Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

The Gardner-Webb Doctor of Nursing Practice helps experienced nurses grow into patient care leadership and expert specialty roles. 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at Gardner-Webb University offers three options designed to meet the needs of nurses seeking expanded roles in their profession:  Leadership (36 credit hours), Family Nurse Practitioner (79 credit hours), and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (81 credit hours). In addition to the three areas of concentrated study, the DNP program offers a post-doctoral certificate option for doctoral prepared nurses who desire to pursue Family Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification. 

The DNP-Leadership option is a 36-semester hour course of study designed to expand leadership development for masters prepared nurses desiring to make significant contributions to improve healthcare outcomes.

The DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) option is a 79-semester hour course of study designed to prepare nurses to provide primary care for diverse populations across the lifespan within a community setting.  A 40-semester hour post-doctoral certificate for Family Nurse Practitioner is offered for students who have completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree but not the coursework required for certification and practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice –Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) option is an 81-semester hour course of study designed to prepare psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners to provide expert knowledge and skills for promoting and facilitation optimal mental health across the lifespan.  A 42-semester hour post-doctoral certificate for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is offered for students who have completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree but not the coursework required for certification and practice as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

HSON faculty assert that scholarly inquiry and critical analysis are essential tools for evaluating evidence and applying research to improve the quality of healthcare outcomes. The course sequences are designed in cohort model with a scaffolding of courses focused on scholarship, appreciative inquiry, theory, professional role development, and courses in the major area of concentration.  All DNP options culminate in an evidence based DNP Project with potential for meaningful impact on advanced nursing practice. 

DNP Program Outcomes 

The DNP program seeks to meet the educational needs of eligible students holding valid license to practice as a registered nurse who desire to pursue doctoral nursing education at a small, private, liberal arts, Christian university.    

The DNP program measures the following outcomes:

A. Graduate no less than 90% of students entering the program within 1.5 times the length of the program.

B. Annual pass rate for all first-time test takers will be at or above the national mean for each exam for the same three-year period.

C. Ninety percent of graduates will:

  1. Express satisfaction with the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program.
  2. Be involved in role-related Professional Practice one year following graduation.
  3. Demonstrate satisfactory nursing practice to their employers (APRN option graduates only).
YearDNP Program OptionCompletion Rate
2016-2017Leadership93%
2017-2018Leadership92%
2018-2019LeadershipPending
2019-2020LeadershipPending
 FNP*N/A
 PMHNP*N/A
2020-2021LeadershipPending
 FNP*N/A
 PMHNP*N/A
*First cohort started Fall 2019 and will graduate first class Spring 2022

DNP Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the DNP program, the graduate will be prepared to:

  1. Synthesize scientific and theoretical knowledge from nursing and other disciplines to implement best practice approaches reflective of the highest level of nursing.
    Essential I: Scientific Underpinnings for Practice
    Essential III: Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice
    NP Core Competency: Scientific Foundation
    NP Core Competency: Practice Inquiry
  2. Collaborate with institutional, local, state, federal, and/or international leaders to make data-driven decisions to improve health care outcomes.
    Essential II: Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking
    Essential IV: Information Systems/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Health Care
    NP Core Competency: Leadership
    NP Core Competency: Quality
    NP Core Competency: Technology and Information Literacy
  3. Lead intra-and inter-professional teams to advocate for and implement policies, which improve individual and population health.
    Essential V: Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care
    Essential VI: Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes
    NP Core Competency: Policy
    NP Core Competency: Health Delivery System
  4. Engage in leadership to integrate evidence-based clinical prevention and health services for individuals and populations.
    Essential VII: Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation’s Health
    NP Core Competency: Ethics
    NP Core Competency: Leadership
  5. Develop and sustain therapeutic and programmatic interventions and partnerships with patients, populations, and professionals, appropriate to advance nursing specialization.
    Essential VIII: Advanced Nursing Practice
    NP Core Competency: Independent Practice

Student learning outcomes for the DNP Program are derived from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (2006).  

DNP Curriculum

Refer to the GWU Academic Catalog for course descriptions.

Admission: Post-Masters
Program: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Specialty: Leadership
Schedule: Full Time Course Sequence
Semester start: Fall Admission

Semester Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
Semester 1
Fall
NURS 802 Human Flourishing & Health Promotion 3
  NURS 804 Health Economics, Policy, & Ethics 3
Semester 2
Spring
NURS 810 Evidence Based Care 3
  NURS 812 Program Planning & Evaluation 3
Semester 3
Summer
NURS 806

Population Health 3
  NURS 850 DNP Project 1 3
Semester 4
Fall
NURS 808 Informatics 3
  NURS 852 DNP Project 2 3
Semester 5
Spring
NURS 814 Leadership & Operations Management 3
  NURS 854 DNP Project 3 3
Semester 6
Summer
NURS 816 Scholarly Teaching & Learning 3
  NURS 856 DNP Project 4 3
TOTAL 36
As Needed NURS 800 Interprofessional Collaboration Practicum 3/td>
  NURS 818 DNP Special Topics 1 to 3
  NURS 858 DNP Project Continuation 3

Full Time Course Rotation

Admission: Post-Baccalaureate
Program: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Track: Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Specialty: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Schedule: 3-year plan
Semester start: Fall Admission

Semester Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Direct Patient Hours
Semester 1
Fall
NURS 750 Advanced Practice Roles 3 0
  NURS 752 Pathophysiology 3 0
  NURS 802 Human Flourishing & Health Promotion 3 0
  NURS 804 Health Economics, Policy, & Ethics 3 0
Semester 2
Spring
NURS 754 Pharmacology 3 0
  NURS 756 Health Assessment 3 0
  NURS 808 Informatics 3 0
  NURS 810 Evidence Based Care 3 0
Semester 3
Summer
NURS 758 Financial Management for APRNs 3 0
  NURS 800 Interprofessional Collaboration Practicum 1 0
  NURS 806 Population Health 3 0
Semester 4
Fall
NURS 760 Primary Care Mgmt. 1 (Common & Acute) 3 0
  NURS 761 Primary Care Mgmt. Practicum 1 3 105
  NURS 812 Program Planning & Evaluation 3 0
Semester 5
Spring
NURS 762 Primary Care Mgmt. 2 (Reproductive) 3 0
  NURS 763 Primary Care Mgmt. Practicum 2 3 105
  NURS 764 Primary Care Diagnostics and Procedures 1 0
  NURS 850 DNP Project 1 3 0
Semester 6
Summer
NURS 765 Primary Care Mgmt. 3 (Chronic & Complex) 3 0
  NURS 766 Primary Care Mgmt. Practicum 3 3 105
  NURS 852 DNP Project 2 3 0
Semester 7
Fall
NURS 767 Primary Care Mgmt. 4 (Pediatrics) 3 0
  NURS 768 Primary Care Mgmt. Practicum 4 3 105
  NURS 854 DNP Project 3 3 0
Semester 8
Spring
NURS 769 Primary Care Mgmt. Clinical Immersion 4 140
  NURS 856 DNP Project 4 3 0
  NURS 770 Transition Into Practice 1 0
  NURS 814 Leadership & Operations Management 3 0
TOTAL 79 560
As Needed NURS 818 DNP Special Topics 1 to 3 Possible
  NURS 858 DNP Project Continuation 3 0

Full Time Course Rotation

Admission: Post-Baccalaureate
Program: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Track: Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Specialty: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
Schedule: 3-year plan
Semester start: Fall Admission

Semester Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Direct Patient Hours
Semester 1
Fall
NURS 750 Advanced Practice Roles 3 0
  NURS 752 Pathophysiology 3 0
  NURS 802 Human Flourishing & Health Promotion 3 0
  NURS 804 Health Economics, Policy, & Ethics 3 0
Semester 2
Spring
NURS 754 Pharmacology 3 0
  NURS 756 Health Assessment 3 0
  NURS 808 Informatics 3 0
  NURS 810 Evidence Based Care 3 0
Semester 3
Summer
NURS 758 Financial Management for APRNs 3 0
  NURS 780 Psychopharmacology 3 0
  NURS 800 Interprofessional Collaboration Practicum 3 0
  NURS 806 Population Health 3 0
Semester 4
Fall
NURS 780 PMH Management 1 3 0
  NURS 781 PMH Management Practicum 1 3 105
  NURS 812 Program Planning & Evaluation 3 0
Semester 5
Spring
NURS 782 PMH Management 2 3 0
  NURS 783 PMH Management Practicum 2 3 105
  NURS 850 DNP Project 1 3 0
Semester 6
Summer
NURS 785 PMH Management 3 3 0
  NURS 786 PMH Management Practicum 3 3 105
  NURS 852 DNP Project 2 3 0
Semester 7
Fall
NURS 787 PMH Management 4 3 0
  NURS 788 PMH Management Practicum 4 3 105
  NURS 854 DNP Project 3 3 0
Semester 8
Spring
NURS 789 PMHNP Mgmt. Clinical Immersion 4 140
  NURS 856 DNP Project 4 3 0
  NURS 770 Transition Into Practice 1 0
  NURS 814 Leadership & Operations Management 3 0
TOTAL 81 560
As Needed NURS 818 DNP Special Topics 1 to 3 Possible
  NURS 858 DNP Project Continuation 3 0

Course Rotation

Admission: Post-Doctoral
Program: Certificate
Track: Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Specialty: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Schedule: Full Time Course Sequence
Semester start: Summer Admission
Start:
Pre/Co-Req:: Must complete NURS 752, 754, and 756 (or equivalents) prior to beginning NURS 760/761

Semester Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Direct Patient Hours
Pre/Co-Req
Spring NURS 752 Pathophysiology 3 0
Spring NURS 754 Pharmacology 3 0
Summer NURS 756 Health Assessment 3 0

Semester 1
Summer
NURS 758 Financial Management for APRNs 3 0
  NURS 800 Interprofessional Collaboration Practicum 1 0
Semester 2
Fall
NURS 750 Advanced Practice Roles 3 0
  NURS 760 Primary Care Mgmt. 1 (Common & Acute) 3 0
  NURS 761 Primary Care Mgmt. Practicum 1 3 105
  NURS 800 Interprofessional Collaboration Practicum 1 0
Semester 3
Spring
NURS 762 Primary Care Mgmt. 2 (Reproductive) 3 0
  NURS 763 Primary Care Mgmt. Practicum 2 3 105
  NURS 764 Primary Care Diagnostics and Procedures 1 0
Semester 4
Summer
NURS 765 Primary Care Mgmt. 3 (Chronic & Complex) 3 0
  NURS 766 Primary Care Mgmt. Practicum 3 3 105
Semester 5
Fall
NURS 767 Primary Care Mgmt. 4 (Pediatrics) 3 0
  NURS 768 Primary Care Mgmt. Practicum 4 3 105
  NURS 802 Human Flourishing & Health Promotion 3 0
Semester 6
Spring
NURS 769 Primary Care Mgmt. Clinical Immersion 4 140
  NURS 770 Transition into Practice 1 0
TOTAL 40 560
As Needed NURS 818 DNP Special Topics 1 to 3 Possible

Course Rotation

Admission: Post-Doctoral
Program: Certificate
Track: Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Specialty: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
Schedule: Full Time Course Sequence
Semester start: Summer Admission
Start:
Pre/Co-Req:: Must complete NURS 752, 754, and 756 (or equivalents) prior to beginning NURS 760/761

Semester Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Direct Patient Hours
Pre/Co-Req
Spring NURS 752 Pathophysiology 3 0
Spring NURS 754 Pharmacology 3 0
Summer NURS 756 Health Assessment 3 0

Semester 1
Summer
NURS 758 Financial Management for APRNs 3 0
  NURS 800 Interprofessional Collaboration Practicum 1 0
Semester 2
Fall
NURS 750 Advanced Practice Roles 3 0
  NURS 781 PMH Management 1 3 0
  NURS 782 PMH Management Practicum 1 3 105
Semester 3
Spring
NURS 783 PMH Management 2 3 0
  NURS 784 PMH Management Practicum 2 3 105
  NURS 780 Psychopharmacology 3 0
Semester 4
Summer
NURS 785 PMH Management 3 3 0
  NURS 786 PMH Management Practicum 3 3 105
Semester 5
Fall
NURS 787 PMH Management 4 3 0
  NURS 788 PMH Management Practicum 4 3 105
  NURS 802 Human Flourishing & Health Promotion 3 0
Semester 6
Spring
NURS 789 PMHNP Mgmt. Clinical Immersion 4 140
  NURS 770 Transition Into Practice 1 0
TOTAL 42 560
As Needed NURS 818 DNP Special Topics 1 to 3 Possible

Practice Hours for the DNP

In order to meet the requirements for the DNP degree, students must complete a minimum of 1,000 practice hours. Hours in practicum experiences completed post-baccalaureate as part of a supervised academic program may be counted toward meeting this requirement.  A minimum of 500 hours must be completed in the DNP project courses.

Preceptor for Practicum Courses

Students without a preceptor and planned start date by the add/drop date for classes on the GWU calendar, will be dropped from courses and not allowed to progress in the program as planned.  Extenuating circumstances will be considered collaboratively by the course professor, Program Coordinator, Clinical Site Specialist, and Chair of Doctoral Nursing Programs.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Programs

The Hunt School of Nursing offers an entry level clinical doctorate for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), the Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP).  Two population foci are offered:  Doctor of Nursing Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP-FNP) and Doctor of Nursing Practice -Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP-PMHNP). 

Both DNP-FNP and DNP-PMHNP programs are offered in a cohort model with fall enrollment.  The courses are delivered with a combination of online and on-campus intensives.  On-campus intensives will be held on the Gardner-Webb University campus in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.

Practicum courses in the DNP-FNP and DNP-PMHNP programs will provide students the opportunity to apply content learned in didactic courses.  DNP-FNP and DNP-PMHNP student practicum experiences are not observation experiences but a participative, direct patient care, experience.  Students are expected to engage in various learning activities at the clinical facility chosen for their practicum experience.  Students must complete the assigned number of practicum hours for each of the following courses for a total of 560 direct patient care practicum hours. 

Students may identify potential preceptors in their geographic area and work with the Hunt School of Nursing Clinical Site Specialist and the Program Chair on establishing new affiliation agreements.  While the HSON will identify practitioners in the immediate and surrounding area that have expressed interest in supervising APRN students, the acquisition and negotiation of preceptors to supervise practicum experiences is the joint responsibility of the student and the HSON.  All clinical sites and practicum preceptors must be approved by the HSON.  Failure to obtain a clinical/practicum preceptor for a specific course may result in delay or extension of your program of study. 

GWU HSON Faculty assigned to the course will supervise preceptors and students under their direction and assess student performance in conjunction with preceptor feedback.  Information regarding APRN practicum is subject to change as needed.  Students should refer to the practicum course syllabus for the most current information.

All direct patient care practicum hours will be under the direction of an approved, licensed, Nurse Practitioner (NP), Physician Assistant (PA), Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), or Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). The student must utilize at least one Nurse Practitioner while in the program to serve as their preceptor.

All direct patient care practicum hours will be under the direction of an approved, licensed, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Physician Assistant (PA) with a mental health/psychiatric certification, Doctor of Psychiatry (MD-psychiatrist), or approved, licensed Nurse Practitioner who additionally holds certification in an approved psychotherapy discipline.

A limited number of practicum hours can be under the direction of an approved psychotherapist that include the following disciplines: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Licensed Mental Health Professional Counselor (LMHPC), Licensed Psychology Associate (LPA), or a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in psychiatry. All psychotherapists must be fully licensed and not working at a provisional license level with a minimum of two years clinical experience post-graduate education.

The student must utilize at least one Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner while in the program to serve as their preceptor.

The HSON has contracts with over 450 health care facilities. Students may choose a site that is not covered by existing contracts by working with the Clinical Site Specialist. It is the student’s responsibility to meet the facility’s requirement for students regarding immunizations, drug screens, OSHA competencies, BCLS, computer access, etc. Students should utilize the appropriate chain of command at the health care or educational facility, which may require contacting personnel responsible for approving and/or scheduling students at the facility. It is important that the facility is aware of who is using the facility for education purposes, even if it is their own employee. This is important for ensuring patient safety and for accreditation of their facility. GWU must have an active affiliation agreement with any and all facilities students enter as an APRN student. Students are responsible for meeting facility requirements of all facilities they enter as an APRN student.

The GWU Student name badge with picture identification and lab coat must be worn during practicum experiences to identify the student as a Nurse Practitioner student at Gardner-Webb University, even if the student is employed at the practicum facility. Identification as a GWU NP Student will allow others to more easily identify times when the student is in the GWU NP student role. Students are expected to adhere to the facility dress code.

Student clinical placement site and preceptor should be arranged based on course learning objectives. After receiving approval of their site and preceptor by the Clinical Site Specialist, students are expected to plan their clinical schedules with their preceptor/s in order to fulfill the time and experience requirements of the course. Information regarding the clinical course expectations and the types of clinical experiences needed to achieve the student learning objectives are provided to the student and preceptor in the course syllabus.

Students must complete/submit the following prior to beginning the practicum experience:

A. Review the DNP Student Handbook, and complete the Acknowledgement of HSON Program Student Handbook, Policies and Technical Standards form.

B. NP Intent to Precept Form

  • This document is to be completed by the student and signed by the preceptor
  • A copy of the preceptor’s resume and/or curriculum vitae (CV), as well as the signed Intent to Precept form must be given to the Clinical Site Specialist.

C. Preceptor and Clinical Site Request via Typhon

  • Typhon NPST is a Clinical Documentation System utilized by the Hunt School of Nursing for Nurse Practitioner students. Students will be charged an $90 onetime fee for Typhon.
  • NP Students must enter new Preceptor and Clinical Site Requests via Typhon NPST.
  • The Clinical Site Specialist, Mrs. Susan Jenkins, should be contacted for any questions regarding these procedures at [email protected]

D. NP Clinical Passport Information – Required Annually Starting the Spring Semester Prior to Beginning Clinical

  • All documents will be filed electronically via Typhon NPST.
  • Criminal Background Check – See information below.
  • 12 Panel Urine Drug Screen – Conducted on campus during Summer semester.
  • Includes THC, Opiates, Amphetamines, Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, PCP, Barbiturates
  • Tetanus Booster (within the past 10 years)
  • Measles/Rubeola Immunization (or serologic confirmation of immunity)
  • Rubella Immunization (or serologic confirmation of immunity)
  • Mumps Immunization (or serologic confirmation of immunity)
  • Varicella Immunization (or serologic confirmation of immunity)
  • Hepatitis B Series of 3 Immunizations (or serologic confirmation of immunity) or Declination Form
  • PPD (within the past 12 months) OR Chest X-Ray Results
  • Influenza Vaccination or Declination Form
  • OSHA/Bloodborne Pathogens Training
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • HIPAA Training

Students are required to monitor Typhon Clinical Passports and update any expired credentials. Students must confirm that a current Clinical Affiliation Agreement is in place between Gardner-Webb University and the practicum clinical facility (and any affiliates) prior to beginning clinical experiences.

During clinical practicum experiences students must:

  1. Wear a GWU NP student ID badge and lab coat at all times. GWU Student ID badges can be obtained through Gardner-Webb University Campus Police.
  2. Negotiate learning experiences with preceptor.
  3. Seek advice and guidance from preceptor and faculty.
  4. Meet with or contact the preceptor as needed to insure completion of objectives/access to site.
  5. Record all practicum experience encounters and skills as delineated in the course syllabi.
  6. Notify the clinical faculty and Clinical Site Specialist as early as possible of any difficulties experienced in the clinical rotation

Criminal background checks will be done once per program admission through American Databank, and may have to be repeated for:

  • Per agency contractual agreement requirement
  • Readmission
  • Transfer from another school or from one program to another with the same school
  • Students must notify school if there has been a change in status including charges or convictions within 5 days per academic policy.

GWU HSON reserves the right to conduct random urine drug screens or criminal background checks if indicated.

As a condition of participation in practicum educational experiences, each student will be required to submit a satisfactory urine drug screen and criminal record history for all states of residence for the past ten years. 

After the clinical site placements have been secured, the course leader will collaborate with the Clinical Site Specialist in communicating with the student’s preceptor to provide orientation to the preceptor regarding the course learning objectives, University contact information, and helpful preceptor information.

The course faculty member assumes overall responsibility for the clinical component of the clinical course and works closely with the students, course faculty, and preceptors to assist students in achieving the course objectives.

The faculty responsible for the course will continue to communicate with the student and clinical preceptors through phone conversations, emails and / or site visits. The frequency of contact will vary according to the needs of the students and the clinical site. Formative evaluations are ongoing throughout the semester and a final summative evaluation is completed at the end of each semester. The faculty member will make a minimum of one site visit (within 75-mile radius) to each student in the course during the semester.

The course faculty member will:

  1. Confirm preceptor and site.
  2. Collaborate with preceptor and student in provision and evaluation of clinical/practicum experiences.
  3. Provide feedback in a timely manner as needed.
  4. Provide oversight of the experience through site visits, telephone conferences and electronic communication with the preceptor and student.
  5. Monitor student documentation of clinical experiences.
  6. Communicate with the student and the preceptor regularly.
  7. Evaluate the student’s overall performance in conjunction with the preceptor.

The preceptor validates the student’s ability to apply theoretical content in the clinical setting through student observation. The preceptor guides the student as they gradually become responsible for assessment, diagnosis, treatment, health care evaluation and monitoring, health promotion and counseling that form the basis of NP practice. Preceptor supervision of students includes direct observation, review of written documentation, and verbal review of clinical management decisions. In addition, ongoing and immediate informal feedback of the student’s performance in the clinical setting is helpful in addressing the student’s strengths and weaknesses in clinical skills and decision making required in advanced nursing practice.

Preceptors in clinical practicum for NP students must:

  1. Be nationally certified as an advanced practice nurse, nurse midwife, physician assistant, or be a board eligible/certified physician.
    a. For PHMNP students only, a limited number of hours may be completed with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Licensed Mental Health Professional Counselor (LMHPC), Licensed Psychology Associate (LPA), or a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in psychiatry.
  2. Hold current licensure as an advanced practice nurse, nurse midwife, physician assistant, physician, clinical social worker, mental health professional counsellor, psychology associate, or clinical nurse specialist in psychiatry in the state the practicum facility resides.
  3. Possess at least one year of clinical experience following professional education as an advanced practice nurse, nurse midwife, physician assistant or physician. All psychotherapists must be fully licensed and not working at a provisional license level with a minimum of two years clinical experience post-graduate education.
  4. Complete the NP Intent to Precept Form.
  5. Provide current copies of Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
  6. Assist student in securing facility permission for student’s clinical/practicum experience. Assure current Clinical Affiliation Agreement is in place between GWU and clinical agency prior to student beginning clinical practicum.
  7. Provide student direction in meeting facility’s requirements for students.
  8. Review course syllabus and learning objectives.
  9. Provide students with opportunities to apply and advance their ability in health assessment, maintenance, and education, and assist with the care management of selected clients through coordination of learning experiences designed to meet course objectives and student learning objectives (outcomes) for practicum.
  10. Act as a role-model in collaborative physician-advanced practice nurse practice.
  11. Provide patient-student interaction while being available for consultation and review of patient history and physical examination, differential diagnosis, laboratory findings, working diagnoses and treatment plans.
  12. Contact faculty regarding actual or potential problems, concerns or difficulties.
  13. Provide validation/feedback regarding student assessment, clinical decision making and documentation of health care.
  14. Collaborate with faculty and student in the provision of learning activities appropriate to the clinical objectives.
  15. Provide ongoing feedback to the faculty member regarding student performance, progress, strengths and weaknesses and any modifications of learning experiences.
  16. Complete the Clinical Practicum Evaluation via Typhon NPST.

When your preceptor agrees to serve as a preceptor, their demographic information and hours that they precept students are maintained by the Hunt School of Nursing. At the completion of the semester, your preceptor will receive a Certificate of Hours noting the number of clinical hours that they served as preceptor for the GWU Nurse Practitioner student. These documented preceptorship hours are often useful for recertification purposes for the preceptor. Preceptors may also be eligible for a Tuition Voucher from Gardner-Webb University.