Clinical Preceptor Program | Briar Cliff University

Become a Clinical Preceptor

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Help shape the next generation of health care providers.

Preceptors are needed to facilitate the education of Briar Cliff students enrolled in our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) nurse practitioner programs.

Preceptor Responsibilities

Preceptors act as role models, helping our students strengthen their skills in performing assessments, diagnosis and treatment of diverse patients across the lifespan and in a variety of settings. Preceptors provide opportunities for students to interact with other health professionals and learn necessary communication and organizational skills that prepare them for practice. Preceptors assist with the evaluation of student attainment of established competencies.

Preceptor Benefits

Sharing clinical knowledge and skills with the next generation of advanced practice nurses can be both personally and professional rewarding. Our graduate nursing students are dedicated and enthusiastic learns, with a passion for helping people and making a difference in the Siouxland community. Some of the benefits for becoming a BCU preceptor include:

  • Appointment as Adjunct Clinical instructor (ACI): ACIs receive access to cultural competence training and Spanish for Health Professionals courses, preceptor training and other continuing education opportunities.
  • Access to BCU’s Bishop Mueller Library: The library offers access to more than 200,000 volumes in its physical and digital collections and subscriber access to 20-plus scholarly databases. It is a member of Iowa Open Access. There is also access to UpToDate, an online clinical information database.
  • Credit toward recertification (ANCC & AANP in 2017)
  • Streamlined communication with clinical coordinator
  • Training program for clinical preceptors

Preceptor Qualifications

Health professionals with the following credentials are qualified to precept BCU graduate nursing students:

  • Nurse practitioners, medical doctors and physician assistants
  • Active license in state of practice
  • Board certification in area of specialty
  • Two years of practice in current or similar practice site(s)
  • Strong desire to teach and learn


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