CON Graduate Faculty Clinical Supervision Expectations

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Graduate Faculty Clinical Supervision Expectations Subsection: 4.4.9
Section 4.0 - Faculty Policies Originating Date: May 2017
Responsible Reviewing Agency:
Executive Council
Revised: January 2024 (changes)


Establishes expectations for graduate faculty who are working with students in models using preceptors in an indirect supervisory manner.


This policy applies to graduate faculty in courses with a clinical which uses preceptors in an Indirect Supervisory Model.

Prior to Clinical Rotation

  • Understand the specialty clinical competencies within their role area.
  • Understand and follow the written processes/policies, which guide the student-preceptor arrangement including specific agency guidelines (e.g. Nebraska Medicine, VA, Sanford).
  • Communicate progress, i.e. both completed placements and those that are more difficult to locate, to the specialty coordinator or other assigned person in a timely manner.
  • Work with the clinical coordinator to initiate and manage clinical contracts.
  • Provide input to the preceptor orientation and student clinical handbooks.
  • Establish professional communication with preceptor to include acknowledgement of role and receipt of course materials, including evaluation forms which are found in the Preceptor Handbook.

During the Clinical Rotation

  • Complete a minimum of two formal site visits including a formal midterm and final evaluation using the designated evaluation forms. One of these is required to be a direct observation such as a formal site visit via virtual platform or in person
  • Follow the UNMC Specialty guidelines for completing/storing the designated evaluation forms.
  • Perform additional site visits (in person preferred) as required if there are concerns raised by faculty or preceptor pertaining to students’ ability to meet competencies.
  • Discuss clinical concerns and expectations for mentoring into clinical supervision of student role during Specialty Team meetings.
  • Evaluate reflective statements from students (Typhon logs, preceptor hours log, journal entries, group clinical supervision for psychiatric NP student, etc.) every 3 to 4 weeks and provide feedback to the student on a timely basis.
  • Inform course coordinator and/or specialty coordinator of student progress.
  • For an unsatisfactory assessment from the preceptor, there should be formal follow-up site visits or technology-assisted visits to validate the preceptors concerns and observations. Course coordinator should be included in updates and progression decisions.
  • Faculty work in conjunction with the preceptor to determine student’s progress but is responsible for determining and recording the student’s grade.

After the Clinical Rotation

  • Work with Clinical Coordinator to send thank you letters/certificates of appreciation via requirement of specialties.
  • Facilitate receipt of and follow storage guidelines for the designated evaluation forms at end of semester (Semester Summative Evaluation of Student Progress in Achievement of Competency Domains and the Clinical Preceptor Assessment of Student Performance). If forms are not received by the deadline set at the end of the semester, inform student and preceptor that the final grade cannot be posted.