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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
  • 25% Tuition Alumni Discount for Duquesne's Professional MBA Program

Choose Your Field of Expertise

We are looking for preceptors in:

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


Preceptor Qualifications:

  • An MD, DO or Advanced Practice nursing degree (MSN or DNP) is required
  • 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 on wireless plans, local cultural events and more
  • Barnes & Noble discounts
  • 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 a pioneer in nursing education and online learning. We have a rich, innovative history that includes Pennsylvania's first BSN program, the nation's first online PhD in Nursing program, as well as the dual undergraduate Biomedical Engineering and Nursing, and Forensic Nursing.

The School of Nursing continues to shape the future of nursing through the creation evidence-based undergraduate and graduate curricula that is collaborative and responsive to health care, society 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 strive to create an environment that values a culture of inclusion and openness for faculty, staff, students and community partners in pursuit of teaching/learning, scholarship, research and services, locally and globally. Our faculty are active in scholarship and research activity as well as in the supervision of student research.

By the Numbers

  • 100% Pass Rate on the 2022 AANP and 2022 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
  • 2022/23U.S. News & World Report Rankings
    • #63 Best Doctor of Nursing Practice
    • #45 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
    • #17 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans
    • #5 Best Graduate Schools - Family Nurse Practitioner Program
    • # 4 Best Online Master's in Nursing Administration
    • #2 Best Online Master's in Nurse Education


Leigh Anne Rethage, BS, BSN, RN
Clinical Coordinator for Online Programs
DuqGradNursing@duq.edu | 412.396.1481