Clinical Education: The Role of the Student, Faculty, and Preceptor

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The most exciting part of any nurse practitioner (NP) program is when the time comes to start clinical experiences. At minimum, 500 hours spent in supervised practice in the clinical setting are required for graduation and the certification examination. The American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC, 2021) requires 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours to take the certification exam, whereas the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN, 2006) requires a total of 1,000 faculty-supervised clinical/practice hours for the nurse practitioner student graduating Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). Therefore, students in a DNP program that are postmasters and are already certified as an NP still must complete 500 faculty-supervised clinical/practice hours. This chapter will first discuss traditional clinical education in a nurse practitioner program (master’s NP program and post-BSN DNP program). Later, clinical education for the NP in a DNP program will be discussed.


Chapter 9 in Role Development for the Nurse Practitioner, 3rd ed.

ISBN 9781284234305 (paperback); 9781284238617 (ebook)

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