Preceptors may be nurses, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, executive nurse leaders, and/or physicians who are approved by your faculty and/or clinical placement coordinator. Preceptors must meet the educational and experiential requirements identified for the program. Many have previously served as preceptors for USD nursing students or had appointments at nearby universities. It is important to respect preceptors at all times. They volunteer their time and make an invaluable contribution to student's clinical education.
Clinical mentors are preceptors who "mentor" DNP students with their DNP project experiences. These clinical experts must be advanced practice nurses, physicians, and/or psychologists who are approved by the student's faculty advisor.