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Enhance the education of aspiring advanced practice nurses while furthering the nursing profession.

Become a preceptor for the accredited online graduate nursing programs at Carson-Newman University. We're seeking advanced practice nurse and physician preceptors from across the country in a variety of disciplines, including:

  • Family and Internal Medicine

  • Women’s health

  • Pediatrics

  • General Practitioners

One of the many advantages of distance learning programs is that students can study the didactic portion of their coursework online from wherever they live. Once the student is prepared to enter the clinical portion of the curriculum, we look locally in their community for the appropriate sites that will meet their requirements.


Contribute to Exceptional Graduate Nursing Education

Carson-Newman University combines faith and learning to transform nursing students into more empowered and autonomous caregivers. Our evidence-based online graduate nursing programs build critical thinking, advance clinical competence, and educate nurses to effectively treat patients with the highest quality of care. Students learn from an experienced faculty of nurse educators who are active nurse practitioners in their communities.

We are committed to fostering supportive and personalized learning experiences. That’s why preceptors are considered an extension of our team. As a preceptor, you’ll play an essential role in educating future nurse practitioners.

Why Become a Preceptor?

Precepting is your opportunity to shape a new generation of nurses, influence real change in health care, and give back to the profession. Carson-Newman University students are educated at the highest level of academic excellence, so you can trust them to provide exceptional care for your patients.

The benefits of precepting include:

  • Helping nurses achieve professional growth — Share your valuable knowledge and expertise as you guide students through real-life learning opportunities.

  • Reinforcing and strengthening your knowledge — Students learn current clinical best practices, so knowledge-sharing is often a two-way street.

  • Enjoying the satisfaction of “paying it forward” — Give back to the profession in which you received mentorship when you were a student.

Carson-Newman University is in search of preceptors for the following programs:


Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner

The accredited online MSN-FNP program has been nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Online Master's Nursing Program (2020). Students develop the knowledge and skills to become holistic and confident FNPs or advanced practice nurses. Preceptors may support students for up to 600 clinical rotation hours.

Online Post-Master’s Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner

The accredited online PMC-FNP program is uniquely designed for MSN-prepared RNs who wish to earn their FNP licensure. The program takes a holistic approach to nursing, preparing graduates to influence and improve the health of individuals, families, and entire communities. Preceptors may support students for up to 480 clinical rotation hours.

FNP Curriculum

NURS 501 - Advanced Pathophysiology, 3 credit hours
Presentation and in-depth analysis of normal physiologic and pathological mechanisms of disease as related to the provision and management of client care at the advanced level.

Contact Us

Your support of our students and programs is greatly appreciated. If you or someone you know may be interested in precepting, please contact

Preceptor FAQs

See below for frequently asked questions about being a preceptor.

A preceptor is an experienced and licensed practitioner who provides professional instruction and supervision during clinical practice, and facilitates the application of theory to practice for nursing students.

  • Unencumbered license to practice medicine in the state where the preceptorship will take place.
  • Engaged in an active practice directly affiliated with the rotation.
  • Unencumbered license to practice as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in the state of practice.
  • Eligible to practice in an advanced practice role as deemed appropriate by the state’s Board of Nursing.
  • Board-certified as a Nurse Practitioner or APRN.
  • Functioning as an advanced practice nurse in a primary care or approved specialty practice setting.

Preceptors have the opportunity to provide immediate feedback and a more formal assessment of student performance in the form of written evaluations.

The time commitment varies by program and clinical rotation.

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