Join Us as a Baylor Preceptor

Join Us as a Baylor Preceptor

Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) Online is in search of doctors, nurse practitioners and nurses whose discipline may include family practice, women's health, pediatrics, adult gerontology, psychiatric-mental health, med-surg, among other medical practices. 

Preceptors are valuable healthcare providers who share their experience and help mentor nursing students by providing real-world learning opportunities and experiences in a clinical setting. Additionally, preceptors are not bound by geography - you can be located anywhere in the United States.

As a Baylor preceptor, you will be working with nursing students that have been educated at the highest level of academic excellence. Additionally, you will help advance the careers of nursing professionals and give back to the profession in which you yourself received mentorship. In fact, many preceptors find great pride in giving back to the profession in which they work.

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Help shape the next generation of nurses

At Baylor University, we are committed to the ideals of servant leadership and have made it our mission to educate nurses for worldwide leadership. During the last 111 years, LHSON has educated more than 6,000 graduates who are academically and personally prepared for leadership as a nursing professional. Our students are dedicated to their profession and pursue nursing excellence at the highest level.

At the heart of our school is an exceptional faculty, each and every one of whom is committed to the success of our students. As a preceptor, you will also help play a role in the success of Baylor nurses and are considered a vital component in their future in the nursing field.

Why become a preceptor?

Nurses and doctors become preceptors for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the most common is the opportunity to share their expertise with nursing students and witnessing their professional development in their own clinical settings. Baylor nurses are educated at the highest level and are committed to excellence in caring for the patients you serve.

Benefits of becoming a preceptor include:

  • Helping educate students is a way to train the next generation of nurses and pay forward the experience you had with your preceptor.
  • Being a preceptor strengthens your own knowledge and reinforces your own experience.
  • Baylor nursing students are highly educated, driven and are taught the most current nursing practices. Many times, they can share their own knowledge they have learned at Baylor.     

As a preceptor, you have the opportunity to give back to the field of healthcare, assist in creating change and help to inform the next generation of nurses.

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:

Preceptors Needed For:

The post-baccalaureate accelerated BSN program at Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing is an intensive full-time program with a combination of teaching methodologies including online courses, clinical and lab experiences, and hybrid interactive learning courses. Students with a completed bachelor's degree in a non-nursing discipline will complete 62 hours of nursing coursework and will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain clinical experience working with underserved communities
  • Benefit from strong academics and a well-earned reputation
  • Learn nursing through a Christian worldview
  • Change your life and the lives of others

With an emphasis on the elements of professional nursing, the curriculum provides a detailed study of foundations, process, and standards. Preceptors have the opportunity to support students for up to 720 clinical rotations hours.

NUR 3212 - Professional Development: Foundations for Practice

This course introduces the role of the professional nurse as a member of the interprofessional healthcare team through concepts such as the nursing process, standards of practice, and the philosophy of nursing from a current and historical perspective. Critical thinking, therapeutic communication, and caring are also introduced as tools to enhance the nurse-patient relationship.

NUR 3330 - Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice

An introduction to the concepts of professional nursing practice, emphasizing the establishment of the nurse-patient relationship, application of the nursing process, and development of psychomotor skills.

NUR 4338 - Analysis and Synthesis of Complex Human Needs

This course provides a critical analysis of individuals with multiple and complex problems a
nd the effects of those problems on families and groups. A case-study/discussion format will be used to integrate physiological and spiritual needs across levels of care and across the lifespan.

The online DNP-FNP program track focuses on developing nurses as holistic caregivers through an advanced curriculum that includes an in-depth study of pathophysiology, assessment, informatics, pharmacology, healthcare policy and business, ethics, epidemiology and servant leadership. Preceptors have the opportunity to support students for up to 1,125 clinical rotations hours.

NUR 5211 - Servant Leadership

Graduate-level standing. Application of nursing leadership theories and models in the delivery of advanced practice nursing care to culturally diverse clients (individuals, families, organizations, and global society).

NURS 5316 - Transforming Health Care Organizations and Changing Outcomes

This course examines key factors used to assess complex health care organizations. Identification of optimal outcomes and development and implementation strategies that improve patient care quality and safety will be examined.

NUR 5356 - Family Healthcare Management II

Prepares the Family Nurse Practitioner to assume continued responsibility for evaluation and management of acute common and increasingly complex problems in primary care. A systematic approach to current evidence-based assessment, diagnostic testing, diagnosis, and management options is taught from a primary care perspective. Indications for collaboration, consultation, and/or referral to other health care providers are emphasized as an integral part of the nurse practitioner’s role.

The program focuses on high-risk neonates and their families through a curriculum that delivers in-depth knowledge of neonatal nursing theory, assessment, research utilization, critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning, patient management, program planning and systems management. Preceptors have the opportunity to support students for up to 1,125 clinical rotations hours.

NUR 5360 - Embryology and Developmental Physiology

This course is designed to provide the student with a greater depth of understanding of developmental physiology of the fetus and neonate. Principles of growth and development, physiologic maturation of organ systems, birth physiology, and transition to extrauterine life through early infancy will be covered. Adaptation of physiologic stress and alterations from normal will also be addressed.

NUR 5365 - Advanced Neonatal Nursing Management I: High-Risk & Critically Ill Newborns/Infants

Theoretical and practical knowledge needed for advanced practice neonatal nurses (APNN) to manage the health care needs of culturally diverse newborns/infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICU). Content focuses on stabilization, management and evaluation of high-risk and critically ill newborns/infants and their families. Responsibilities of the APNN in perinatal-neonatal health care policy and delivery systems management are also emphasized.

NUR 6300 - Post NICU Graduate

This course provides an overview of the care of the NICU graduate: the infant after NICU discharge through two years of life. The course focuses on parent and family transitions, the care of infants post-discharge, growth and development, immunizations, wellness visits, acute care visits, special considerations for those with long-term complications, and consulting services.

Emphasizing women-focused healthcare services, the curriculum provides a detailed study of birthing, gynecological, and preventive care. Preceptors have the opportunity to support students for up to 1,125 clinical rotations hours.

NUR 5140 - Professional Issues and History of Nurse-Midwives

The role and image of, and misconceptions about, the nurse-midwife in contemporary society are explored. The historic, political, social, and economic bases of nurse-midwifery practice are examined. Students become familiar with the role of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) in professional practice and resources available through the ACNM, as well as regulations and legislation which guide, interpret, and provide a legal and ethical base for future nurse-midwifery practice.

NUR 5346 - Nurse-Midwifery IV: High Risk Family

This course focuses on application of the Nurse-Midwifery process to the care of mothers and newborns with complications. The goal of this course is to further develop the roles and responsibilities of the health care provider in caring for women and families who have high risk situations or conditions.

NUR 5344 - NM III: Care of the Childbearing Family

This course focuses on application of the Nurse-Midwifery process for the care of healthy women during childbirth and the newborn.

Preceptor FAQs:

What is a preceptor?

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

What are the criteria for a physician to become a preceptor?
  • Unencumbered license to practice medicine in the state where the preceptorship will take place
  • Engaged in an active practice directly affiliated with the rotation
  • Committed to providing quality patient encounters
What are the criteria for a nurse practitioner to become a preceptor?
  • Unencumbered license to practice as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (A.P.R.N.) 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 A.P.R.N.
  • Functioning as an advanced practice nurse in a primary care or approved specialty practice setting
  • Committed to providing quality patient encounters
How do preceptors evaluate students?

Preceptors have opportunities for immediate feedback as well as a more formal assessment of student performance in the form of evaluations.

What is the time commitment?

The time commitment varies by program and by rotation.