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Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing

College of Health Sciences

Precepting DNP Students
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Last updated 1/27/2017

Select a Question:

  1. How will the program communicate with me?

  2. What should I do if I have concerns about the NP program or the student I am precepting?

  3. What should I expect from NP students?

  4. What if a student incurs an injury while doing clinical with me?

  5. I've agreed to precept an NP student but am wondering whether other providers in my practice/agency can also precept the student?

  6. I see patients in more than one clinical location (e.g., clinic, nursing home, hospital). May FNP students accompany me to these other locations?

  7. How are students evaluated during their clinical rotations?

  8. How many students can I precept at a time?

  9. Once I agree to precept an FNP student, am I obligated to precept students every semester?

  10. How can I learn more about precepting students?

  11. How do I find more information about the program?


1. How will the program communicate with me?

  • Initially, either an NP student or a member of our NP faculty will contact you to discuss your willingness to precept a student.

  • If interested, you will be contacted again to ensure that a clinical contract is in place between your agency and UW and that we have a current preceptor qualification form on file for you.

  • The NP student will then contact you to arrange an initial meeting date, at which the two of you can set up a clinical schedule.

  • Approximately 40 hours through the student’s rotation, a DNP faculty member will contact you to obtain an informal assessment of the student’s performance.

  • The faculty member will then contact you again, approximately halfway through the student’s rotation for a midway assessment.

  • Finally, the clinical instructor (or other affiliated instructor) will perform a site visit with the student at your agency toward the end of the student’s rotation. During this visit, the instructor will observe the student seeing a few patients in your agency and will talk to you about the student’s performance.

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2. What should I do if I have concerns about the NP program or the student I am precepting?

If you have any concerns about the program or a student’s performance, please contact:

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3. What should I expect from NP students?

NP students should demonstrate professionalism. NP students are all licensed RNs and should observe professional norms related to patient confidentiality, respect, and documentation. Students should also be timely, neatly groomed, and prepared for clinical in terms of having adequate resources and knowledge. Although students are not expected to know everything on day one, they are expected to be accountable for their own learning needs and to research unfamiliar diagnoses, treatments, etc. as they are encountered.

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4. What if a student incurs an injury while doing clinical with me?

All NP students are covered under UW’s Worker’s Compensation policy. Students who incur clinical-related injuries should be advised to follow the policy in the MS Graduate Student Handbook.

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5. I've agreed to precept an NP student but am wondering whether other providers in my practice/agency can also precept the student?

Yes, licensed NPs, physicians (MDs & DOs), and physician assistants (PAs) may precept FNP students. However, NP faculty must approve every preceptor before he/she spends any time with a student. If you have agreed to precept a student and believe that students may be spending time with other providers in your agency, please have these providers complete and return a Preceptor Qualification Form, which is available from www.uwyo.edu/nursing (see “Preceptor Info” on the left hand menu). Or contact the graduate nursing office at gradnurse@uwyo.edu or 307-766-6568.

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6. I see patients in more than one clinical location (e.g., clinic, nursing home, hospital). May FNP students accompany me to these other locations?

Perhaps - there are 2 main issues to consider:
1) Our program prepares FNP students for roles in outpatient primary care settings, and our students receive no classroom education related to inpatient care. Thus we do not encourage clinical experiences outside the
scope of outpatient primary care.
2) There must be a contract between each clinical agency and UW. Sometimes an alternate clinical location is covered under an agency with which UW has a contract, so no new contract is needed. Other times, a new
contract must be sought. Figuring out the “contract” end of things can be complex, so please discuss with the graduate nursing office: gradnurse@uwyo.edu; 307-766-6568.

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7. How are students evaluated during their clinical rotations?

NP students are evaluated during their clinical rotations in a variety of ways. Faculty members perform on-site clinical site visits to discuss student performance with preceptors and to observe students interacting with patients. Faculty members also evaluate students on campus through simulated clinical experiences (e.g., standardized patients). Although NP faculty rely heavily on preceptor feedback regarding NP student performance, NP faculty members are ultimately responsible for evaluating students regarding specific clinical competencies. We do ask preceptors to complete an evaluation form for the NP student they are precepting. At the end of the student’s clinical rotation, the UW clinical coordinator will provide you with a secure web address, which allows you to submit the evaluation electronically.

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8. How many students can I precept at a time?

According to our national guidelines, a preceptor may only precept one NP student when the preceptor is also seeing patients and up to two NP students if the preceptor is not also seeing patients. In general, we try to place only one student with a preceptor at a time and will discuss this issue with you further if two students are ever placed with you.

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9. Once I agree to precept an FNP student, am I obligated to precept students every semester?

No! We recognize that precepting is time and energy intensive and do not expect you to precept students every semester. Please let us know when and how often you are interested in precepting NP students. Also, let us know if and when you need a break!

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10. How can I learn more about precepting students?

[Our website contains several interesting educational modules related to precepting. To access these modules, visit www.uwyo.edu/nursing. Click on “Preceptor Info” on the left hand menu.-  these modules are being reviewed, reworked, and currently inaccessible. Please check back.]

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11. How do I find more information about the program?

  • Visit the school web page at www.uwyo.edu/nursing

  • Click on "Programs" in the left-hand column and select "Doctor of Nursing Practice"

  • Also click on "Preceptor Info" in the left column of the school's home page to find information specifically related to precepting

  • For additional information:

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Page updated 1/27/2017



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