The preceptor is an expert health care provider, clinician or health care administrator who has an interest in teaching and mentoring. The preceptor facilitates student learning of the role and function of the advanced practice nurse, nurse educator or nurse executive.

Preceptors may include:

  • Masters-prepared registered nurses

  • Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNP), with national board certification and a minimum of one year clinical experience 

  • Advanced Practice Nurses (APN)

  • Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS)

  • Medical Doctors (MD)

  • Doctors of Osteopathy (DO)

  • Physicians Assistants (PA)

  • Masters-prepared business practitioners who possess specialized expertise and who are appropriately credentialed in a particular field 

Many of the benefits of precepting are intangible, intrinsic rewards based upon each individual.  Preceptors often state that they enjoy sharing their knowledge and 'giving back' to the profession.  The benefits of reviewing and seeking new knowledge, improving and gaining skills and honing critical thinking are mutually appreciated by both students and preceptors.

Precepting for DSU also includes the following benefits: 

  • 20% tuition discount on DNP, MBA, or Post-Master’s Certification courses taken at DeSales University (subject to conditions).

  • A DeSales University e-mail account to access the online learning environment of the clinical student

  • Remote and live access to Trexler library resources, databases, and DeSales University learning technology platforms

  • A DeSales University bookstore discount of 10% on items purchased during the year

  • Two tickets to both the Furphy and Marcon lectures, held on the DeSales University campus each fall and spring (respectively)

  • Two tickets to a Department of Theater or Dance performance of your choosing, including the renowned Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival plays

  • Courtesy clinical faculty appointment

  • Collegial relationships with DSU graduate nursing faculty


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