Preceptors Needed at Marymount

Marymount University School of Nursing is in search of registered nurses in a variety of disciplines across the country. 

Preceptors are valuable healthcare providers who share their experiences and help mentor nursing students by providing real-world learning opportunities in Virginia and experiences in a clinical setting. 


About Marymount University 

The Marymount University Malek School of Nursing Professions has equipped and inspired future nurses for over 50 years. Marymount nursing students are taught using a holistic approach and are focused on caring for patients throughout the lifespan.
As a Marymount preceptor, you will be working with Accelerated BSN nursing students that have been educated at the highest level of academic excellence. Located in Arlington, VA, our Catholic university is focused on clinical education, compassionate care and service-oriented learning experiences that empower nurses to Live and Learn with Purpose. A large part of that empowerment comes from our preceptor community. 


Shape the Next Generation of Nurses 

Nurses become preceptors for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the most common is the opportunity to share their expertise with nursing students and witness those students’ professional development amidst their own clinical settings. 

Benefits of becoming a preceptor include: 

  • Flexible scheduling: Choose the hours and days that work best for you and the student, as long as they meet the program requirements.
  • Professional development: Enhance your own skills and knowledge by working with diverse and motivated students. This may also qualify as continuing education credits or contact hours.
  • Personal satisfaction: Make a positive impact on future nurses and pay forward the experience you had with your preceptor. 
NU 230 – Introduction to Professional Nursing & Scholarship

This course serves as an introduction to the professionalism and professional values of nursing. A historical perspective is used to provide background for subsequent study of contemporary nursing practice and research. Prerequisites: BIO 161, BIO 161L, BIO 162, and BIO 162L. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: WI, DSINQ. (3 credits)

NU 302 - Health Assessment 

Prepares the student to perform a comprehensive health assessment of the adult client. Communication, documentation, ethical, spiritual, and cultural considerations, as well as risk related to environmental, genetic, and lifestyle factors are included. Course includes a laboratory component. Corequisite: NU 231. (3 credits)

NU 334 – Mental Health Promotion and Illness Management

Focuses on mental health promotion and the care of clients with acute and chronic mental illness. Primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention are addressed. The curriculum components of the health care system, research, education, and society are addressed as these relate to mental health and mental illness. The nursing process is applied as students assess, diagnose, plan, intervene, and evaluate the care of clients experiencing mental illness. Knowledge of the nurse-patient relationship is expanded as students provide client care. Course includes lecture and clinical components. Prerequisites: NU 230, NU 231, NU 302, NU 306, and NU 307. Corequisite or prerequisite: NU 308. (4 credits)

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NU 403 – Research and Evidence-Based Practice

An introduction to the process of systematic investigation necessary for the continued development of the body of knowledge that forms the basis of nursing practice. The purpose of this course is to provide learners with the opportunity to systematically examine the research process, characteristics of practice-based research leading to the development of evidence-based nursing practice, and methodologies appropriate to the investigation of researchable nursing-practice problems. Emphasis is placed on guiding learners through the research process, facilitating the critical reading of nursing and related research, developing skill in identifying researchable problems encountered in the practice of nursing, and stimulating the intelligent application of research findings to nursing practice. Focus is given to the interrelatedness and interdependence of the parts of the research process and evidence-based practice issues. Prerequisites: MA 132 and NU 308. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: DSINQ. (3 credits)

NUF 701 – Innovative Models of Care Delivery

Prepares students to demonstrate clinical, organizational, and systems-level leadership through study and design of innovative models of care delivery. It emphasizes the application of continuous quality management (CQM) principles and business process improvement (BPI) strategies in model development. Attendant course content focuses on developing skills in organizational and policy arenas, applying principles of practice management, balancing productivity with quality of care, and encouraging a culture that emphasizes practice excellence. (3 credits)

NU 707 – Leadership, Quality & Ethics in Health Care

Analyze and demonstrate evidenced-based leadership skills as core competencies in nursing to improve quality in patient care and strengthen nursing as a profession. Emphasis is on the theories of professional leadership, personal leadership, skill building, quality improvement, ethical values, moral agency, and change. (3 credits)

HCM 550 – Health Care Finance 

Focuses on the financial management of health care organizations, addressing issues unique to health care organizations. Create, read, and interpret financial statements and key financial ratios within the health care industry and assess the financial health of an organization. Discuss the importance of credit, the time value of money, and learn to develop a long-range financial plan that supports an organization's strategic plan. The course will also review the legal, regulatory, and ethical obligations that are critical to sound financial management. (3 credits)

NU 800 – Residency

An advanced nursing practicum that provides an opportunity for the student to integrate and synthesize knowledge and skills acquired in graduate coursework. Emphasis is placed on demonstrating increasing competency in the integration of principles of evidence-based practice and science-based theories when making patient-focused decisions. The curricular elements and competencies include evidence-based practice, interprofessional collaboration, leadership, organizational systems, principles of business, health care policy, evaluation of clinical outcomes, information systems and technology, prevention strategies, and health promotion. These elements are operationalized as the student develops competence in evaluating the links among practice, organizational, population-based, fiscal, and policy issues. (3 credits)

ABSN Curriculum

Preceptors have the opportunity to support nursing students from 40 up to 96 clinical rotation hours, depending on the course. Students are required to complete 472 clinical hours to complete the program.



Preceptors have the opportunity to support students for up to 1,000 clinical rotation hours.



Preceptors have the opportunity to support students for up to 700 clinical rotation hours.



Preceptors have the opportunity to support students for up to 1,000 clinical rotation hours.



Preceptors have the opportunity to support students for up to 750 clinical rotation hours.


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 nurse to become a preceptor?
  • Registered Nurse (BS grad, AD grad) and licensed in the state precepting
  • Minimum of 1 year work experience as a licensed RN, depending on state precepting
  • Holds a current CPR card
  • Carries professional liability insurance either from their employer or on their own
How do preceptors evaluate students?

Preceptors have opportunities to provide 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.