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Preceptors are the stellar role models and committed teachers whom Penn Nursing students depend on to help develop the crucial skills required of them.

Preparing nursing students across all levels of scholarship

Preceptors provide vital translation of classroom, research, and textbook knowledge into tangible skills that prepare nursing students across all levels of scholarship for advanced practice, administration, and clinical care. Hallmarks of a superb preceptor include: practice excellence, commitment to improving outcomes for patients and families, and demonstration of the highest levels of professionalism.

Benefits of Precepting

Although mentoring adds to the many challenges faced by preceptors there are also many benefits. Penn Nursing students are eager to give back and our clinical faculty are dedicated partners working to ensure that students make a meaningful contribution while gaining the crucial skills they require. 

Some benefits of precepting include:

  • Certification renewal
  • Appointment to Clinical Associate (an annual process)
  • Online access to Penn Bio-Medical Library Resources including text books (see Access Medicine Tab for texts); must be a clinical associate with PennKey access
  • Recognition for service at the Annual Preceptor Event and obtain CEU’s
  • Annual award, given during the Annual Preceptor Event, recognizing two Preceptors for excellent service to the School of Nursing and to the profession 
  • Access to School of Nursing Lecture Series and Nursing Events
  • Opportunities to provide lectures to the School of Nursing in your area of expertise

Interested in becoming a preceptor?

If you are interested in precepting for Penn Nursing, please provide us with some information on the following form. If you have additional questions, please contact: Alycia Bischof at, or (609) 949-1246. The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing seeks highly qualified clinicians across Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey – and beyond. Your commitment to our students’ education is important, meaningful, and deeply appreciated.

  • Paying It Forward with Precepting

    When Kate Demutis came to Penn Nursing as a graduate student, she was most grateful for the incredible preceptors that helped her transition between school and clinical practice. Today, she is paying it forward. With Penn Nursing being one of the only advanced degree nursing schools in the country to match students with clinical placements and precepting relationships, Kate coordinates those placements and, as testament to the value she found in the program, is a preceptor herself.

  • Preceptors Make the Decision Easy

    Claire Levinson, GNu’16, knows firsthand what helps to make Penn Nursing the number one nursing school in the world. After taking a hiatus from her education, she chose Penn Nursing to complete her degree. And as a recent Family Nurse Practitioner graduate, she is happy to reflect on the School’s unique preceptor program.