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While the School of Nursing does not provide monetary payment to preceptors, there are many benefits of precepting. As a preceptor, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Improve your clinical, communication and teaching skills.
  • Reflect on and evaluate your own practice.
  • Stay current and revitalized as a health care professional.
  • Shape the next generation of nursing professionals in N.C.
  • serve as a role model for your teaching ability and professionalism.
  • Improve your ability to be considered for promotion or advancement in your workplace.
  • Experience the personal satisfaction of giving back to the health care community in N.C.
  • Access to electronic resources at the UNCW Randall Library.
  • Verification of preceptor hours for credentialing and/or licensure; for NP Preceptors: 30 precepting hours may be applied to the annual 50 hours of CE required by the NCBON
  • Potential adjunct faculty appointment at the School of Nursing

Credentials & Experience

  • North Carolina licensed in relevant field with Approval to Practice and Board Certified
  • Recognized as experts in clinical practice; with minimum one year experience as a provider.


  • Able to guide students in meeting the objectives for the practicum.
  • Effective with interpersonal skills for supporting a student, providing orientation to the experience, identifying student strengths and weaknesses, and in giving feedback in a constructive manner
  • Plan for approximately 180 hours per student, per site, per semester (fall, spring, summer)
  • Approve all the student’s written schedule.
  • Arrange orientation to the agency.
  • Integrate the student into the work of the agency at an appropriate pace.
  • Supervise student-client contacts directly or through consultation.
  • Consult with faculty at any time deemed necessary to assure student progress.
  • Participate in evaluation of the student’s clinical performance.
  • Call faculty if any concerns arise about student performance.
Preceptors are invited to view and participate in the following self-paced learning modules:

Additional Precepting Resources

Here are some excellent resources to help you make the most of the precepting experience:

Interested in serving as a preceptor?

We invite you to share your expertise, enthusiasm and joy for teaching with our students. If you are able to help or know of someone who may be interested in precepting, please contact Diane Parker, FNP Graduate Clinical Coordinator at or complete this interest form.