Clinical Preceptor Resources | University of Portland

Clinical Preceptor Resources

Clinical Precepting and Placements

Clinical partnerships are one of the University of Portland School of Nursing's most valuable resources in preparing the next generation of primary care nurse practitioners educated at the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) level. Our clinical preceptors have an invested interest in and commitment to the quality of education that DNP students receive at the University of Portland and are a big part of the success that our students achieve post-graduation. 

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Clinical Experience

The DNP-FNP and DNP-AGPCNP programs at the University of Portland span 3 years in length. Students complete 1,000 clinical hours spread across the 5 semesters in the last two years in their program. 

With clinical preceptors, our students gain the opportunity to learn and practice alongside skilled practitioners who teach them and guide them in best-practice, helping them develop into competent, skilled, and safe advanced practice registered nurses.

Graduates of the FNP track are eligible to sit for the national FNP certification examination and graduates of the AGPCNP track are eligible to sit for the national AGPCNP certification examination. Additionally, graduates of the AGPCNP track have the option to sit for the Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse exam if they wish to be distinguished as a palliative care expert.


Student learning in the field

Clinical Site Selection and Preceptor Qualifications

Primary care nurse practitioner students collaborate with UP faculty to identify clinical practice sites in a variety of settings with qualified preceptors. 

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Clinical Preceptor Responsibilities

Clinical Preceptor Responsibilities

Clinical preceptors are, preferably, nurse practitioners within the same role as the student and are able to be on site and available to the learner. The role of the School of Nursing faculty and preceptors is to serve as facilitators of learning.

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Benefits of Precepting a University of Portland DNP Student

  • Letter or signed verification form to count precepting activities towards your recertification requirements.
  • Opportunities to mentor young professionals as future nurse leaders and pay forward the extraordinary work of your own preceptors.
  • Helping to prepare the future workforce of nurse practitioners in the region and contributing to the quality of health care in the region.
  • Ability to observe a potential employee in the clinical setting who, upon hire, would need little orientation or onboarding, thus strengthening your future provider workforce.

Preceptor Highlights

Male dnp preceptor

Tom Breyer, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC

Tom graduated with an ADN from Chemeketa Community College and pursued his BSN at the University of Portland (UP) after working in the areas of critical care, oncology and burns for 5 years. He continued his education and received his MSN as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from UP. After working with disadvantaged youth and juveniles in the corrections system he recognized the need for mental health and trauma-informed care and returned to school again for a post masters PMHNP degree from OHSU. Currently, he works in the Student Heath Center at Western Oregon University full time and one day weekly in private practice in Salem, Oregon. He is an active member of his community and globally by volunteering for Salem Free clinics and annual mission trips to Haiti. He is passionate about holistic care, prevention of sexual violence and child abuse, working with trauma victims, suicide prevention programs, social justice and bike riding. He has a love for comedy, good books and the outdoors. He is married with 6 children, 3 currently in college. He also teaches occasionally as an adjunct faculty at the University of Portland and is a committed preceptor providing clinical rotations in psych and primary care to students from the University of Portland, OHSU, Gonzaga, and Maryville Universities. In his spare time, he raises golden retrievers and golden doodles, and remodels older coastal properties.