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Become a Preceptor for Graduate Students

Pursue Bigger Goals While Giving Back

Being a preceptor has many benefits, including:

  • 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

Choose Your Field of Expertise

We are looking for preceptors in:

  • Family Practice
  • Psych-Mental Health
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care
  • Women's Health
  • Pediatric
  • Forensics
  • Nursing Education


Please note that we are seeking preceptors who have:

  • 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

Apply now to become a preceptor.

Why Choose Duquesne

We offer a variety of resources to help you be successful:

  • 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.

By the Numbers

  • 100% Pass Rate on the 2020 AANP and 2020 ANCC Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examinations for four consecutive years
  • NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education: Achievements in Student Learning and Development, 2008-2024
  • 2021 U.S. News & World Report Rankings
    • #38 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
    • #3 Best Online Master's in Nurse Education
    • #5 Best Graduate Schools - Family Nurse Practitioner Program
    • #12 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans # 4 Best Online Master's in Nursing Administration


Leigh Anne Rethage, BS, BSN, RN
Clinical Coordinator for Online Programs | 412.396.1481