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Nurse Preceptor Certificate Program

Western University of Health Sciences along with the Benner Institute at HealthImpact, and San Antonio Regional Hospital have received a HRSA grant to invite clinical faculty, clinical educators, and a select number of preceptors to participate in the Benner Institute Nurse Preceptor Certificate Program for FREE across Public Health Region 9.

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.
  • What is the Benner Institute Nurse Preceptor Certificate Program?

    The Nurse Preceptor Certificate Program utilizes research on teaching and learning, skill acquisition, and clinical reasoning. The implications for teaching and learning for the Novice, Advanced Beginner, Competent, and Proficient levels in the Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition will be presented. The program applies universal apprenticeships for any practice discipline—the Cognitive Apprenticeship, the Practice Apprenticeship, and the Ethical Comportment and Formation Apprenticeship, to organize the course content. A distinction is made between the mere application of technical knowledge and the productive use of knowledge in actual clinical practice (a higher-order form of situated thinking). Preceptor pedagogies for success include situated coaching, clinical scenarios, and debriefing skills. Canvas™ houses the virtual learning classroom, and course content is divided into (4) modules, each with a corresponding synchronous Zoom workshop.

  • When will it be offered?

    The Nurse Preceptor Certificate Program will be offered approximately 6 times per year.

    Enrollment in the program is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Seats are limited.

  • How can I sign up?

    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.

    Enrollment in the program is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Will I get continuing education hours?

    Yes, the Nurse Preceptor course is approved for 20 continuing education hours.

  • The Nurse Preceptor Certificate Program contains four modules:

    • MODULE 1: Intentional Nurse Preceptor
    • MODULE 2: Developing a Practice: Understanding the Foundations of Clinical Reasoning & Learning Sciences
    • MODULE 3: Situated Coaching, Clinical Imagination & Forethought
    • MODULE 4: Forming Clinical & Moral Leadership

    Participants in the program will receive 20 CEU’s.

    Curriculum Schedule

    Each offering is a cohort of 20 individuals representing nursing programs within Region 9.

    Cohort Dates through September 2024:

    Cohort Module 1 Module 2 Module 3 Module 4 Day of Week Time
    Cohort 4 4/22/2024 4/29/2024 5/13/2024 5/20/2024 Monday 2pm – 6pm PST
    Cohort 5 6/10/2024 6/17/2024 6/24/2024 7/1/2024 Monday 2pm – 6pm PST
    Cohort 6 (CLASS FULL) 7/11/2024 7/11/2024 7/12/2024 7/12/2024 Thursday-Friday 8am – 5pm PST
    Cohort 7 (CLASS FULL) 8/24/2024 8/24/2024 8/25/2024 8/25/2024 Saturday-Sunday 8am – 5pm PST
    Cohort 8 9/9/2024 9/16/2024 9/23/2024 9/30/2024 Monday 2pm – 6pm PST