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The clinical component of NP education serves as the clinical classroom where students apply what they have learned in their coursework to the practice setting. Clinical preceptors are the most valuable resources in any NP program, as you willingly share your time and expertise to hone the practice skills of future NPs.
A preceptor is a healthcare professional who meets the qualifications and selection criteria defined by their state of practice Board of Registration, state board of nursing guidelines (as applicable), and the Regis College nursing faculty.
A Qualified Preceptor is:
Students may only complete clinical hours with an approved preceptor. If the approved preceptor can no longer serve in this role (has left the practice or requires an extended leave), the student must submit new documents for approval to work with an alternate preceptor.
Students will not precept with family members, their own health care providers, immediate supervisor, or any individual who directly reports to the student. To avoid a conflict of interest, the student must not select a preceptor with whom they have a personal or social relationship.
NU 650, NU 664 and NU 665
Students may use a mix of clinicians to provide direct clinical teaching as appropriate to the range of clinical experiences required to meet the program objectives. This mix of preceptors may enhance the inter-professional experience for the student. Over the course of the program, the student must have a majority of clinical hours with preceptors from the same population focus as required by their specialty track in primary care or acute care (A-Pediatric; B-Family; C- Psych/Mental Health; D-Women's Health; E-Adult-Gerontology Primary Care; F-Adult-Gerontology Acute Care). In addition, over the course of the NU 664/NU 665 NP program the student must complete a minimum of 150 clinical hours with an APRN preceptor and preferably an NP with expertise in the population-focused area of practice in primary care.
NU 664C and NU 665C
The practicum setting must include exposure to prescribing medications and non-pharmacologic interventions. To ensure students become familiar with the role and duties relevant to prescribing medication, a licensed and certified PMHNP, a Psychiatrist, or a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist must supervise PMHNP students. All preceptors must have board certification from ANCC for APRNs, ABPN for MDs, DOs; NCCPA for PAs. Upon approval of the program director, PMHNP students may complete specialty placement hours with a licensed (minimum of a master's level) prepared person in a psychotherapeutic area of focus that contributes to the student's knowledge of primary care within the population-specific track. The remaining 500 hours would adjust accordingly. The student must follow any specific state board of nursing regulations related to preceptors.
NU 664F and NU 665FX
A master’s prepared AGACNP/ACNP, DO, or MD must supervise AGACNP students. All preceptors must have at least one year of clinical experience in the population-focused area of practice and role (i.e., ICU or ED). If the master’s prepared NP is an FNP or ANP, or is a PA, then students may complete clinical hours with that professional if their licensing meets the qualifications defined by the State Board of Nursing requirements in that state. If the student is in a setting where there may be several providers (hospitalist group, ED group), there may be only a maximum of two providers for that rotation. Should the preceptor(s) rotate in both the inpatient and outpatient environment, contracts will need to cover both settings, and the student should rotate with the preceptor in those settings.
The preceptor is expected to: