Clinical Preceptor Responsibilities | University of Portland

Clinical Preceptor Responsibilities


  1. Ensure the Clinical Affiliation Agreement is signed. Students cannot provide client care in the facility until the Clinical Affiliation Agreement is signed by the University of Portland and the practice site's official signatory.
  2. Provide the School of Nursing & Health Innovations graduate program coordinator with a current Curriculum Vitae (resume).
  3. Orient the student to the physical space, staff, flow of patients, and policies.
  4. Orient the student to the documentation method used at the clinical site, such as charts or electronic medical records.
  5. Allow the student to shadow you for two patients, unless the student has worked with you previously.
  6. Provide the student with instructions on your preferred method for reporting of patients to you.
  7. Be on site and available to students during the agreed upon times. Notify the student if unavailable on a designated student clinical day.
  8. Assist the student in communication with staff and navigating the practice site.
  9. Discuss with the student their individual objectives and methods for meeting them in the particular setting.
  10. Agree to guide and direct the student through clinical experience, allowing sufficient time for ongoing communication with the student.
  11. Be familiar with the information provided regarding the AACN Doctoral Essentials and UP School of Nursing & Health Innovations DNP program outcomes and encourage the student to seek new clinical learning opportunities over the course of the clinical rotation.
  12. Inform the faculty member of any concerns regarding student performance in the clinical setting. The sooner feedback is provided during a student's experience, the more likely the concern can be addressed with a positive outcome. 
  13. Meet with the student at the end of the semester to complete the evaluation tool provided by the graduate program coordinator in Typhon.

The role of the School of Nursing & Health Innovations faculty and preceptors is to serve as facilitators of learning. To develop competence as an FNP or AGPCNP, all students require some degree of assistance from the preceptor. The degree of assistance required should decrease over time as the degree of independence increases. At no time should a student be expected to perform without assistance from the preceptor, which includes the preceptor examining the patient.

To facilitate the evaluation of students in the clinical setting, a tool that addresses professional standards and procedures, competency, and the level of assistance required is utilized by both preceptors and faculty. All clinical courses are graded on a Pass/No Pass basis. The information you, as a preceptor, provide to faculty will be used to help determine the student's clinical grade.