Preceptor, Faculty, and Student Roles and Responsibilities

Setting up a clinical learning experience for students involves the faculty member, the clinical preceptor, and the students.


  • Maintains licensure or certification as appropriate to position.
  • Negotiates dates and times for student clinical experiences and is present or arranges for a qualified substitute.
  • Reviews objectives for clinical experience and determines feasibility of meeting them.
  • Assists student in meeting and modifying clinical learning objectives as needed.
  • Assesses student's learning style and needs in relation to the objectives of the clinical experience.
  • Serves as a host, sponsor, teacher and role model for student at clinical site.
  • Orients student to clinical agency.
  • Selects, with student, clinical experiences appropriate to objectives.
  • Intervenes where appropriate to manage situations beyond the student's ability.
  • Evaluates student's care while providing immediate feedback.
  • Follows organization's policies regarding required documentation.
  • Contacts faculty if there are any problems with student.
  • Evaluates the student verbally and in writing and provides for direction and time for improvement.
  • Meets with student and faculty members prior to the clinical experience.
  • Communicate with faculty about student performance at least once during course, and provides ongoing information about the experience.

Faculty and School

  • Selects clinical learning experiences that match interests, strengths and experiences of both student and preceptor.
  • Negotiate and secure clinical affiliation agreements with the clinical agency. This takes place between the Clinical Coordinator and the Clinic Manager or Education contact at the site.
  • Validates completion of student health requirements, licensure, C.P.R. certification, and criminal background check.
  • Clarifies expectations of the preceptor.
  • Provides preceptor with course outlines, objectives, student assignments and student evaluation forms.
  • Designate one faculty member as having overall responsibility for the student clinical experience.
  • Continue to communicate with clinical preceptors through phone conversation, meeting, and site visits. The frequency may vary.
  • Meets with student and preceptor at least once during student's clinical experience.
  • Is available to preceptor for questions, problems and concerns that may come up during the clinical experience.
  • Provides feedback to both the student and the preceptor.
  • Clarifies course objectives with preceptor and discusses student performance.


  • Develops individual learning objectives for the clinical experience.
  • Completes all clinical and course assignments.
  • Meets with preceptor prior to clinical experience to discuss details and logistics of the clinical experience.
  • Is prepared and punctual in the clinical area on scheduled days and times.
  • Schedules any make-up time at the convenience of preceptor after notifying faculty and preceptor of schedule changes.
  • Participates in ongoing evaluations of self, preceptor and faculty.
  • Maintains client confidentiality.
  • Maintains liability insurance, R.N. licensure, C.P.R. certification and completes all health requirements and background check.