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Preceptor Interest Form

Fall 2024 Preceptors Needed!

Preceptors Needed for Family Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Primary Care students. If you are able to help or know of someone who may be interested in precepting, please contact Leslie Sharpe, FNP lead faculty, at, or submit our preceptor interest form. The fall rotation will run from late August through the first week of December.

Preceptor Interest Form

Help prepare future Carolina Nurses by becoming a preceptor!

Preceptors are critical members of our teaching team. We invite you to share your expertise, enthusiasm and joy for teaching with our students by becoming a Carolina Nursing preceptor. We value the contributions of time and expertise provided by preceptors in the education of our students. The partnership between nursing school faculty, preceptors, and students is essential for educating the next generation of BSN, MSN, and DNP nurses.

Preceptor Interest Form

Interested in serving as a preceptor?

If you are able to help or know of someone who may be interested in precepting, please contact Leslie Sharpe, FNP lead faculty, at, or submit our preceptor interest form.

Preceptor Interest Form

About Precepting

Eligibility and Requirements +

All students are required to complete 120 clinical hours with a NP, MD, or PA preceptor.

Students are in classes on Wednesdays, however, are available for clinical experiences on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Benefits +

While the School of Nursing does not provide monetary payment to preceptors, there are many benefits of precepting:

  1. 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 NC
      • 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 NC
  2. Access to the AHEC Digital Library and the electronic resources at the UNC-Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library
  3. 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
  4. Invitation to apply for membership to the Alpha Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society as a Nurse Leader.
  5. Potential Adjunct Faculty appointment at the School of Nursing

Preceptor Development +

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:

Unergraduate +

NURS494: Community Health Nursing for the Public’s Health (RN to MSN Nursing Program)

This course prepares RN students for population-focused practice in community health nursing. Analyses and applications of selected theories, and health promotion/protection and disease prevention strategies are emphasized.

Graduate +

Clinical Programs

The current advanced practice areas in the graduate program include adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, health care leadership/administration, pediatric nurse practitioner-primary care, family nurse practitioner, and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. In the nurse practitioner options, students complete a minimum of 500 clinical hours with a preceptor. The majority of clinical settings for nurse practitioner students are in primary care but may include outpatient specialty settings.

For information pertinent about our graduate practice programs, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are clinical placements arranged?
Typically, the Lead Faculty in an advanced practice area will facilitate contacts to sites/preceptors to request a clinical placement. Less often, it might be a student or course coordinator making the initial contact. After a clinician has agreed to precept, the school’s contracts administrator will work with the clinic, arranging all of the administrative details, including contracts and Health and Safety requirements.

What is expected of a preceptor?
Preceptors provide our students the opportunities to obtain real-life, hands-on primary care experiences while providing guidance and clinical expertise. We also expect preceptors to let us know when they have any questions or concerns. Preceptors can include MDs, NPs, CNMs or DOs. While students may work with more than one clinician; in general, students should be paired with a primary preceptor who can monitor the student’s progress over the course of the semester.

What is the time commitment?
Most clinical courses consist of 120 hours over a 15 week semester. For example, in the fall semester a student will need to be with the preceptor for 8 hours/week for 15 weeks. There is flexibility in the students’ schedules; this allows the preceptor to identify preferred days and/or days of the week that he/she is unavailable.

What should I expect from the NP student?
The course coordinator will provide information on course specific expectations. In general, before a student’s first clinical placement, he/she has had an opportunity in the classroom and lab to learn advanced comprehensive assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills and knowledge and skills in prevention and management of common health issues. In order for the student to practice these skills in the clinical setting, the student should quickly begin working with patients on his/her own. When you assign patients to students, first ascertain to your satisfaction the student’s level of clinical performance relative to the demands of your practice. The student is always expected to confirm all findings, diagnoses and treatment plans with you before the patient leaves your office or facility.

Will I have contact with any faculty during the student’s clinical rotation?
Prior to the start of the clinical rotation, the course coordinator will provide you with the course objectives. For each clinical course, a student is assigned a clinical faculty. The faculty will make at least one site visit. The goals of this site visit are to follow the student in his/her clinical activities and, with patient permission, observe the student providing care for one or more patients. During a visit faculty do not provide any care or act as a provider in any manner. The faculty will meet with the preceptor and student to discuss the student’s progress in clinical and identify any areas where the student may need help or guidance. Please know that faculty are available to assist you with any student questions that arise about the NP program or the student. Feel free to contact the graduate clinical site coordinator, the course coordinator or the student’s clinical faculty with any questions and concerns.

How are students evaluated during their clinical rotation?
In addition to the evaluation of the clinical faculty at the site visit, preceptors have on-going opportunities for informal assessment of student performance. In addition to this on-going assessment, the preceptor will provide a formal assessment at mid-point and at the semester’s end. Final assessment includes written evaluation on a course-provided document.


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We are always appreciative of comments and suggestions from our students and preceptors. Please use the form below or email Leslie Sharpe, FNP lead faculty, at

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