Design and outcomes of a nurse practitioner preceptor development program

Donna Hallas, Judith Haber, Babette Biesecker, Erin Hartnett, Robin Toft Klar, Maja Djukic, Susan Apold, Mary Jo Vetter, Adrienne McMillan, Maria Brilliant, Julie A. Baldyga, Ryan Waingortin, Jason Fletcher

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Nurse practitioners (NPs) are educated to provide high-quality patient- and family-centered care to underserved, culturally diverse, medically complex populations. Nurse practitioner faculty plan curricular activities that challenge NP students to critically assess individuals and populations with the goal of preparing NP students to be "practice-ready" upon graduation. Nurse practitioner clinical training occurs in practice settings with NP preceptors, with specific areas of clinical expertise. However, there is a lack of NP clinical preceptors educationally prepared to clinically teach and evaluate NP students. This article presents the design, implementation, evaluation, and outcomes from a 3-year grant funded by the United States Human Resources and Administration Services that featured a web-based Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Preceptor Development Program. Ninety percent of NPs who precepted NP students completed all web-based learning modules. Preceptors with educational preparation via online modules to guide NP student learning in clinical settings are a critical resource for faculty to prepare NP students to be practice-ready upon graduation. This web-based learning platform for online NP preceptor education may be a successful approach for expanding and improving the NP preceptor pool nationwide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1007-1016
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 12 2021


  • Nurse practitioner
  • preceptor development
  • preceptors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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