Preceptoring at a Glance

Personal and professional benefits

  • Advance on your employer's career ladder
  • Renew your APRN or DO national board certification with completion of precepted hours
  • Receive tax credits in your state (eligibility required)
  • Bring expertise to a new generation of advanced practice nurses
  • Gain personal satisfaction by instilling values-driven education
  • Include Duquesne University's respected name on your resume/CV for future career advancement

Needed fields

  • Family Practice
  • Psych-Mental Health
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care, including Emergency Medicine and Hospitalists/Intensivists
  • Women's Health
  • Pediatric
  • Forensics
  • Nursing Education

Minimum qualifications

  • An MD, DO or Advanced Practice nursing degree (MSN or DNP)
  • One year or more in current position
  • Certification in field of practice required for NPs; preferred for MDs and DOs

I have been teaching students (pediatric residents and ARNP) for many years and she is one of the best I have taught. She is enthusiastic and helpful and always willing to learn new things... I have really been impressed with the Duquesne Nursing School program.

Pittsburgh MD preceptor

Why Choose Duquesne

  • Free access to valuable resources through the Gumberg Library including UpToDate, AccessMedicine and AccessPharmacy
  • Free access to Isabel Healthcare, the world's most powerful differential diagnosis tool
  • Student discounts (online and local events and vendors) with your Duquesne University email address and ID
  • Barnes & Noble discounts for textbooks, gifts and cell phone carriers
  • Discounted campus parking for downtown Pittsburgh events
  • Free Duquesne Power Center gym and pool access, including weights, aerobic equipment and fitness classes

About the School of Nursing

The Duquesne University School of Nursing is widely recognized as a pioneer in nursing education. Its more than 80 years of rich, innovative history includes Pennsylvania's first BSN program in 1937 and the nation's first online PhD in Nursing program in 1997.

The School of Nursing continues to shape the future of nursing through the creation of evidence-based undergraduate and graduate curricula that is collaborative and flexible, and responsive to industry and technology needs. As part of the curricula, all undergraduate and graduate nursing students have an opportunity for immersive and cultural experiences through our study abroad programs.

We also value the teacher-scholar model. Our faculty are active in scholarship and research activity as well as in the supervision of student research. There has been significant growth in faculty scholarly grants in recent years, with notable strides made in the number of peer-reviewed publications.

U.S. News & World Report Rankings


#63Doctor of Nursing Practice

#45Nursing Programs

Online Graduate

#17Nursing Programs for Veterans

Online Graduate

#5Family Nurse Practitioner Program

Graduate Schools

#4Master's in Nursing Administration


#2Master's in Nursing Education


Graduate Preceptor Sites

Certain graduate courses require students to participate in a clinical preceptorship. A clinical preceptorship is a supervised clinical experience which provides the opportunity for students to apply knowledge gained in the theory portion of the graduate program to clinical practice.

As an enrolled student, you will learn the specific details about your preceptorships in your Canvas course site. Your faculty, clinical coordinator and support team will partner with you to successfully complete your clinical hours.

Some examples of students' preceptor sites include:

  • Family practice offices
  • Internal medicine practices
  • Pediatrician offices
  • OB/GYN outpatient offices
  • Midwifery centers
  • Free community health care clinics
  • Federally qualified healthcare centers
  • Hospital and medical centers (Not applicable to FNP students)
  • County health departments
  • Fertility and reproductive health centers
  • Wellness centers
  • Cancer centers
  • Public schools
  • Convenient Care Clinics/Walk-in Clinics
  • University student health centers
  • Hospice
  • Nursing homes
  • Correctional facilities
  • Police departments (Not applicable to the FNP Students)

Contact Us

Leigh Anne Rethage, BS, BSN, RN

Clinical Coordinator for Online Programs

Leigh Anne Rethage