Preceptors mentor students to help ensure that each student is prepared to enter the profession. Preceptors and students are paired within the clinical environments where the preceptors are employed.

  • The preceptor provides opportunities to learn with gradually diminishing supervision. Several studies have demonstrated benefits of using preceptors to develop competency and problem-solving abilities in students.
  • Preceptors can be professional nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, nurse educators, or other health care practitioners.
  • The College of Nursing needs anywhere from 100 to 200 preceptors a semester.
  • Preceptors assist in the clinical education of UF nursing students. Preceptors’ practices include private offices, clinics, county departments of health, home healthcare, hospitals, and agencies such as homeless shelters.
  • They stretch from as far south as Miami to even some places in Georgia, depending on where the students complete their clinical experiences.

Benefits of being a Preceptor:

  • Tuition scholarships at UF are available to those who precept. Please email the Office of Student Affairs to request the “Request for Clinical Preceptor Incentives” form in order to begin the process.
  • Courtesy faculty appointments available for nurse practitioners and physicians. Benefits of a courtesy appointment include formal affiliation with UF, access to online research resources available through the Health Science Center Libraries, and the use of certain facilities including campus research libraries and recreational facilities.
  • Advanced practice degree preceptors (nurse practitioner programs) may use preceptor hours toward American Nurses Credentialing Center recertification.
  • Opportunity to attend College of Nursing educational conferences free of charge.

Becoming a Preceptor

Preceptors are needed for both undergraduate and graduate students completing clinical experiences.

  • Apply online
  • Preceptors agree to mentor a student on a semester basis.
  • Our curriculum runs year-round, with preceptors needed for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.
  • The Fall and Spring semesters run for 16 weeks, and the Summer semester runs for 12 weeks.
  • The College of Nursing provides a detailed package of information for those who agree to precept including practicum objectives, information regarding the role of mentor, and evaluation forms.
  • Course/track faculty coordinators maintain close and continuous connections with preceptors to ensure a positive experience for both preceptor and student.

Contact Us

  • Undergraduate (BSN) Program | please contact Dr. Debra Lynch Kelly at or call 352-273-6390
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program | please contact Dr. Rene Love, at or call 352-273-6559