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Clinical Instructor/Preceptor Certificate Program

Would you like to expand your abilities as a clinical instructor or preceptor? This asynchronous, online program is designed to help both clinical instructors and preceptors understand the full scope of their role.

With the extraordinary effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the higher education learning environment and health care employers, many participants may have concerns about the changes that occurred and their potential effects. Participants will discuss how to address many students’ concerns for learning in a virtual environment and help new-to-practice nurses gain confidence even if direct patient care interactions were experienced through innovative simulated activities.

This program will also emphasize the importance of how a variety of patient and community experiences are integral to learning. Together participants explore how to manage the challenges that arise with student/new employee clinical performance, changes in patient status, and the value of teaching interprofessional collaboration.

The 2023 session is full.

Registration for 2024 will be available soon!


Participants are provided with information and resources to enhance their effectiveness in the role, and they are expected to engage in online discussions about the topics at hand by raising questions, sharing experiences, voicing concerns and challenges. Through this format, participants learn from one another, as well as from program faculty.


  1. Clinical Education in Nursing: WHY, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN and WHO
  2. Current Trends & Innovative Models of Clinical Education in Nursing
  3. Role of the Clinical Instructor
  4. Organizing and Managing the Clinical Day
  5. Making Patient Assignments
  6. Evaluating Clinical Performance
  7. Creating Effective Education/Practice Partnerships that Enhance Clinical Learning Experiences
  8. Dealing with the Challenges of and Issues Related to Clinical Teaching
 April 4 - May 27, 2023 Asynchronous Sessions
Price:  $449.00
Location:  Virtual
Faculty:   Susan K. Meyers, PhD, RNC, CRNP joined the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing in 2015 and brings with her a wealth of knowledge in Maternal and Newborn Nursing and extensive knowledge with 20 years' experience in nursing education, teaching as a Clinical Nurse Education Specialist, Adjunct Faculty and Assistant Professor. She earned her BSN from Villanova University, MSN from University of Pennsylvania, and PhD in Nursing from Villanova University. Dr. Meyers teaches Nursing Care of Childbearing Women and Families in the classroom to undergraduate nursing students and teaches practica in the Penn Health System in Philadelphia Pa. She is also a Certified Breast-Feeding Educator, Certified Diabetes Educator, maintains a Neonatal Advanced Life Support Instructor certification and is a Certified Register Nurse Practitioner. She has co-authored a textbook chapter, has received awards for clinical leadership and excellence, and served on various committees throughout her career.  

Access to the internet is required. This program includes the following for each of the 8 learning modules: a recorded lecture (up to 1 hr. in length), 5 assessment questions, and a discussion forum. Each participant will be expected to spend 2 hours each week reading relevant resources, sharing ideas in response to questions posed, and reading and responding to other participants' posts. Discussions will be monitored by program faculty. The 8 learning modules will be offered over an 8-week period to allow for reading, reflecting, and applying what has been taught.

Participants who complete all eight modules and pass each set of assessment questions with a score of 80% or better will be awarded a certificate and 16 contact hours.