Preceptor FAQs

What are the requirements for precepting a student?

Preceptors must have at least one year of experience in their population-focused field and have the capacity to mentor students for 2-3 days each week, with some flexibility in scheduling.

Once I meet the preceptor requirements, what is the next step in the process?
  • Each site must fill out an Affiliation Agreement and it must be finalized by the site and the College of Nursing
  • Provide a copy of your CV, resume, or complete our Ohio State College of Nursing Graduate Preceptor Data Form
  • You will be assigned a designated clinical faculty member as your point of contact for the semester based on your specialty certification and practice.
I have never precepted before. What will it be like?

Precepting students is similar to precepting new employees. However, because students are still learning they will not have the competencies and self-assurance of a new nurse practitioner. Students will need guidance, direction, mentorship and support, especially in the beginning. Click here (link to resources page) to be connected to our resources for new or interested preceptors.

If I agree to precept a student can they only get their hours with me?

Yes, if you would like them to do so! The student can also complete hours with a variety of providers (i.e., physician, physician assistants or nurse practitioners) in your practice during the semester. Prior to sharing preceptor responsibilities, please contact the placement office and  your designated clinical faculty member, as we have the same requirements of all preceptors. In addition, students can be placed in more than one clinical setting. You can discuss the hours that you are available for precepting prior to agreeing to mentor a student.

Will I have to evaluate the students I precept?

Preceptors are asked to continuously and honestly evaluate the student throughout the semester. Students are in the clinical setting to learn and are not expected to have the highest marks within every evaluation period. The evaluation is used to determine weaknesses and strengths so the clinical instructor and preceptor can work together to ensure that the student is progressing as intended.  Assessing clinical competency is a shared responsibility with clinical faculty.

Can I contact the College of Nursing if I have any questions, concerns or issues while precepting a student?

Yes! We want to help and support you in your role as a preceptor and you may call us at any time. If you find a student is having difficulty, would like to discuss student progress, need to have a difficult discussion, or just have a question or concern, please contact your assigned clinical faculty member.

How much can a student be involved in patient care, treatment and procedures?

A list of course and clinical objectives will be provided to you prior so that you are able to guide student clinical experiences. Our preference is for graduate nursing students to be involved with all aspects of patient care; while observation is important, clinical skills and abilities are learned best in environments that allow students the opportunities to provide hands-on assessments. Level of involvement should occur with the preceptor’s input and judgement. By the time the student has completed all clinical hours for the clinical program, he or she should be able to conduct appropriate, clinically sound patient care consistent with a novice in practice.

Can I earn Continuing Education credits for precepting?

Yes, you can earn Continuing Education credits (CEs) by precepting students, click here to view our CE offerings. Check your specialty renewal certification requirements. Many count hours of student precepting toward renewal requirements. Preceptors are sent verification of the clinical hours spent with students at the completion of the semester.