preceptors

  • Preceptors may be a nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife or a physician in an approved specialty.
  • Preceptors must meet the licensure and certification requirements of the state in which they practice.
  • The preceptor should have at least 1 year of practice experience.
  • The preceptor must have current Board Certification.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae will be needed.

Required Paperwork

You may be asked to provide a copy of your CV, state licensure and Board Certification or proof thereof.

Clinical Hours

Certification requirements guide the number of clinical hours required. Clinical hours are based on the time spent in the clinical setting. We recommend students schedule two (8) hour days per week or approximately 16 hours a week for 10 weeks. Clinical rotations must involve experiences that promote and develop NP decision-making skills.

Preceptor Roles & Responsibilities

  • Welcome and encourage a mutually respectful and collaborative learning environment
  • Orient the student to the clinical site and the facility’s policies and procedures
  • Provide supervision and mentoring to the student throughout the clinical rotation
  • Encourage student to take advantage of available facility resources
  • Guide student progression to meet the needs and demands of the clinical site
  • Assist in the development of patient assessment, diagnosis, management and collaboration with health care team utilizing evidenced-based practice
  • Review and provide ongoing feedback from clinical skills, documentation, and evaluations
  • Assist the student in meeting course objectives and individual learning needs
  • Review and provide constructive feedback on student documentation daily
  • Communicate with clinical faculty throughout the quarter concerning student progress and notify of any immediate concerns
  • Complete both a midterm and final evaluation using our online documentation system, E*Value
  • Validate student’s clinical hours
  • Have fun!

Preceptors are role models for the future of our profession. Qualities of a preceptor include: practice excellence, commitment to improving outcomes for patients and families, and demonstration of the highest levels of professionalism.

The Drexel University Nurse Practitioner Program faculty recognizes the dedication necessary to establish and fulfill the preceptor role.

Read the article about Preceptors in the College of Nursing and Health Profession's news site - "Caring for Future Generations".

Thank you for considering to take a Drexel Nurse Practitioner student.