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In Fall of 2022, The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded the Western University of Health Sciences College of Graduate Nursing (CGN) a federal grant to create and deliver the Western University Faculty Academy for Region 9 (WU-FAR9), a formal nurse education training curriculum used to train clinical nursing faculty and preceptors. CGN partnered with the Benner Institute at HealthImpact, Inc. and San Antonio Regional Hospital (Upland, CA) to provide the Benner Institute Clinical Faculty and Educator (CFE) Certificate Program for FREE across Public Health Region 9. The WU-FAR9 will run from 2023 through 2026.


What is the Benner Institute Clinical Faculty and Educator (CFE) Certificate Program?

HealthImpact, the California nursing workforce and policy center, collaborated with nursing theorist Dr. Patricia Benner to create the Benner Institute for Teaching and Learning at HealthImpact. According to the Carnegie Report, Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation by Dr. Benner and colleagues, nursing education must undergo essential changes to transform nursing education.

The Benner Institute offers the Clinical Faculty and Educator (CF/E) Certificate Program, intending to equip clinical faculty in academia and clinical educators. The CF/E series, co-created with Dr. Benner, will help participants integrate the latest neuro and learning sciences into clinical education. Participants will acquire the theory, tools, and skills necessary to develop their teaching practice. The CF/E Certificate Program spans 6-classes; each class is delivered over a 4-hour Zoom.

When will it be offered?

The CF/E Certificate Program will be offered approximately 8 times per year. Classes are limited. View our schedule and form your QUAD to get the seats you want.

How can I sign up?

Registrations will open in early 2023. In order for a pre-licensure RN program to register, the pre-licensure program must have all four (4) attendees be able to attend the same cohort.

Will I get continuing education hours?

Yes, the course is approved for 30 continuing education hours.

What else does WU-FAR9 Offer?

Stay tuned. More offerings are in the works. We will share information when it is available.

First-year MSN-E students participate in a midterm competencies and skills evealuation for Fall 2022. Jeremy Magana, RN, MSN, keeps a watchful eye on students Kaitlyn Parrish and Vy Nguyen.

Who is eligible to attend?

Each pre-licensure RN program in California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands will be able to send four (4) attendees: two (2) clinical faculty and two (2) clinical educators from clinical provider organizations/agencies. We call this unique alignment between your university-based educators and your clinical educators from your partnering organizations a QUAD. The QUAD moves through all 6 modules together to maximize engagement and learning.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Should Program Directors attend?

    The information is beneficial to all. WU-FAR believes that clinical faculty would benefit your program and bring the greatest value. As Director/Dean, you have final approval of who represents your program.

  • What if I don’t have a clinical partner but have willing faculty?

    WU-FAR9 would ask that you again reach out and find individuals from your clinical site. The program was designed to benefit clinical faculty and those who encounter your students in the clinical agency. If you cannot meet the current dates, there will be other course dates. Please continue to check this webpage for additional dates.

  • Are there extra costs or hidden costs?

    Through generous support from HRSA, the individuals you select are offered virtual attendance at no cost. Your individuals will not be asked to pay additional fees for the CEU certificate.

  • What if I have more than 2 faculty who would benefit from this program?

    Please email for guidance.

  • I have my QUAD, how do I complete the registration process?

    Once you selected your cohort date, please contact Your QUAD will be provided a registration code for the program.

  • Since this is an HRSA grant, what outcome data will you need from the QUAD?

    QUAD participants will complete a registration form that captures demographic information. That information will be reported in aggregate on annual reports.

  • Are there other learning opportunities?

    In years 2-4 of the grant, WU-FAR9 will host two regional in-person, train-the-trainer meetings. These meetings are intended for graduates of the CFE program to learn how to be a facilitator of the program within their nursing program and clinical agencies. Watch for these announcements. The meetings will occur within each of the states in Region 9.

  • Get more information

    E-mail our team at and we will get in touch with you to schedule time to visit.
    E-mail is preferred. If you would like to call and leave a message, 408-913-5754.

  • Acknowledgment

    The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) supports WU FAR9 through Grant # 1 T1QHP47320 – 01- 00

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