Preceptorship Policy & Manual

Effective January, 2019

A preceptorship is an opportunity for students to broaden and strengthen their clinical skills under the supervision of a licensed healthcare provider in practice who is acting as a clinical role model. We ask that all preceptors working with NUNM student learners abide by the following requirements:

Administrative Responsibilities

  1. Complete, or provide information through a digital application and receive preceptorship approval prior to a student beginning a rotation. Preceptor applicants practicing outside the United States must provide proof of licensure in that country or permission to practice by the Ministry of Health or equivalent governmental agency. Approved preceptors will be listed on NUNM’s MyCareer digital database.
  2. It is recommended, but not required that the preceptor is covered by professional malpractice liability insurance throughout the preceptorship. If the preceptor is not covered by malpractice insurance, students may only observe and not participate in patient care in any way. It is also recommended, but not required, that the preceptor lists NUNM as a certificate holder on their individual professional liability.  NUNM students are covered by NUNM professional liability insurance if the preceptor has met and observes all eligibility requirements. Declaration is available upon request from the Office of Clinical Education.
  3. If the preceptor is an ND practicing in an unlicensed state or is not covered by malpractice/professional liability insurance, students may only observe and not participate in patient. The preceptor must assure that the student has no physical contact with patients and provides no medical advice in these circumstances.
  4. Please request an update on your profile on MyCareer whenever you have changes to your licensure, malpractice coverage, availability, desired student schedule, student requirements, contact information or anything affecting preceptorship eligibility.
  5. Please discuss, review, and approve the student’s expressed learning goals prior to day 1 of all rotations of more than 8 total hours. Add your own goals in conversation with the student if desired. Students wishing to work with you will then fill out and file a placement record for NUNM records.

Clinical Responsibilities

  1. Preceptors must offer their supervisory services to NUNM students without charge in order to provide equity for all students.
  2. Preceptors must be physically on-site for supervisory purposes whenever the student is present during the rotation.
  3. Orient student to the clinic/site, patient population, most frequent diagnoses seen, procedures commonly performed, and clinic policies and procedures, including HIPAA regulations. Discuss with student the preferred method for communication with the preceptor and/or clinic.
  4. Review the objectives and expectations of the preceptorship as well as the student’s learning goals to determine the type of opportunities that will enhance the student’s learning. Direct the student to resources and evidence-informed readings as applicable.
  5. Promote a collaborative and mutually respectful environment in which to learn while facilitating the student’s progressive independence in clinical knowledge and skills.
  6. Provide daily feedback to improve the student’s clinical and communication skills, case presentation/differential diagnoses, and assessment and management skills. Provide a variety of learning experiences including patient care, business practices and record keeping, if applicable (administrative duties should comprise no more than 10% of the rotation). If available, encourage attendance at team/office meetings.


Preceptor Manual

For more details on preceptor benefits, policies, and best-practices, please review our Preceptor Manual, or reach out to Emma Britton, Director of Career Services.

With Gratitude,

Kelly Baltazar, ND, DC, MS Dean of Naturopathic Medicine:

Emma Britton, Director of Career Services: