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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Preceptors and clinical training

UC Davis has a long history of integrating clinical preceptorship with classroom education.  Both the nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs emphasize community-based, primary-care clinical experiences with clinical rotation sites available in rural and urban settings throughout California.

The School of Nursing welcomes inquiries from potential preceptors in community settings who are interested in taking part in the education of physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Potential preceptors may contact the school directly to obtain a preceptor application or learn more.  School of Nursing representatives evaluate and make decisions on the approval of all clinical sites.

Clinical preceptors and rotations are arranged and approved by the school; it is not the responsibility of the applicant or student to locate preceptor training sites or clinical rotations sites. If an applicant or student has a suggestion for a potential preceptor, the site may be evaluated. The student’s request for a specific preceptor may also be taken into consideration with the goal of coordinating training sites with individual student preferences.

Physician assistant students must complete at least 1,360 hours of clinical rotations and nurse practitioner students must complete at least 720 hours.  Additionally, students in both programs are required to spend between 180 and 640 hours (depending on program) in a primary-care rotation.

Are you interested in being a clinical preceptor? Click here to here for more information.


  • Learn by teaching
  • Identify and recruit talented individuals for your team
  • Participate in preparing the future workforce
  • Continue education
  • Expand professional networks
  • Support and strengthen your profession


Preceptors are needed in the following areas:

  • Primary Care
  • Women's Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Mental Health
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Inpatient Medicine

Volunteer clinical faculty

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis values volunteer clinical faculty as important partners in education. These individuals play a significant role in the mission to transform health care through nursing education, research and leadership. Volunteer clinical faculty are community volunteers who teach and precept School of Nursing students in various health-care and community settings. The appointment constitutes a valuable way to utilize a volunteer’s interest on a part-time, non-salaried, voluntary basis in the areas of teaching, system change research and clinical expertise. For more information, click here.