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

A new, updated Essential Competencies of Preceptors:  A Focus on Working with Nursing Students will be launched in fall 2018.  Nurses who complete the seven-module, self-paced education activity may receive 8 CE credits.

If you wish to receive CE for the current Essential Competencies of Preceptors:  A Focus on Working with Nursing Students, you must complete all seven modules and evaluation by August 31, 2018.  After this date, CE is no longer available until the new version becomes available.

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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