Entry-Level Student Preceptors

The Essential Competencies of Preceptors: A Focus on Working with Nursing Students

This preceptor development program is a seven-module course designed to prepare registered nurses (RNs) to work effectively and safely with undergraduate nursing students in the clinical setting. Nurses who participate in programs that prepare them to work with students report more confidence and comfort in the clinical preceptor role. This translates into enhanced learning experiences for students and satisfying teaching for preceptors.


The following topics are covered in the course: 

  • preceptor roles and responsibilities
  • assessing learner needs and learning styles
  • clinical teaching
  • critical thinking and clinical decision-making
  • legal issues in preceptorships
  • communication and conflict resolution
  • managing learning experiences of culturally and generationally diverse students

Continuing Education (CE) for Nurses

RNs may receive 8 continuing education contact hours after successfully completing this learning activity. Successful completion requires completion of all seven modules and the Evaluation Survey.

At the end of the Evaluation Survey, you may request a certificate awarding 8 contact hours (CEs) with payment of a $45 fee. Within two to three weeks of submitting your request and payment, the UMSON Office of Professional Education will forward the certificate by email.

You may also request a "certificate of completion" without CE, which will also be emailed within two to three weeks. If you have questions, email pe.nursing@umaryland.edu.

The University of Maryland School of Nursing is an accredited provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.  

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