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In the clinical nursing courses, students may complete required clinical learning hours with preceptors. The preceptor is a registered nurse licensed in the state of practice with 18 months of experience in the selected clinical practice area. The preceptor serves as a preceptor for the nursing student in collaboration with the clinical nursing faculty. Approval of the preceptor and clinical sites must be obtained from faculty prior to students beginning clinical hours.

The clinical faculty provides guidance to the nursing student and preceptors to develop and implement a quality clinical experience. Input on student performance is requested from the preceptor while the faculty remains responsible for assigning the clinical grade for that course. Students may be required to visit campus to demonstrate clinical competency. The following guidelines have been approved for the selection, monitoring, and evaluation of the clinical experience.

Criteria for Selection:

Preceptors will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Current unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in the state of
  • Minimum of 18 months of work experience as a registered nurse
  • Demonstrate competence in practice as designated by the institution in which they are employed
  • Approved by the nurse manager or chair of the area

Community Partner

The community partner is defined as the primary contact person with a community agency or organization. This person will collaborate with the BSN completion student to plan, implement, and provide feedback about the Service-Learning Project.

Service Learning Project Form