Preceptors Needed to Shape the Next Generation of Nurses

We welcome you to share your expertise and experience to help mentor our nursing students by providing real-world learning opportunities within your practice.

We are in search of nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians from across the country and in a variety of disciplines, including Psychiatric-Mental Health, Family Practice, Adult Gerontology, Med-Surg, and others.

As a Wilkes preceptor, you’ll be giving back to the profession in which you received mentorship when you were a student. Many of our preceptors find that there’s nothing quite as satisfying as paying it forward.

One of the many advantages of distance learning is that students can study the didactic portion of their coursework, online, from wherever they live. Once the student is prepared to enter the clinical portion of their curriculum, we look locally in the community for the appropriate sites that will meet their requirements.

Help shape the next generation

Wilkes is proud of its more than 40-year commitment to the professional practice of nursing. Our faculty and staff are dedicated, expert teachers and clinicians who are passionate about nursing education, and our students are bright and engaged achievers who want to reach their full potential.

All aspects of our academic programming are designed to foster student success. That’s why we believe preceptors are an extension of our team and play an essential role in the education of our students.

Wilkes University online nursing programs in need of preceptors
Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (A.B.S.N.)

Our Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (A.B.S.N.) online program enables students to become a B.S.N.-level nurse in just one year. This rigorous, full-time program is for those with a bachelor’s degree and solid academic foundation in another field who want to transition into nursing quickly. Students are required to complete 755 clinical hours.

Curriculum Sample

Associate Degree in Nursing (R.N.) to Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) — Nurse Practitioner

The R.N. to M.S.N. program is for registered nurses with associate degrees who want to become nurse practitioners. It focuses on advanced clinical skills, professionalism and evidence-based practice. Our integrated exam preparation courses provide dedicated study resources, leading to impressive passing rates and graduate success. Wilkes nurses have pass rates on board certification exams that are consistently above the national average. This program offers three nurse practitioner concentrations. Students are required to complete 545-629 clinical hours, depending on the concentration.

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

Our Masters in Nursing M.S.N. nurse practitioner track programs focus on advanced clinical skills, professionalism and evidence-based practice. Our integrated exam preparation courses provide dedicated study resources, leading to impressive pass rates and graduate success. Wilkes nurses have pass rates on board certification exams that are consistently above the national average. Students are required to complete 500-584 clinical hours, depending on the concentration.

Post-Graduate A.P.R.N. Certificate

Wilkes will award a post-graduate/A.P.R.N. certificate of program completion, not a degree, which students can complete in three to five semesters in the same nurse practitioner tracks offered as part of our M.S.N. program. Students are required to complete between 500-584 clinical hours, depending on the concentration.

Family Nurse Practitioner (F.N.P.)

Our F.N.P. track allows students to analyze evidence-based practice to facilitate direct care for health promotion, protection and disease prevention. Students learn how to apply critical-thinking skills to clinical decision-making and diagnostic reasoning for prioritizing care and demonstrating communication skills to impact patient outcomes physically, psychosocially, spiritually, cognitively and developmentally. Students are required to complete 629 clinical hours.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (A.G.N.P.)

Our A.G.N.P. track promotes quality outcomes to facilitate health promotion, protection and disease prevention. This concentration will help students develop the necessary knowledge and skills to provide chronic primary and acute primary health care and to integrate evidence-based nursing theories with health assessment and diagnostic reasoning of chronic and acute primary health care problems. Students are required to complete 545 Clinical hours.

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (P.M.H.N.P.)

Our P.M.H.N.P. track will help students acquire skills in completing comprehensive mental health assessments, as well as individual, family and group psychotherapy to treat patients properly. Thorough assessment will help students develop competence in prescribing and monitoring medications used in the treatment of disorders across the lifespan. Students are required to complete 545 clinical hours.

Family Nurse Practitioner (F.N.P.)

Our F.N.P. track allows students to analyze evidence-based practice to facilitate direct care for health promotion, protection and disease prevention. Students learn how to apply critical-thinking skills to clinical decision-making and diagnostic reasoning for prioritizing care and demonstrating communication skills to impact patient outcomes physically, psychosocially, spiritually, cognitively and developmentally. Students are required to complete 584 clinical hours.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (A.G.N.P.)

Our A.G.N.P. track promotes quality outcomes to facilitate health promotion, protection and disease prevention. This concentration will help students develop the necessary knowledge and skills to provide chronic primary and acute primary health care and to integrate evidence-based nursing theories with health assessment and diagnostic reasoning of chronic and acute primary health care problems. Students are required to complete 500 Clinical hours.

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (P.M.H.N.P.)

Our P.M.H.N.P. track will help students acquire skills in completing comprehensive mental health assessments, as well as individual, family and group psychotherapy to treat patients properly. Thorough assessment will help students develop competence in prescribing and monitoring medications used in the treatment of disorders across the lifespan. Students are required to complete 500 clinical hours.

Family Nurse Practitioner (F.N.P.)

Our F.N.P. track allows students to analyze evidence-based practice to facilitate direct care for health promotion, protection and disease prevention. Students learn how to apply critical-thinking skills to clinical decision-making and diagnostic reasoning for prioritizing care and demonstrating communication skills to impact patient outcomes physically, psychosocially, spiritually, cognitively and developmentally. Students are required to complete 584 clinical hours.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (A.G.N.P.)

Our A.G.N.P. track promotes quality outcomes to facilitate health promotion, protection and disease prevention. This concentration will help students develop the necessary knowledge and skills to provide chronic primary and acute primary health care and to integrate evidence-based nursing theories with health assessment and diagnostic reasoning of chronic and acute primary health care problems. Students are required to complete 500 Clinical hours.

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (P.M.H.N.P.)

Our P.M.H.N.P. track will help students acquire skills in completing comprehensive mental health assessments, as well as individual, family and group psychotherapy to treat patients properly. Thorough assessment will help students develop competence in prescribing and monitoring medications used in the treatment of disorders across the lifespan. Students are required to complete 500 clinical hours.

NSG 211 --- Physical Assessment

This course is designed to facilitate the integration of physical assessment skills as an essential element of the nursing process. The components of physical assessment, including the health history and physical examination, are organized to allow the student to proceed from an assessment of the overall function of a client to the more specific functions of each body system.  

Requirement: Sophomore standing in the Nursing program and Accelerated Baccalaureate Program for Second Degree Students. (Credits: 3) 

NSG 224 --- Pharmacotherapeutics and Decision Making in Nursing

This course is designed to assist students to understand the multidisciplinary science of pharmacology based on human systems. Content includes drug classifications, indications, adverse effects and contraindications, age-related variables, dosages, and nursing implications. Using critical thinking skills related to drug therapy, clinical decision-making is developed. (Credits: 3)

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NSG 330 --- Nursing Practice I

This course introduces the student to the profession of nursing. Use of the nursing process is emphasized in meeting the human needs of clients identified as individuals, families, and communities. Nursing theory is correlated with clinical practice in the Clinical Nursing Simulation Center and selected clinical agencies. 12 hours of clinical practice. (Credits: 12) 

The benefits of being a preceptor

Many nurses become preceptors for the rewards of sharing their expertise and knowledge and for the satisfaction of seeing nurses develop professionally. Wilkes students are experienced, committed and quality professionals you can trust to provide exceptional care for your patients.

Other benefits of precepting include:

  • Teaching new students is your opportunity to pay forward the dedication of your own preceptor.
  • Teaching reinforces and strengthens your own knowledge.
  • Students are taught the most up-to-date clinical best practices, so sharing knowledge when precepting is often a two-way street.

Precepting is your opportunity to shape a new generation of nurses, influence real change in health care and give back to the profession.

Contact Us

Your support of our students and programs is greatly appreciated. If you or someone you know may be interested in precepting, please contact: placement@onlinenursingdegrees.wilkes.edu

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Preceptor FAQs
What is a preceptor?

A preceptor is an experienced licensed practitioner who provides professional instruction and supervision during clinical practice and facilitates the application of theory to practice for nursing students.

What are the criteria for a physician to become a preceptor?
  • Unencumbered license to practice medicine in the state where the preceptorship will take place
  • Engaged in an active practice directly affiliated with the rotation
  • Committed to providing quality patient encounters
What are the criteria for a nurse practitioner to become a preceptor?
  • Unencumbered license to practice as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (A.P.R.N.) in the state of practice
  • Eligible to practice in an advanced practice role as deemed appropriate by the state’s Board of Nursing
  • Board-certified as a nurse practitioner or A.P.R.N.
  • Functioning as an advanced practice nurse in a primary care or approved specialty practice setting
  • Committed to providing quality patient encounters
What are the responsibilities of the preceptor?
  • Bridges the gap between theory and actual practice
  • Orients student to practice setting, organizational policies and key personnel
  • Orients student to institutional policies
  • Assists student in planning clinical assignments based on course objectives and student articulated learning needs
  • Provides supervision of student on a one-to-one clinical basis until such time as student and preceptor deem direct supervision is no longer necessary
  • Provides daily feedback to student
  • Reviews all student documentation in clinical records and co-signs same
  • Submits a Student Evaluation Form to clinical faculty of the practice experience, as requested
  • Serves as a role model to the nurse practitioner student
  • Maintains an open line of communication with the student’s clinical advisor
What are the responsibilities of the faculty?
  • Be available to discuss the clinical program requirements and objectives with the preceptor
  • Assess the adequacy of space and appropriateness of clients for the student’s learning objectives and clinical experiences
  • Communicates with preceptor regarding the student’s conduct and progress
  • Schedules on-site visits when deemed necessary by the faculty, student or preceptor
What are the responsibilities of the student?
  • Reviews goals/objectives for fulfilling clinical requirements
  • Provides the preceptor with written objectives and evaluation forms for the clinical experience
  • Provides proof of nursing license, immunization status and any other documentation required by the clinical site, as necessary
  • Reviews existing agency protocols with preceptor
  • Documents all clinical encounters in the respective health records using a SOAP format (All entries must be co-signed by the preceptor.)
  • Arrives at designated site on time and dressed professionally
How does a preceptor know what to focus on?

Each course has associated clinical course objectives to help guide you and the students during the preceptorship. The course objectives are outlined in the Preceptor Guide.

How do preceptors evaluate students?
  • Preceptors have opportunities for immediate feedback as well as a more formal assessment of student performance in the form of evaluations.
How are students screened?

Students must complete annual physical exams, background checks, immunization verifications, drug screenings, as well as OSHA and HIPAA trainings.

Does a preceptor get paid?

Not at this time, but depending on your certifying organization, preceptorship may be used toward license renewal or national recertification.

What are the benefits of preceptorship?
  • Clinical preceptors will receive a certificate demonstrating the number of hours in which he or she has precepted a student. Depending on your certifying organization, this may be used toward license renewal or national recertification.

We welcome suggestions for additional benefits that we can provide to preceptors. Share them with placement@onlinenursingdegrees.wilkes.edu

Do I have to precept every semester?

There are no requirements for the frequency of preceptorship; many preceptors take students intermittently. We are grateful for the value you provide in each preceptorship.

What is the time commitment?

The time commitment varies by program and by rotation.